2013 NHL Draft Talk Part V: Flyers own the 11th overall pick
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06-23-2013, 12:42 PM
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Zadorov is a very fine player and he's also a team first guy. When he got to London, the first thing he did was go to Dale Hunter and asked to be in the role of shut down defender because he wanted to earn his spot on the team. He didn't care about stats or power play time or anything like that. He wanted to go, play the toughest role in hockey and do well at it so that he would earn his teammate's respect. How can one not like a guy like that?
As well, you can see that there is a burgeoning offensive game underneath a fantastic defensive game already. Now that there's probably three defensemen that will be gone from the London lineup this year, Zadorov is probably going to get top two pairing and a lot of power play time. There's no reason to believe that he can't practically double his numbers that he put up this year. He's got a cannon of a shot that's accurate, he's got a hell of a snap and wrist shot, he can pass the puck well and he handles the puck very well and so calmly.
If the Flyers don't select Morrissey, I wouldn't exactly be heart broken if they chose Zadorov. The Flyers are going to need someone like him, especially playing against the likes of Lucic, Tom Wilson (when he arrives in Washington), James Neal, Rick Nash, etc.....They'll need that big defenseman who can muscle those guys off the puck when they come into the defensive zone.
Do you agree when people say he is 5-6 years from making a true impact? Is he really that big of a project, or more in line with a Cowen type progression from a few years ago?
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