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07-23-2012, 11:10 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
This is from late February. A few days before the trading deadline
Spoke to a New York Rangers scout who was there to watch Dan DeKeyser, Matt Tennyson and Jordie Johnston, who scored Ferris State’s goal in regulation. Asked if he felt DeKeyser was ready to turn pro, the scout shook his head.
“I have a defenseman from Sweden, kid named Erixon, who I absolutely love and he’s just like five out there. Same build. And he’s getting eaten alive in the American League right now.” The scout said that DeKeyser has the brains and the hands, but not yet the leg and upper-body strength to stay afloat during the long war of a professional season.
That comment sounds like it came from Gordie Clark's mouth. He talks that way.
When Erixon was recalled in March,he still had a hard time. His lack of strength is a concern and he kept getting hit. Del Zotto played in the NHL as a 19 year old. Erixon as a 20/21 year old has trouble with physical play. He was overmatched physically.
I heard Howson's conference call. Erixon was included because he wanted a top prospect. Sather wasn't giving up 3 forwards including Miller in the deal. Kreider was off-limits. So it was Erixon. Craig Patrick scouted the Whale last winter. That's how they knew about JAM.
Torts told Kay that Erixon had the potential to be a really good player but he had not seen it.
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