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09-18-2012, 10:24 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Spokane, WA.
7. Left Wing Matt Calvert
Weight: 175 lbs
How Acquired: Selected in 5th round (#127 overall), 2008 NHL Draft
Analysis: Another hard working forward, Matt Calvert was nabbed by the Blue Jackets after spending a year playing on the top line for the Brandon Wheat Kings, alongside highly touted prospects Braydon Schenn and Scott Glennie. The line took the WHL by storm that season, and Calvert put up a solid 64 points as a rookie in a very good league. Putting doubters who assumed he was mooching off of higher talent players to rest, Calvert improved upon his numbers each year in the WHL, culminating with a 47 goal, 99 point overage season, in which the Wheaties lost in the Memorial Cup final. That offseason, Calvert would sign his first pro contract with the Blue Jackets, and has spent the following two years splitting time between the Jackets and the Springfield Falcons.
Pros: Hard work, leadership, underrated offensive skill
Cons: Size, showed some signs of regression, somewhat limited upside
Realistic Expectation: Starting to sound like a broken record here, but Calvert is another potential middle-6 forward for us. While he doesn't have the size of some of the other guys, I do think he has a little more offensive upside. His work ethic cannot be overlooked, and his ability to pick the team up with his gritty effort is uncanny. He's not a guy that will lead a team in scoring, but he is a guy that will be very productive alongside other talented scorers. Another guy that would look great on a future third line, Calvert is skilled enough to possibly reach higher, though time will certainly be of the essence as he already nears his mid-20s.
Stylistic Comparison: Brad Marchand
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