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2012-2013 Prospect Talk PART IV
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10-13-2012, 12:27 PM
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Weird, I get the opposite opinion (just based on last night), to me, he looks slow, lumbering, easy to skate around, doesnt use his size (no physicality, uses his stick instead of hitting). Nothing he did last night impressed me, I'd be thrilled if he winds up being half as good as Pronger, no way is he more offensive than Pronger. To me, he reminds me of a thicker Ken Morrow, which is not a bad thing, but not worthy of a top 5 pick. This was based on last night, but I did mention during last years Memorial Cup, I wasn't impressed by Reinhart. On a side note, man did Samuelsson (Edmonton) look good last night. As did the speedy Curtis Lazar (Edmonton).
Samuelsson has the genes, the Team USA experience and a good physical dimension to his game. I was not at all surprised to see Pheonix take him as a first rounder (although concensus was that he'd go somewhere between 40-90).
To date, some have expected more, but I think he's got that power game aspect that simply takes some time. He could be a real goodin' at some point. I'm thinking there's good reason to believe he'll be a Callahan type one day in the NHL.
As for Reinhart, I've hardly seen him play, but I always fear the 'Wishart' possibility when it comes to tall, lesser physical WHL Dmen. Always. And yes, until he turns into a bruiser, I will have my worries. Chris Pronger, for example, first really started making an impact when his physical edge and take-no-prisoners game developed.
I was very OK with our picking him 4th though, because he too has the genes, is obviously respected from a leadership perspective and simply possesses certain physical attributes that, uhh, can't be taught, but only inherited. He also was a cog in Edmonton's WHL championship and run to the Memorial Cup. In addition, I talked to several scouts last spring at the U18 tourney who expressed that at least they felt he might be the best all-round Dman available in the draft and also felt the need to point out that he was likely higher on all NHL team lists than we'd be seeing on ISS, CSS or TSN.
This said, I have fully come into this season, looking at his team's line-up and his experience to date, thinking that he should be having a Dougie Hamilton type of impact. That's not what we're seeing right now.
Someone asked me in early September what I expected of him this year. At the time, I said
65 games, 15-40-55, 50 PMs and a +30 rating and another WHL title. I did however also mention that I did not expect to see him suiting up for Team Canada at the WJC in Ufa (where I still hope to be).
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