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03-07-2007, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Pizza View Post
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.
I dont think Hugh lacks hockey sense. What he lacks is reps. Canadian players who come throught the Juniors play 80+ games a year. Hugh came up through Connecticut Prep schools where they play maybe 25 games a year. He played for Dartmouth in his Freshman year 45 games. The next year w/ the ankle inury Hugh only played in a handful of games. Last year he played 60 or 70 games at the ECHL and AHL level. What Hugh really needs is to stay in the AHL this year,(although on some level I do want him on the Big team) and get 1st line and Power Play minutes. Hopefully the Pack can go far in the Playoffs 3-4 rounds and Hugh plays an additional 20 games with 1st line minutes. I think next year he would need 40 games in the AHL @ 1st line minutes. Could be a force for the Rangers in 2nd half of 07-08. I just hope the coaching staff sticks with him even though he may slump at some points. I would not take minutes away from Hugh.

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