: Andrew Gross:
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06-22-2011, 11:10 AM
2 is better than one
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I have the same impression as well. That Torts would love to have this kid on his team. Even if he lacks a little in the skill department compared to some of the others who might be around Biggs sounds like a player who will go through a wall for his team.
There's another dimension as well--at least a major reason for drafting McIlrath last year was the 'physical' aspect of his game. The idea that you have a guy who can take a regular shift and who is miserable to play against. We sometimes talk here about the need to replace no-talent fighters with guys who can handle themselves, protect teammates and earn their share of ice time. If Biggs can turn out anywhere close to Lucic--then he'll be a very good pick.
The question with Biggs is offensive upside. You know that he'll hit, fight, stand up for his teammates, be a rah-rah guy in the room etc. What you don't know if his hands will ever catch up to the rest of what he brings to the table. My take is he's not a razzle dazzle kind of player, but has a good shot and a nose for the game. He's not a scrub. With some development and PP time, he could be a 25 goal scorer at the NHL level. If you know that you'll get that year in and year out for a decade, why wouldn't you take him in the first round?
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