Jessiman looks like a different player.
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03-07-2007, 12:45 PM
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Well it's interesting because there has been a discussion ongoing about the merits of Colton Gillies as a prospect. What I find intriguing is that everyone agrees that the guy has a good frame that will fill out and he can skate as well or better than many of the top prospects. Two perceptions really stand out on the negative side for him:
1) He has hands of stone.
2) He has no hockey sense.
The knock on Jessiman is his lack of hockey sense. No one questions that he has at least a fair amount of skill(decent hands), that he
skates very well
(even for a big guy), and that his mind is in the right place. And I'll go against conventional wisdom here in saying that at least to some extent experience and a ton of hard work can overcome a lack of hockey sense. Keep crashing the net, finishing checks, back checking, etc., etc. and with time he will be a better player. Whether or not that means he ever plays an NHL game that is in anyway effective is still very much in doubt imo. But he seems to be taking some nice, positive steps in developing his game.
It's encouraging. Keep him in HFD and let him build on his recent, small success.
That is probably the biggest attribute to his game at this point, most guys at his size do not have the fantastic mobility that he does. That is what will make him dominate.
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