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08-10-2006, 12:43 PM
Time to Get Down
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I read the HF talent analysis on him and it doesnt really tell me much. Havn't had the chacne to see him play. Anyone wanna give me a more in depth profile on this kid?Maybe a comparison to another dman already in the Bigs???????
I don't know of a good comparison but I call add some info. He's huge, fast and has good mobility. It is indeed rare to see someone so big skate well with such good speed, this really helps him lay some big time hits. That said he has toned down the physicaly play. During his freshman year he would run around and hit everything or at least try to hit everything. He was going out of his way to take the body, which often led to him spending time in the box or on the bench.
His coach at Cornell imo is a great coach, love the way that team plays, such a good system they have there. They strongly beleive in playing a heavey forchecking, and very tight defensive play as well. Hard working, high energy but often low scoring and not always a high level of competition. I know that Coach Schafer and the assistant coach Brekke have worked with him to get him more focused on his play and not running around so much.
By his sophomore year he began to show he was understanding what the coaches were telling him. He started to cut down on the physical play and he started to show improvement in his decision making and reaction time, which were imo his main weaknessess aside from not much offensive production.
The big strides came for him this past season during his junior year. He took over as the teams top defensemen, was on both #1 PP and PK units. He clearly cut back on the physical play in a smart way. While his penalty minute totals stayed around the same, his ice time trippled from his freshman year, going from over 10 minutes to sometime over 30 minutes a game. This showed that he had the confidence of his coach and it showed in his play. His decision making and reaction time showed a lot of improvement as well as his offensive production. He has a cannon of a shot and he moves the puck well.
I don't know how he will fare in the AHL but I got to think he'll need a good deal of time in the AHL before being ready for full time NHL duty. He still needs to improve his decision making and reaction time. I hope to see him have success with his offensive game, but I don't expect him to ever really been known for his offense, but then again I would have never thought of Souray for bringing offense.
If I was forced to compare him to someone in the NHL, the player he reminds me a bit of is actually Komisarek. They sort of have the same problems when pressured with the puck in their own end. I think OB is more mobile and faster, plus I think he turns to the right quicker which should help him with the small speedy players that at times has given Komisarek troubles. Plus they both are big, good skating, physical defensemen that have a cannon for a shot and can move the puck well but not great. Generally I don't like to compare players since it's hard to do and seems kind of pointless since each player has their own skills and abilities.
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