: Prospect Info:
2012 16th Overall - Tom Wilson, Right Wing
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06-23-2012, 10:06 AM
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Northern Virginia
If everything pans out, he could be that rare asset — a power forward with something of a scoring touch, a bull in a china shop, and an intimidating presence.
So much has to go right for players not at the elite level (like a Bobby Ryan) to make that evolution, though.
You could poke holes here and there, but let's start with skating. When skating isn't a strong suit in juniors, the transition to the NHL is liable to be an eye opener.
If he's just a pugilist, well that's not a #16 pick. I'll love it if he grows into a decent NHL skater with hands and snarl. If he brings size and snarl and character, but no hands and awful skating, that's a bad pick.
Drafting power forwards, unless we're talking about special players, is such a crapshoot. Sure, he
be a Lucic. The odds are longer than I'd like for a pick that high, with safer producers still on the board. Hope for the best.
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