Thread: Speculation: Matt Gilroy
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07-30-2012, 03:38 AM
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Gilroy may be a slow developer. His skating is well above average. His passing is solid, he can get to confident and guess on passes instead of looking. When he's not confident he's useless.

His game requires a coach to give him a leash in regard to skating with the puck. If he's playing safe and reserved his deficiencies become glaring. He's not an elite passer, just good, his offense is based around pinching and using his speed to create lanes to pass through. He can't play in a system where he's not allowed to jump in, doesn't have the shot and isn't a visionary QB. His size isn't the issue, he's just not good on the boards. My guess is poor fundamentals from overreliance on puckmovement in college.

A patient coach who won't chew him out and knows how correct **** like that would be ideal for him. I think he gets an invite or contract late in the offseason as teams figure out their depth situation. His upside and skill is still intriguing, and he wouldn't be a bad option as your 6th/7th rotating d-man given his RH shot and puckmovement.

Comparing him to Campoli, Campoli is smaller and not as gifted a skater but plays more aggressively. He's maxed out his potential, he's depth d-man who needs freedom to pinch. Gilroy's potential is only unmaxed because he hasn't learned to use his size effectively. If he could add that element of puck-separation along the boards and off the cycle (which requiress some physical contact), he'd be a league average d-man.

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