2012 NHL Entry Draft
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06-22-2012, 03:13 PM
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Maata's skating just seems slow and this is a skating league these days. Admittedly don't have a feel for his gap control which can mitigate this.
He seems to use a pretty long stick. That and his wingspan allow him to gap up pretty well. Some scouts seem to believe he may be NHL-ready but I'm not sure he has the overall strength to hold his own in the corners.
Grigorenko & Gaunce seems possible. A yin/yang center combo. Right around 16 is where it seems to really open up and it'll be interesting to see if it even opens up before that.
Agree on trading up to 7-9 with the 54 if Grigorenko tumbles and he's their guy. A recently Russian-friendly drafting team in Tampa Bay could pass on a D for him and still get a fairly decent D at 19. (Or just move that pick...) I'm not sure Grigorenko is a prospect a team is going to fall for but at some point the reward outweighs the risk. His raw ability and offensive awareness are pretty special but there's quite a bit for him to learn to be a successful two-way 2C.
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