D Joe Hicketts - Victoria Royals, WHL (2014 undrafted; 2014 signed, DET)
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01-27-2013, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by
The Oncoming Storm
He might be the best defenseman on the Royals, and he's 16 years old. Yes he needs to grow, but his size is less of a limitation because of how big he plays. Doesn't back down from anyone, gains body position effectively on players six inches taller than him, and never seems to be physically mismatched, despite the fact he is physically mismatched on paper.
Does all the little things right, as well as being a very good skater, great first pass, effective on the point etc.
First rounder? Not at 5'8. At 5'11? I think there's definitely a chance.
Does anyone know how big his parents are, some guys are late in getting their size but at this point unless Joe does he is an outside at top 60 IMO.
He doesn't have a Ryan Ellis or Subban type of skill set to jump up to the 1st round.
I like him a lot but not sure how he will translate to the next level.
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