Thread: Confirmed with Link: Stars sign Molin to 3 year ELC
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06-16-2012, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by piqued View Post
Vance might be a guy you wait and see on, maybe wait til next spring. I think it's fair to say he didn't impress quite to the extent Molin/Jokipakka/Stransky did in their post-draft seasons. Of course he still has his size so I'd be shocked if he wasn't ultimately signed.
That's true that offensively he didn't break out like some of us expected, but the Defending Big D end of season report did indicate that defensively he's taken significant strides towards being a big, shutdown defender.

alking to scouts, it's clear that Vance's strength lies in his mobility relative to his size. A big defenseman like Vance usually has trouble with his skating and especially has an issue in close-quarters play where smaller players are able to use their agility to get around the big guys in front. Vance doesn't have this issue and he's been able to develop a keen ability on the defensive side of his game that shows that while he may have been considered an "offensive" defenseman when he was drafted, he likely projects a very large blue liner who can effectively move the puck out of the zone in transition when needed.

The Stars are making a attempt at building a system that breeds big, strong defensemen with good puck skills and players like that are a very valuable commodity in the NHL. Vance is getting rave reviews about his ability to defend around the net and in transition, and despite limited power play time with the Tigers has put up fairly respectable offensive numbers.

Vance is still just 18 years old and is relatively young for a prospect of his experience level. He still has time to hone his already-considerable hockey intelligence and to continue to build upon his offensive skill. It's his size and ability to defend in front, however, that makes him an exciting prospect to watch.
Like you said though the key thing is size. GMJN and the team's almost manic obsession with size since 2009 is the primary reason I agree there's little chance this guy doesn't get a contract with the team. The only roadblock could be his own realization that he'd be buried under a deep, deep group of defenders. However, you'd think he'd be loyal to the Stars for being the reason he's in the position he currently is.

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