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07-02-2013, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Bluenote13 View Post
I can't believe anyone would say this was a safe choice. Same way I don't agree that you can label it a bust. Poke holes? What else can you do, just take the positives the local 'writers' give us? There are obviously reasons why he lasted to the 3rd round, you will hear them, unavoidable, especially since we had no 1st or 2nd.

And you're right, he could very well be strong on his skates for being so thin. And 'using his size' doesn't mean knocking guys around, it could mean utilizing his reach as an advantage in all situations. Playing at North Dakota should benefit this part of his game.
Perhaps safe is the wrong word, conservative?

My estimation on this kid is that his upside is relatively limited, and I completely understand how people could criticize this choice for the fact that higher upside players were still available.

I just like that nowhere I have read that he has a low compete level or a poor hockey IQ.

As you said, hopefully spending the next 4 years at North Dakota treats him well.

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