Is the 2011 Draft class underrated?
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02-02-2013, 01:11 PM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Yeah, I think alot of team's would say it was a real solid draft. Chicago's draft looks outstanding at this point:
: C, Mark McNeill - Has played very well in the WHL. Currently leading the PA Raiders in scoring and is the only player on the team scoring at a PpG(+) rate.
: C/LW, Phillip Danault - Has been outstanding this year in the QMJHL. A defensive stalwart, he's starting to show some real solid offensive upside.
: D, Adam Clendening - Simply put up points wherever he's been. Defensive game still needs work, but he's adapted quickly to the pace of the AHL and was an All-Star this year in his rookie seaon.
: LW, Brandon Saad - He was dominant in his last OHL season and played well, but not outstanding in the AHL. Since being recalled to Chicago post-lockout however, he's been very good. Pointless through 7 games, but has gotten better with every game and has been on the cusp of breaking out.
: C/W, Andrew Shaw - Was passed over twice before Chicago snatched him up in the 5th round. Coming off of leading the Mem. Cup in scoring, he joined the Icehogs on an AHL deal before being signed by Chicago mid-season and sticking with the team. A role player in the NHL, but not you're average 4th liner.
: D, Mike Paliotta - A big, solid defenseman. Doesn't project to be much of a point producer in the NHL, but has the potential to be a really solid #4/5.
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