701 - Tanev may have played well at RIT but that does not mean it was good for his pro development. Oberg had a pretty rough year in Winnipeg but he probably developed a lot better.
Hard to say that because you had a good year at a certain level it was necessarily a good development year. Earlier Turris example might illustrate this. He was lights out in the BCHL but that year might now be considered a backward step as far as development
Good sleuthing Dufresne - USHL is a lot better than high school hockey and maybe not a bad thing for McNally. Still love to see him in the CHL
Actually the more you read about McNally the more hopeful you become. Seems to have some of the basic ingredients. Certainly shows more in-depth scouting than the past when the Canucks continually took plugs out of the BCHL and other Junior sources.(see R. Delorme here)
The only league that makes sense if he's comitted to Harvard.
That's a good find, AD.
OK so my question is, if McNally still has a senior year to complete, how's he going to get admitted to Harvard? I thought that was the catch. Normally, you need to complete high school before going on to university. So he was going to tough out the senior year at Milton, before going to Harvard.
But . . . creative things do happen. Schroeder accelerated his Gopher arrival, as I recall. McNally could arrange some kind of senior-year equivalent too.
It's exciting news, IF it happens. The USHL is fast and loose, but at least they play a lot of games, against better competition than prep school.
USHL makes sense as a developmental step for McNally, and I believe he could still complete his studies at school while playing there.(after all, numerous kids in the USHL, and the Canadian junior leagues, all complete their high school educations while playing by distance ed).
I've read every article that google offered and it sounds like he is an extremely offensive defenceman that wants to control the play, he sounds even more offensive than Connauton. He is a game-breaker at his current level and is a rover on the ice. He has the qualities to be a number one defenceman its just matter if he nurtures his talents and allow them to develop. An interesting thing about him is that he worked with a personal skills coach, who also works with NHLers, and a personal skating coach. From the age of 8 to 16, he would do power skating drills three times a week which is a reason why he is such an exceptional skater now.
Regardless, Canucks now have a stable of highly-skilled offensive defenceman prospects (Connauton, Tanev, McNally, Oberg) and it should be exciting to watch these guys develop in the next few years.