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Third-Round selection: Brayden McNabb (D - Kootenay Ice, WHL)

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"He moves the puck alright and he has big size and a big shot," one scout said, "but I think mobility will be the biggest question mark with him"
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"He sees the ice well and leads by example," another scout said. "he's a take-charge guy. His passion for the game is going to make him a player

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If his skating gets to where it needs to be he'll be a bigger Mike Weber with maybe a little more offensive upside.

I would've liked a center, but he's pretty damn gritty.

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3rd Round Brayden McNabb

You're slipping Chain.
http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/brayden_mcnabb
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NHL-sized already, the two-way blueliner got better and better for Kootenay as the year went on. The Ice used McNabb in all situations and at all times of the game because of his ability at both ends of the rink. Penalty minutes are potentially misleading as although he will fight, critics would like to see him play tougher in his all-around game. With maturity and increased confidence, that should come naturally in the near future.

McNabb is not the fastest or most agile skater and that part of his game will need to improve.
A big hit on Kyle Beech and a fight for extra goodness


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I like it although I wish we would of moved up a few spots to get Joonas Nattinen

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You're slipping Chain.
http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/brayden_mcnabb


A big hit on Kyle Beech and a fight for extra goodness
i like how he didn't even hesitate to drop the gloves after the hit.

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Big mean guy. I'm satisfied with this pick.

I'd like a skilled center in the 4th round.

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Again, we didn't get back into the second round, but overall, that's two picks I really like. Though hockey's future doesn't seem too high on him.

I mean, and also by the time Kassian and McNabb are in the AHL won't a lot of our midgets be competing for NHL time? I think I'd be happy to see them mix in the speedy skill kids. with guys like this on a team, It will help some small all-skill guys develop.

anyway, I digress. happy about these picks.

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I like the quote about his passion for the game. Makes it sound like he gives a damn, which would be a huge upgrade over most of the current NHL roster.

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You're slipping Chain.
http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/brayden_mcnabb


A big hit on Kyle Beech and a fight for extra goodness

Slipping? By the time they made this selection, I was at Darien Lake with the kids.

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If skating is the big issue then this is a good pick. Skating is easily fixed. Goose was a terrible skater his draft year but there are tons of camps designed to imrpove footwork. Sure you'd love to have a guy who had great natural movement but sometimes guys with flaws make very motivated hockey players.

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If skating is the big issue then this is a good pick. Skating is easily fixed. Goose was a terrible skater his draft year but there are tons of camps designed to imrpove footwork. Sure you'd love to have a guy who had great natural movement but sometimes guys with flaws make very motivated hockey players.
agreed. Listen to Devine's piece on him-doesn't sound overly concerened.

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If skating is the big issue then this is a good pick. Skating is easily fixed. Goose was a terrible skater his draft year but there are tons of camps designed to imrpove footwork. Sure you'd love to have a guy who had great natural movement but sometimes guys with flaws make very motivated hockey players.
I don't think it's that easy to overcome. These other guys drafted since Gaustad weren't able to:
Sean McMorrow
Ryan Jorde
Mark Mancari

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He was in THN's top-50.
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Bob McKenzie was talking about him and said his issues at the 18u tourney were a bit overblown. He had trouble because the coaches asked him to change his game abit.

They wanted him to stay back and be a pure stay at home dman. They didn't want him stepping up. When he played that way he was caught flat footed a few times. Whereas he normally likes to step up to disrupt plays and hit as well as help on the attack at times.


I'm not saying he doesn't have skating issues. But if you ask someone to change their game, especially in a tourney like that, they are bound to struggle with the adjustment.


I bring this up because many of the questions about his skating and why he dropped a bit was due to his performance in that tourney.

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Apparently he and Myers played together -- http://sabres.nhl.com/team/app?artic...e&service=page

It's good to have Hounds.

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Apparently he and Myers played together -- http://sabres.nhl.com/team/app?artic...e&service=page

It's good to have Hounds.
If you listen to McNabb's interview (I believe the WGR one), he says that he and Myers never actually played together. He said they played in the same organization but Myers was a Midget when McNabb was still a Bantam.

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Still, I love the idea of 6'8" Myers being paired up with 6'4" McNabb. A stay-at-home and a puck mover, and they can reach anybody in the defensive zone whenever they want.

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Still, I love the idea of 6'8" Myers being paired up with 6'4" McNabb. A stay-at-home and a puck mover, and they can reach anybody in the defensive zone whenever they want.
I'd absolutely love a McNabb-Myers pairing.

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I love this pick here. This kid is 4 years away from NHL. I was really surprised to see him still available in 3rd round. You can never have too many tough Canadian Dmen!

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Mark Remmerde had some fun things about him both good and bad over at NHL Draft Notes:

http://nhldraftnotes.blogspot.com/20...tenay-whl.html

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Mark Remmerde had some fun things about him both good and bad over at NHL Draft Notes:

http://nhldraftnotes.blogspot.com/20...tenay-whl.html
I remember reading this and having huge concerns about his skating. Bob McKenize put me at ease (a little bit) when he explained his issues at the U18 tourney.

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I remember reading this and having huge concerns about his skating. Bob McKenize put me at ease (a little bit) when he explained his issues at the U18 tourney.
Ditto. They can work on improving his stride and footwork, certainly, and that wouldn't be a bad thing since the old adage is true -- you can't hit what you can't catch.

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And you can always tone down physicality and aggression - you can't pump it up. All good things
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