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02-18-2013, 01:28 PM
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McKeen’s head scout David Burstyn on Nikita Zadorov:
Invited by Team Russia for the under-20 world juniors, only to be released just before the start of the tournament .. the Moscow native had participated in every major event for his country dating back to the 2012 World U17 Hockey Challenge .. offensive decision making has improved in leaps and bounds – and he is slowly becoming more of a force in transition .. logs the puck up ice with authority, exploiting an expansive frame as well as massive strides that simply swallow up ice .. partnered early in the season with Olli Maatta, which provided more security to venture into the offensive zone knowing his defensive duties were covered, however recently has been paired with deadline acquisition Justin Sefton .. jumps into the rush with more regularity and is taking an extra second with the puck to evaluate his options .. his skating and athleticism allow him to recover rapidly .. surprisingly smooth and agile for such a tall man – exploits quick pivots in order to transition from offence to defence in an instant .. his defensive play is an area that continues to be a work in progress however .. suffers sudden and complete lapses in judgement at random times .. rarely ever awarded any penalty-killing time as his positioning and shift-to-shift’ decision making continues to impede his development .. doesn’t always read a cycle very well down low defending his own zone, and can over-commit to the puckcarrier which forces teammates out of position to compensate .. struggles when pressured and will respond by often rushing decisions .. must work on making stronger and better clearing attempts .. steadily learning to exploit his footwork in 1-on-1 coverage – as he has improved his gap control and timing to administer hits against quick players .. will need to do a better job of establishing position in front of his net as he can allow players to slips in behind him .. physically assertive – not a mean head-hunter type, however when he does connects the opponent is usually (completely) eliminated from the play.
... and Jonathan Drouin:
Blazed a trail with the Midget program at Lac St.Louis, averaging over two points per game, prior to forgoing a verbal commitment to Boston College .. selected second overall in the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft behind MacKinnon, with whom he shares great chemistry .. not only keeps up with skilled players, but also complements them with his superior puckhandling skills .. dangles with the puck as if it were on a string .. quite undersized by NHL standards, however his family is quite tall and his older brother underwent a big growth spurt – six inches – prior to turning 18 .. lack of size may be the lone attribute missing here however, as he is an absolute tyrant in the offensive zone .. his hockey sense plus his ability to manufacture offence are a potent mix that separates him as a player .. head is always up .. extremely gifted puckmover with patience and poise .. hard on the puck for his size – and difficult to dispossess .. can thread the needle on a pass – waiting that extra second to let a play unfold – or open up a goalie and gingerly slide the puck through the opening .. very calculating – like a chessmaster evaluating options in the offensive zone as he waits for the pieces to fall into place before committing .. not the most courageous – yet equipped with an innate ability to sense danger, elude hits, and dispose of the puck before the opposition can get a read on him .. does a good job of disguising his actions by the manner in which his blade is turned – making goalies unsure whether he will pass or shoot .. can be a little perimeter at times and doesn’t attack or drive the net – and there’s also not much push-back to his game .. deceptively fast and agile – able to blow by opponents endowed with staggering levels of quickness – plus the capacity to shift between those different gears effortlessly .. darts into scoring areas making sudden rapid diagonal cuts and quick moves .. hands are also lightning quick as is his shot release .. his versatility and ability to excel as either a centerman or winger – only adds value to the package.

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