(UPD: Feb. 27) Jets call up D Derek Meech, Melchiori and Pasquale sent down
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02-22-2013, 01:37 PM
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Melchiori has usually been noted as our best LHD after Kulda (and maybe best now since Kulda may never come back) that we currently have in the system. He's also been my favourite D prospect to watch as an "underdog" (Trouba being the true favourite because that guy is amazing).
He plays a very smart game in positioning and solid first pass. I've noticed he has been a tad more aggressive defensively for the IceCaps, playing with more of an edge than he ever did in junior. Skating and positioning is this kid's game. I don't think he's nearly ready for NHL, but the pressbox experience and NHL practice/training should be good. He was also part of Gary Roberts summer training program last summer.
His offensive output is really interesting. Junior defensemen are incredibly reliant on PP for point production. When he was on the Knights, Melchiori didn't get much PP opportunities because the first PP was controlled by Murphy and the second PP Melchiori was paired with (overager)Sol, who has a booming shot that was the focus of their 2PP. Last season, Melchiori had far more even strength assists per game than Yuen, Chiarot, or Sol ever have had.
Then at St. John's he was behind Postma, Redmond, O`Neill, Meech, Burmistrov and Maxwell for being on the point for PP.
Which is a good and bad thing when thinking of Melchiori's offensive production. Good: he probably would have had more points if he was relied more on the PP like most high end draft picks. Bad: he wasn't able to push out those infront of him for a spot on the PP.
Some stuff from Hockey Prospectus:
2012 Jets Top 10 Prospects:
9. Julian Melchiori, Defense
Melchiori is an impressive skater who is notably above average and way above average for his size. He has a good top gear to rush the puck, a powerful first step, and good agility. He moves the puck at a decent level and can help transition it through his outlets and he's pretty effective bringing it up the ice himself. He's gotten notably stronger since last season and is effective in his own end.
Melchiori tends to be a bit of a "safe" player who doesn't really have impressive offensive creativity. He also could use his body a little more.
He could be a good third pairing defender, and maybe a fringe #4.
2011 Jets Top 10 Prospects:
7. Julian Melchiori, Defense
Melchiori gets a lot of praise within the industry for his skating. He skates extremely well for a 6'4" defenseman and doesn't tend to get turned around by speedy forwards. He has decent technique and coordination with the puck for a big man and can make a fine outlet pass out of his zone. Melchiori displayed a quiet defensive game this year in the OHL, taking his checks well positionally, using an active stick to derail the opposition's possession, and focusing on getting the puck out of his zone and away from the competition as opposed to making a lot happen offensively.
While Melchiori does have some offensive upside, there are concerns if he has what it takes to reach the next level in that department in regards to offensive instincts. He has a lot of work to physically too, as he still has a somewhat slight frame (I wouldn't be surprised if his weight listing is overstated) and he really doesn't play a physical game at all.
He has below-average second pairing upside, but likely projects as an average third pairing defender who may end up a depth player.
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