Thread: Prospect Info: Rangers Prospect Poll: #6 TIE-BREAKER
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07-29-2012, 04:01 PM
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I remember our 1996 first rounder Jeff Brown being touted the same way, and he failed to even cme close making the NHL. That is more common than people realize for late picks.

Skjei haas a 50-50 shot of making the NHL, and if he makes it is 50-50 to be top-4 as opposed to the bottom pairing.

I like the pick, but lets be realistic about it until he shows further progress. There is a reason 27 teams passed on him, and he hasn't played one second since then to prove those GMs wrong.
Skjei has a 90% chance of being an NHL regular--again it is the size/skating combination along with the attention to detail that comes with basing his game to the position he plays. His skating is at the very least top 3 in his draft class. He does not play an exciting type of game--so it's easy to say there's nothing special. The question eventually will be is he top 4 material or a 5-6. We have the same questions still with McIlrath. Just on pure hockey skills and smarts Skjei is better than McIlrath at the time we drafted him. He doesn't have Dylan's physical game. Keep in mind that Brady is going to an excellent college program and that Rangers develop their players well.

Kreider was always disappointing posters here too. 'His numbers suck!' The size/skating combination means you have a guy who can play if he continues progressing. There's no reason to believe he won't. Like Kreider (on his draft day) he already has elements of his game that are NHL worthy.

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