Thread: Confirmed with Link: Habs sign Darren Dietz
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03-17-2013, 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by KadoCH View Post
I've been following Dietz in the CHL thread, but rarely watch WHL hockey other than to see the odd Hab prospect. I know he's getting good reviews from Blades followers and independent followers, but can anyone here who knows tell me more about why he fell to the 5th round and what he has done since to raise his stock.

I know he's a late bloomer and maybe went undrafted in the W but I'm just wondering what his all around game is about because I thought his offense was more of a product of his shot and not his ability to pick a pass or jump in on the rush?
Originally Posted by onemorecup View Post
I think he had raw talent but wasnt ready to show his true skills until a few yers into his WHL career , and we took a chance on him .

he seems to have an alround game and tough as well

we will get a better look when he gets to Hamilton
Don't know about "wasn't ready to show his true skills". He was great for Saskatoon in his first full season - holding down a secondary pairing and becoming the second highest scoring defenseman for them in the playoffs and everything. Already had size and puck poise to go with that RH shot. I think the only reason anyone even lost track of him is because they saw Saskatoon's coach pair Thrower with Siemens on the top line the next season because of injury/pairing balance, leaving Dietz on line 2 in the depth chart. Thrower naturally ends up with more points, and later on gets taken in the 2nd round of the draft (lol), and everyone's like "Darren Who?"

Fast forward to this year, and Dietz has as many points as Siemens and Thrower combined, and is still playing as steady of defense for them as anyone not named Duncan. Whitesnake and I are welcoming y'all back to the Dietz bandwagon.

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