: Prospect Info:
Round I, Pick #28: Brady Skjei, D
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06-22-2012, 09:49 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
When you get past the fact that Skjei is a 6-3, 200-pound defenseman, which obviously is attractive on its own, you begin to see the breadth of his talent. For a player at his size, mobility is almost an added bonus. When you consider some scouts are calling Skjei the best skater in the draft, itís enough to make a few teams in the latter half of the first round drool at their good fortune.
Skjeiís standout tool is obviously his skating. Itís not just speed, itís the ability to use his feet efficiently with good edge work and an explosive first step. He doesnít have overwhelming puck skills, but he certainly makes up for it with his feet. He knows how to pursue and protect the puck and uses his physical tools pretty well.
It figures that Skjei has an uncle that is a skating coach, because I donít know that Iíve seen a player come into a draft as technically sound as this guy on his feet.
While his offensive upside is questionable, itís a part of his game that has shown marked improvement and could eventually round out enough to him being more of a two-way guy.
Defensively, he is pretty sound. He makes really great decisions and as long as he keeps his game simple defensively, he becomes really tough to beat. Again, a lot of that has to do with his feet.
Skjei is going to have a lot of room to skate next year at Minnesota on the Olympic ice, which should help make him an instant impact player in college. Heís going to be an exciting talent to watch as his game continues to round out.
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