: Prospect Info:
Round I, Pick #28: Brady Skjei, D
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06-23-2012, 10:20 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
Grant Sonier had Skjei rated #19 overall.
Size and skating make Skjei very attractive and I would not be surprised if a team stepped up and selected him higher than I have him listed. His physical tools, especially his range of skating, are already NHL-like to go along with his size and overall ability. He had a solid World U-18s, where I believe he jumped up the draft charts for many.
Sonier had Skjei going to Chicago at #18 in his mock
Skjei's size and skating are so attractive that the Hawks will not be able to pass on him. Playing for the U.S. national developmental team -- based in Ann Arbor, Michigan -- puts him in the backyard of Chicago's head scout and you can bet he's gotten plenty of viewings. The more you watch Skjei, the more you realize what he has is natural.
NHL skater at the age of 18. Like Chris Kreider and his skating ability in 2009.
Sonier analysis of the selection
Tremendous size and skating are the hallmarks of his game. He's got natural overall ability. He's the type of player who, the more I watch, the more I like him. He helped lead the USNTDP to its fourth straight gold medal and proved to be one of the leaders on that team.
This is the second time the Rangers have dipped into the USNTDP in the past two first rounds, having selected J.T. Miller in 2011.
The Blueshirts have some prospect depth on the blue line now, perhaps giving them a little trade ammunition for that scoring forward this summer.
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