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01-10-2013, 12:55 PM
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I haven't heard much about him, but he is tearing it up for the LEM this year (11g/17a).
Here is what I know:
Undrafted out of Niagara in the O, where he succeeded Pietrangelo as captain in '09-10, likely due to his size (5'9", 185 lbs.).
He put up at least a PPG in each of his last 3 regular seasons in the OHL, and had apprx. PPG pace in the playoffs each year as well. This will be his first full season in the AHL.
I have never seen him play, but it seems like he's quite a little player (pun intended). Can anyone who knows more enlighten me? Thanks
Big time character player (I think he captained Niagara for 3 seasons), hard working, good hands and vision, willing to go into dirty areas and can be real pesty at times. Basically, the way he plays the game is what you want in a player and he has the IQ and skills to be a fringe top 6 player, but he doesn't have the frame.
The #1 reason I think he wasn't signed/drafted is that with his size, it will be very difficult for him to play his game at his size. 5'9" is probably a stretch, he is closer to 5'7". So far he has proven that he can play against men in the AHL and his game translates, but that is far different than playing against NHL defensemen. I highly doubt he ever makes the NHL as a regular, but he should be a good AHL scorer for years to come.
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