11th Pick Scenario (Ristolainen vs. Zadorov vs. Pulock)
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06-04-2013, 02:38 AM
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I can offer some insight on zadorov here. A friend of mine is a season ticket holder to the knights so I've seen him play live close to 15 times this season.
1. He's huge. My friend is 6'4(Zadorov is
listed at 6'5) and when standing next to Zadorov in shoes, Zadorov has him by a two or three inches. I would say he's closer to 6'7, 6'8.
2. From the beginning of the knights season, he had much more confidence with the puck on his stick, his skating got a good bit better and he really looked solid overall
3. His offensive game is underrated. This kid has skill and a big shot but needs to be more aggressive in the offensive zone. Im not a scout by any means but I do think he could develop his offensive game enough to be effective at the NHL level.
He has the skills, skating, positioning and smarts but next season will be huge for him. He really needs atleast 1-2 more years of junior to continue develop his offensive game.
Needless to say, if he's available when the flyers pick, I take him without thinking. I've not seen as much Darnell Nurse but I think he'll be gone when the flyers pick at 11.
This is exactly what tempts me about this guy.
He has been primarily used in a shut-down role so far due to his size but the tools are all there and maybe it takes only one breakout season in Juniors and all of a sudden you got the next Chara.
Seth Jones is out of reach, Nurse will most likely be gone also. I guess it will be a toss up between Ristolainen and Zadorov unless the Flyers stun everybody by taking the smaller framed Pulock, which doesn't seem like a Flyers move at all.
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