Thread: Prospect Info: Round II, Pick #59: Boo Nieves
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06-29-2012, 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted by xander View Post
This is all hypothetical (prospects are a crapshoot, etc.), but is Hagelin an out of line hope for Nieves? Could you see the kid growing into that sort of player (exceptional feet, average to below average hands, good head, probably a bottom 6 player on his own merits, but capable of providing a complimentary role on a top 6 line)?
Hypothetically, yes, I think that is a reasonable hope.

It's harder for guys with exceptional speed because the expectation is always there for more. There is still this mindset that speed = scoring. However, the two are not mutually exclusive.

Speed is also a dangerous weapon on a penalty kill, to tire teams out and for other game winning strategies. Sometimes you just have to make sure you're okay with knowing the guy isn't going to be Pavel Bure.

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