2012 NHL Draft: Part 2
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06-27-2012, 10:47 AM
Join Date: Jul 2006
@MaStrozyk: Nathan Walker, the undrafted Australian winger playing in Czech Republic, has been invited to #Caps training camp.
42. Nathan Walker, Left Wing, Vitkovice- Czech Extraliga
Nathan Walker is quite a unique player, having a British and Australian background while suiting up for Australia in international competition. He is the first Australian to play in a top Europeans men's league. He's an above-average puck-handler who certainly has the skills to make things happen with the puck. Walker is also a pretty advanced thinker for his age, a big factor to the ice time he's gotten playing in the Czech Extraliga, as he's a responsible two-way thinker who knows where he needs to be in his own end and makes good, quick decisions with the puck. Walker has impressive vision and can certainly move the puck around well. He is an above-average skater who ideally would have an extra gear as a 5'9" player but can move around the ice just fine and is quick on his first few steps. He has a somewhat forward lean that gets him a little lower than you'd like a 5'9" player to be though. Despite his smaller stature, Walker is pretty strong and is very aggressive and physical. He takes his assignments with the body in the defensive end, and shows no fear from driving the high percentage areas. He lines up at left wing at even strength, but on the power play I have seen him play right wing to take advantage of his shot that can score from a distance.
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