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02-21-2013, 08:57 AM
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Tim Wallach
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What do you guys think of Leivo? Legitimate NHL upside?
For my money, the best Ranger right now. Good size, uses his body effectively to protect the puck. Absolutely sick hands. He defines the old saying "can stickhandle in a phone booth."

Most impressive for me are the subtle plays he makes to set up teammates. He is always hounding opponents and stealing pucks and putting it right on the tape of a teammate in scoring position. He's a hard worker.

It looks to me like his shot is decent, but he could improve it. His release time can be a bit slow. If he had a Puempel type shot or release, he'd be a deadly prospect.

But yes, I think he has legit NHL upside. He'll need a year or two in the AHL to adapt to bigger bodies though. In the OHL he's big enough to ward off most checkers and he can dipsy-doodle without getting hammered. Once he figures that out at the pro level, I think he'll be able to contribute.

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