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03-07-2013, 04:00 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
Grant Sonier listed 5 late rising prospects
Brett Pesce, D, University of New Hampshire
Draft projection: 45-60
Size and mobility are a great combination, especially when you add a deep understanding of the game -- all of which the 6-3, 170 Pesce possesses. If you are going to measure this kid on statistics alone, then you will not be impressed, as he has just one goal and three assists in 31 games this season. The Tarrytown, N.Y., native is an 18-year-old defenseman who is attracting late attention from many scouts around the league. "He moves as well as [fellow prospect] Darnell Nurse, who most have as a top-20 pick, and his hockey IQ is very high, so why should he not be considered a high pick in this draft?" asked a Western Conference scout. For me, he does not play with the same edge as Nurse, but his footwork and decision-making are key assets. The fact that Pesce competes against players as much five years older than him adds to his projection. He has a lot of room to grow and get stronger, and I feel he could go a lot higher than many are predicting.
“He’s the real deal,” said one talent hawk. “Tremendous poise with the puck, ice water in his veins. A good skater and he’s getting a lot of time for a freshman.”
The youngster did get in some summer play with Team USA at the under-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament, hosted each year in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. He also played with the National Team Development Program during the previous Christmas break, where he impressed both scouts and Umile. One scout said Pesce was the “best of the lot,” at the time, other than Jacob Trouba, the Winnipeg Jets first-rounder.
But it’s another young blueliner who has really caught Pesce’s eye and it’s someone closer to home: New York Rangers rising star Ryan McDonagh. The New Hampshire freshman is a Blueshirts fan and loves that the team has a young blueline he can relate to. Like those workaholic Rangers, Pesce believes his best attributes are winning battles and being aggressive. He’d still like to work on his shot.
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