The 2013 Draft Thread: Not Winnin' For #(??)...
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03-01-2013, 01:45 PM
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: New York, NY
Owen Sound’s Chris Bigras adding flavour
Chris Bigras (D, 2013), Owen Sound
Scouting: Supports the breakout effectively – makes sound decisions with the puck and can deliver crisp passes out of the zone .. stays cool and composed in possession .. his puckmoving and outlet play have improved significantly since the start of the season .. now takes an extra second to evaluate options – and rarely throws it away or does not see a play .. prefers to make a quick pass and then dart into open ice as opposed to lugging the puck out himself .. lacks the breakaway skating ability to be a prime puckrusher, but is smooth in transition due to his vision and game-reading abilities .. understands when to jump in and out of a play .. shown marked improvement in his passing skills and ability to contribute to the attack .. effective on the power play – will pinch forward as he sees a play unfolding, going to the net to redirect a pass .. his slapshot and wristshot are okay, nothing spectacular, and used more to create tips and deflections .. generates a decent enough thrust from short, economical strides .. must keep working to improve his first step quickness – and to be clean up some busy footwork sequences that reduce efficiency .. a slight bow-legged skating stance hinders his ability at times to pivot and make a play, however he does have good speed and mobility and also generates a solid burst in crossovers .. logs key minutes for the Attack in all situations and is steadily progressing as a defender .. committed, sticks with plays .. uses a decent-sized frame as a method of containing down low, albeit is not overly aggressive by nature and will have to optimize his strength potential to hold his ground against pro opponents .. plagued by the occasional let-up in intensity and focus .. needs to keep making gains in overall positioning .. can lose his man to the outside by playing the gap too high in the zone .. also gets caught up ice chasing offensive plays as he is prone to over-reacting and forcing things especially when his team is trailing.
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