View Single Post
04-18-2011, 04:03 PM
Student Of The Game
seventieslord's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Regina, SK
Country: Canada
Posts: 31,054
vCash: 500
With the 907th pick in ATD2011, The Regina Pats are pleased to select:

Bryan McCabe, D

- 6'2", 220 lbs
- NHL 2nd All-Star Team (2004)
- Placed 4th, 9th in Norris Voting
- Placed 4th, 9th, 14th in All-Star Voting
- Top-15 in Scoring by Defensemen 4 Times (3rd, 4th, 10th, 13th)
- Top-5 in Playoff Scoring by Defensemen 2 Times (4th, 5th)
- Career adjusted +101
- Durable: 69+ games in 13 of 14 seasons, has seven 82 game seasons (tied with Recchi, Iginla, Kariya, H.Sedin for most 82-game seasons since 1996)
- Never lower than 3rd in team TOI. Has been 1st or 2nd in 11 of 14 seasons.

Originally Posted by
McCabe played just two-and-a-half years with New York, but did serve as the team's captain for a season. He, Todd Bertuzzi and a third-round pick in 1998 were sent to Vancouver for Trevor Linden in February, 1998. McCabe's stay on the Canadian west coast was short-lived as he was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks which in turn was even shorter. After just one year in the Windy City, McCabe was sent to the Maple Leafs in October, 2000.

In the 2001 playoffs McCabe played the finest hockey of his young NHL career. "It was a lot of fun," said McCabe who was making his first appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs. "I'm not satisfied though. It was tough losing in the second round." After a disappointing second round loss in the 2001 playoffs, McCabe and the Leafs looked to rebound in 2001-02. Having posted a career high in points with 29 the previous year, McCabe broke out offensively in 2001-02 scoring 17 goals and 43 points and was instrumental in Toronto's run to the Eastern Conference Final against the Carolina Hurricanes. Although Toronto lost the series in six games to the upstart Hurricanes, the team fought to the bitter end, tying the game in the dying seconds before losing in overtime.

McCabe's totals dipped in 2002-03 and the St. Catherines native missed his first games since the 2000-01 season. Coming off a sub-par year offensively, McCabe rebounded in 2003-04, registering a career high 53 points (16-37-53). He bettered those totals over the next two seasons with the Leafs, registering 68 points in 2005-06 and 57 in 2006-07.
Originally Posted by
A hard-nosed defender... Prior to his third NHL campaign, the Islanders surprisingly named the 22-year-old the sixth captain in team history... Over his five-year stint with the Maple Leafs, McCabe has blossomed into the team's No. 1 defenseman. In 2003-04, he finished fourth in the Norris Trophy voting and was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team. In 2005-06, he has picked up where he left off before the lockout and has been at or near the top of the points-list for NHL defensemen throughout the season.
Originally Posted by Hockey Almanac 1996-97
An offensive defenseman, McCabe has a mean streak and doesn't mind throwing his weight around. He has good speed up and down the ice (but he isn't as quick side to side). He has a good shot, which he leans into hard, using his size and weight to increase the shot's velocity. As a rookie, he spent most of his concentration on playing a solid brand of defense, which the team desperately needed. He's a big talker on the ice - not baiting opponents, necessarily - but keeping his head in the game by constantly chattering with his partner and other teammates. the Islanders love McCabe's toughness and his offensive promise. They're also impressed with how he made the transition from juniors, where he was more of a freewheeling player, to the NHL, where he played a more low-risk style. Not many rookies would have been able to demonstrate that poise and maturity.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 1996-97
Has made a successful transition to the NHL... a vocal guy who annoys opponents, which keeps him in the game, He isn't easily intimidated. Has a sixth sense for offensive opportunities and a booming slapshot. not a great skater... For a rookie, McCabe was a consistent performer. Although results will show that he did put his tremendous offensive instincts on hold to better concentrate on his defensive duties, the kid still has a lot to learn in his own end... he'll be a good one.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1996-97
McCabe's offensive game was supposed to be ahead of his defensive aspects, but he sat back and studied the game a bit in his rookie season. He is still hesitant in his own zone and will get caught, but he is willing to work to improve. McCabe has tremendous offensive instincts. He knows when to jump up into the attacking zone. He has a heavy, major-league slapshot. McCabe moves the puck well and it won't be long before he s running the team's power play. McCabe's skating style is unorthodox. It's not fluid, and there appears to be a hitch in his stride. When he has the puck or is jumping into the play, he has decent speed, but his lack of mobility defensively is one of his few flaws. McCabe loves to play and loves to compete.

McCabe is not afraid to drop the gloves, and can handle himself in a bout. He is a sturdy bodychecker... he is big and strong and shows leadership... his performance exceeded even some of the more optimistic expectations... he proceeded cautiously, but improved throughout the season... McCabe has a wonderful attitude and is a possible future team captain.

WILL - Move the puck
WON'T - Carry Isles alone
EXPECT - Strength on puck
DON'T EXPECT - To push him around
Originally Posted by McKeen's Hockey Pool Yearbook 1996-97
gradually improved throughout the season and was a bright spot in an otherwise bleak year... strong, mobile and physical when required... showed remarkable poise and maturity... considering he didn't have the benefit of a Bourque to guide the way, his performance is even more impressive.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 1997-98
the least talked-about up-and-coming blueliner on Long Island, he quietly passed his sophomore test with honours... McCabe's defensive style and gritty play will earn him rave reviews, but his offensive style will be limited by his skating ability. Some say he'll grow into a Scott Stevens-type blueliner... feisty, tough defenseman. Makeup of a true leader. never-quit attitude. Makes a good first pass and can support the offense. Booming shot.... awkward skater. Growing pains in his zone as he's sometimes caught out of position, but that improved a lot in the second half.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1997-98
He was asked to be one of the Islanders' top cops last season, which is a waste of his abilities. He is not tough, but he is very competitive... He handled a lot of tough checking assignments against other team's top physical lines... He moves the puck well and can run an NHL powerplay... He is maturing into a reliable, all-around defender.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1998-99
Defensively, McCabe plays well positionally and doesn't get mesmerized by the puck. He kills penalties well and blocks shots... pushes himself and competes hard.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2000
He doesn't have a classic, fluid stride, but he can get to where he's going...has strong leadership qualities.
Originally Posted by McKeen's Hockey Pool Yearbook 1999-2000
briefly impressed with the Canucks but fell into a lengthy mid-season slump before recovering late in the year... gritty rearguard is coveted for his competitiveness, leadership and steady defense but has also displayed the mobility and skills to be a bigger offensive contributor in time... logged over 30 minutes a game down the stretch as Marc Crawford's most reliable blueliner.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2001
A team player who will go to war...
Originally Posted by McKeen's Hockey Pool Yearbook 2000-01
Former Islanders' captain was thrust into a major role during Boris Mironov's holdout last fall and stumbled to a -21 before settling down in the second half... Feisty, aggressive blueliner was guilty of trying to do too much early on, but after midseason, began to display the steady, two-way defense that had prompted management to cough up the 4th overall pick at the '99 draft.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2002
In good physical condition...
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2001-02
a pretty good acquisition for Toronto... may have finally found a home after being bounced around the league. He still baffles people at times with some of the decisions he makes, but overall, he was probably the Leafs' best defenseman last year. he's physical and has quite a bit of offensive skill. Furthermore, he's good at making the first pass out of the zone and blessed with above-average wheels. McCabe, a good team player, became the triggerman of the PP last year and tied for the team lead in +/-... will probably face more pressure in 2002 to continue as the Leafs' best all-around blueliner...
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2003
McCabe's offensive upside gave the Maple Leafs the confidence to trade ***** ******... took full advantage of the extra PP time... McCabe understands that the physical part of the game is a major element of his success... the trade for McCabe from Chicago was daytime robbery. He played well after the deal and topped himself last season. McCabe is not an elite defenseman but he is not far below that. McCabe had a big playoffs going up against other teams' top lines.
Originally Posted by McKeen's Hockey Pool Yearbook 2002-03
building on a breakthrough performance in the 2001 playoffs, continued to grow exponentially... scored 17 goals, 2nd among NHL blueliners, and even managed to take it to another level in the playoffs... A spirited and mobile all-around workhorse, McCabe has matured into a tough, low-risk defender while steadily gaining confidence in his puckcarrying abilities and power play skills, including an uncanny ability to get shots through traffic (led the team in icetime, hits and blocked shots in the playoffs)... a Norris trophy nomination can't be far away based on his development since arriving in Toronto...
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2002-03
Everything finally clicked for McCabe last season as he displayed toughness, offensive production and the ability to lead a blueline. He dwarved his previous highs in goals and points, while becoming a team leader on the Leafs. McCabe plays in all situations but is most dangerous on the PP, having perfected the one-time slapshot from the top of the slot. His reckless style makes it seem as if he's out of control at times, but he's quickly losing his bad habits... he's now the unquestioned leader of the Toronto blueline.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2004
Routinely handles checking assignments against other teams' top lines.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2003-04
The most noteworthy aspect of McCabe's 2002-03 season may have been his Mohawk-style haircut, which earned him derision from teammates and opponents alike. Certainly, his performance was less than hair-raising as much was expected following his great 2002 playoff showing. Instead, he returned to his inconsistent ways. When on, he is a physical force and an uncomfortable foe to line up against. However, he lacks hockey sense and doesn't always make the best decision with the puck.
Originally Posted by McKeen's Hockey Pool Yearbook 2005-06
looked out of shape and lethargic during a late-season stay with HV-71 which promptly earned him a ticket home... finished among the top blueliners in 2003-04 in both goals and points, to become the first Maple leaf defenseman in 23 years to earn a berth on a postseason NHL all-star team. Tough, mobile workhorse plays a spirited physical game and bolsters the PP due to a gift for getting his high-powered shot on target... however, his game can suddenly unravel at inopportune times...
Originally Posted by Slam! Sports Blog, 2005-12-11
Teams have watched video and realize the key to stopping the Leafs with the man advantage is nullifying the terrifying shot of point man Bryan McCabe
Originally Posted by Panthers GM
Bryan is a big, strong, hard-hitting defenceman who also possesses the ability to be a goal-scorer and play on special teams. He will be counted on to play an integral role on our defence and to help bring future success to our franchise.
Originally Posted by Panthers teammate, 2010
"He's done a great job as captain... He leads by example everyday. I've been really impressed with Bryan, the way he's carried himself. He probably learned a lot from playing with guys like Mats (Sundin)."
Originally Posted by McKeen's Hockey Pool Yearbook 2010-11
Helped absorb the loss of Jay Bouwmeester while delivering a work ethic and consistency unmatched by many of his teammates... stepped up to lead the club in scoring over the final quarter, propelling him over 40 points for a fifth time... tough, hard-shooting workhorse plays a spirited physical game most nights.. awkwardly mobile... top speed is solid but can be sluggish in turns and pivots... a powerplay weapon thanks to good hands and a high-powered shot... varies up delivery speeds and methods... namely moving laterally to create open lanes... accountable player who shows up to do battle... can get burned 1-on-1 due to poor reads and positioning, yet has managed to simplify his game and focus on reducing braincramp errors... focused on making smarter puckmoving decisions last season... albeit still gives up possession too hastily at times, especially under intense pressure.
Originally Posted by Hockey Prospectus 2010-11
Playing in Florida must be quite a culture shock after spending much of your time in Toronto. the fans turned on McCabe during the end of his tenure in Leafland - wrongfully so - and the move to Florida has allowed him to be the defenseman he is without constantly being criticized for it. the fact is, McCabe's not the best defender, but he can move the puck and has an absolute cannon from the point on the power play. Coach DeBoer has correctly utilized McCabe in an offensive role, over 4 minutes per game on the PP, and has played him against fair, but not overly difficult competition. Within that role, McCabe has produced solid offensive numbers at even strength and on the man advantage.

seventieslord is offline   Reply With Quote