Personal draft grade 2012 reviewed.
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07-27-2013, 05:21 PM
Join Date: Oct 2012
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Since it's only been a year, it's still early so hard to say how this draft class will shake out. So far though it's looking good as several had impressive seasons.
- There's no telling just how good he will end up. He has it all and if he learns how to put it together in the coming years he could end up being one of the top players in the NHL. It's going to be very interesting to see just how good he can be down the road. For now his upside is sky high as he has almost everything you would want in a hockey player.
- I can admit I like him more then most around here, I think his upside is very high as I like his skill level mixed with speed/skating/shot. If he's not a 1st line winger he stands a good shot at being a top 6 winger imo. Granted you never know how a prospect will adjust to the smaller ice and more physical game but in a few years I think he could be a very fun player to watch for the Habs.
- I also am likely higher on Thrower then most around here. I still don't have a great feel for him yet but if he turns pro I'll get to see him a ton. Personally I think that he has the intangibles that you want in a hockey player come playoff time, although I thought he really struggled in the playoffs this past season. That said he's physical and plays with an edge to his game that I think the Habs really need. If he can work on is defensive zone issues, I think he could end up a solid NHLer one day but we'll see how he responds to last seasons difficulties. I've seen several posters here say how terrible he was this past season but I don't agree as in the games I saw he usually showed something interesting along with concerns about his decision making with the puck in his own end. Hopefully someone in the organization can work with him to get him going as I think he has a solid mix of skill, grit and toughness.
- I like what I saw from him, although he's going to have to get stronger and more involved in the play imo. It's going to be very interesting to see how he adjusts to the AHL after next season as he's a bit of a sniper and he knows where to be on the ice to score but how well his game translates is a bigger question to me. If all goes well for him I do think he has top 6 upside but will need to round out the rest of his game and hopefully find a way to get his nose dirty more often.
- I don't have as good of a read on Vail as I do the others, he seems to be a solid two way player but he will need to fill out a good bit and get stronger. I see his upside more as a top 9 forward.
- Big Hudon fan, just a fun player to watch as he knows how to make things happen in the offensive zone. I like that he's a hard working player although I do have major concerns about his lack of size/strength and injury woes. That said he really impressed me in Hamilton and I can't wait to see him there full time after next season. I think he actually has 1st line upside, as I think he's highly skilled and can be very dangerous but that's only if he can find a way to overcome his lack of physical abilities. Collberg and Hudon are 2 of the Habs prospects that I look forward to following the most.
- I haven't seen much of him yet and not sure if he ever comes over or if he does where he upside would be so my guess is more of a bottom 6 winger.
Love that your as high on Galchenyuk as I am. He has all the tools. I'm sure he'll be no less than 220 where he'll be an absolute beast. Couldn't believe how well his skill translated to the bigs so fast. Though first step quickness is really the only 'weakness' again, really surprised that it wasn't an issue at all in his rookie year.
Glad to hear you're big on Collberg. How much did you see of him last year?
Love that you're still optimistic about Thrower. His toolbox is something we could really use so hopefully he gets back on track.
I saw Bozon 3 or so times and even though he wasn't his greatest half the time, I think he has the goods. He was usually very implicated in the play and wouldn't shy away from any rough stuff, it was more his lack of strength not so much his willingness to get dirty. Very projectable frame and sounds committed could turn into a dandy.
Hudon is an absolute stud. I can't say it enough. It would be a huge huge shame that this kid doesn't make it because of size/speed/injuries. The good thing is he made Patches look like a 90 year old woman in the Wolverine department which is very encouraging. Really hope he can make big strides in the size & speed departments because he could be a phenomenal player.
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