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2013 NHL Draft (draft day chat link in Post 887)
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02-16-2013, 02:07 PM
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Hey chootoi, what do you think about this Mackenzie Weegar kid in Halifax? I've been pretty impressed the couple of times of seen him.
Something to keep in mind with Weegar is that he's playing his 18 year old season right now in junior. He's a full year older than most of the draft eligible players this year. that's not necessarily a bad thing though, as he seems to be a typical late bloomer that keeps improving.
Couple things that have probably hurt his stock are that he has played junior A up until this year (18) so most prospects already have a year or two development on him. Second, he doesn't excel at any one part of the game. He doesn't have any one star quality skill so although he's a key cog on any defensive unit, he's easy to forget about. He's good at both ends of the ice, he hits, he's willing to drop the gloves, decent skater. Comparable to Derek Morris maybe.
People just expect NHL defenseman to be 6'3" with a booming howitzer that skates like Brett Hedican. Weegar is not any of those things. He's just a solid all around defenseman. That combined with his age is enough for him to fly under the radar, but someone will probably scoop him up in rounds 5-7 and get themselves a surprise riser.
Halifax is expected to go deep in the playoffs and challenge for the Memorial Cup, so if he has a good playoffs you could see his stock shoot up some.
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