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2012 Draft | #15 | Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa 67s
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06-23-2012, 09:19 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
First off, really surprised Murray admitted going for Ceci because he is a local player. While I have no problem with him acknowledging that was a 'small factor', I'd have much preferred if he said his scouts clearly indicated he was the BPA - which he didn't. Anyways...
I do like Ceci overall, but I just don't think he has huge upside. The good news, is I don't think he has massive risk either. He is a solid skater, with a big frame and a big shot. He isn't great defensively, but I think he could become quite good. The thing is though, i don't think he'll be that elite offensive either. He doesn't have great lateral ability, and as MacKenzie mentioned, he isn't really a true PP quarterback either. He'll be the trigger man on the point for a PP QB like Karlsson. My issue is I'm not sure how good he is at getting his shot through, but time will tell, and that can be an acquired skill.
Overall, i think Ceci is probably going to remind some of us of Chris Phillips. Phillips was brought in with higher expectations than Ceci will, as a big two-way franchise defender, but because his skills weren't truly elite, he ended up as a more of a defensive cornerstone, never quite good enough offensively to justify top PP time. Ceci is probably a bit better offensively (although not a better skater), Phillips is a bit tougher and uses his body more at the same age (which is saying something into itself - Ceci will never be a nasty guy to player against).
Can't say I have any major complaints though, especially given our scouting staffs resume over the past 4 or 5 years. Ceci could get a long look this fall, but will likely be with the team part-time by next year (given he is an overager and can play in the AHL in 13/14). And given we have some major nastiness in the system with Boro-Cop, Gryba and Blood, Ceci could be a solid-two way guy for us paired with one of those guys, along with Karlsson and Cowen eating up major minutes. Claessen and Weircioch will also be in the mix.
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