Thread: Pre-Game Talk: 2012 NHL Entry Draft Talk
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11-19-2011, 12:53 AM
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^^ Yep, just seems likely that BPA will be a D.

But i still really love the way Zemgus Girgensons plays, seen him ranked top 10 to low 20s, so there's definitely differing opinions. I feel he plays the right way - physical, good hands/shot, has a non-stop motor, reliable at both ends of the ice and is a leader with an unquestionable work ethic. Is a natural center, but is said to play wing just as well. The quotes on this guy from his coach are just what Gillis looks for:

At the beginning of the year, we had all our players write down their two best attributes,” Montgomery recalled. “Zemgus wrote ‘puck protection’ and ‘I will never give up.’ And I couldn’t agree more. I describe him as a relentless player. His intensity, his never-say-die attitude; you would think he comes from Moose Jaw.”
"You can pretty much throw (Girgensons) out there with anyone because he has a high level of hockey sense, makes his teammates better and gets them the puck at good times," Montgomery told "He's a give-and-go player and has great speed, but the most important thing is, as he goes, the people around him work harder.
Is that not the kind of guy this team needs? Despite not speaking great english, he was made Captain after one year in the USHL. He is a very loyal guy if you read his comments about possibly moving to the Dub.

And how could you not like this:

4. Whom in the NHL do you watch and say, "That's someone I need to be playing like?" or "I see parts of his game I can work into mine?"

"I like Ryan Kesler [of the Vancouver Canucks] because we play the same style and he has so much passion for hockey. He would be the one I would choose."
Only difference is skating. I don't see anything wrong with Girgensons' skating, its not on Kesler's level. But playing style is similar for sure.

Another guy similar to ZG is Jarrod Maidens, who has been rising up the lists in the past 2 months. Heres an HF article for those interested:

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