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11-24-2012, 08:58 PM
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How did Kichton slip to the 5th round after putting up 23 goals and 81 points in his draft year? Those are unbelievable numbers for a defenseman, although on an extremely talented team. I've never seen him play, so what's his weakness holding him back from being considered a top prospect?
I think he was an overager when drafted, which always has an impact on the draft decision. The year he had a major breakout, he got to play with Jared Cowen, jumped straight to Ottawa the year after. The year after was the real sign that it wasn't just riding Cowen's coattails.
One thing that stands out when I watch Kichton is that he's not extremely fast, nor large...merely "good" in both categories and, for all those goal scoring numbers, his shot isn't fast. It's more deceptive than it actually can burn the goalie, which I'm not sure translates well for a defender in the NHL.
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