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03-16-2013, 11:42 PM
Sore Loser
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Originally Posted by major major View Post
I've heard that a good thing about drafting Monahan is you know you're getting a decent player. But then you say his bottom end is Colton Gillies! I think Gillies is nearly useless.

Sore Loser, do you want to try to put number/letter scores of the upside and downside for the top 10 or so in the draft? I like having consistent criteria in evaluating draft choices.
I typically don't assess number/letter scores for players ... I like to rate guys based on what I see. One example I'll use is Emerson Etem. It wouldn't be fair for me to compare his skating to a guy like Quinton Howden - who went a few picks ahead of him - because their strides are so incredibly different. So, if I give Howden one rating, I don't feel comfortable giving a different rating to Etem, because I think they have similar top end speed. I take in a guy's whole game usually, and then make my own judgments on how they play overall.

If I were evaluating Hunter Shinkaruk, my notes read something like: Quick stride, above average skater with good acceleration. Excellent shot, quick, deceptive release, has great offensive vision and catches his teammates off guard with his passing abilities. Better physically than I expected, good (not great) in his own end. Battles in the corners and in all three zones. Good leader, sets a solid example for his team. Needs to get stronger to be most effective.

I have some notes on most of the guys you'll hear of at the draft, but the WHL guys are my forte, so I tend to know the most about them. It would be pretty hard for me to come up with something like that for all of the top-10 guys ... but I have seen them all play quite a bit.

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