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11-07-2012, 06:54 PM
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If you haven't looked at the thread in the prospects board here is a highlight video from last year.




You wouldn't know he was a 7th round pick and only scored 27 pts last year based on that video.

Hopefully things just clicked for him this year and he sees the game different, its clear he has good puck skills.

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11-07-2012, 09:14 PM
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That's so weird. A big kid who doesn't score much but mostly highlight goals?

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11-07-2012, 09:44 PM
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Benoit Pouliot anyone?

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11-07-2012, 09:45 PM
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Who?
Sorry, I meant Penoit Bouliot.

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11-07-2012, 10:38 PM
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Benoit Pouliot anyone?
That's who I thought of but I didn't want to jinx it.

I don't know how Pouliot played in juniors but in the video Graovac plays harder than Pouliot did in the NHL.

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11-08-2012, 01:55 AM
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Obviously just a highlight reel but doesn't really look like he uses his size much when attacking the net.

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11-08-2012, 01:21 PM
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Hmm that highlight real showed some pretty good hockey sense and vision. That takeaway with the pull back saucer for the tap in was perfectly done. A project player with good sense who hits a growth spurt after being drafted? He could be a bit intriguing, especially to see if he can keep improving and play even better with some of the other top prospects.

Subway series tonight and the 12th should be a very fun watch to see his play as well as some top prospects. I have never even considered the Pouliot comparison in him, this is more like a Koivu or Brodin physicallity where he prefers to use his stick and rely on positioning to win him body battles. Still along way to go for him but as he gets more comfortable as a complete player/scorer he could have an opportunity with the Wild someday I think.

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11-08-2012, 01:53 PM
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Benoit Pouliot anyone?
Oh my God, he looks so similar I can't unsee it! Good catch. That lanky body with the hunched over skating stance, using his reach to keep the puck far away, relying on his hands and reach (for better or worse), always trying to make the fancy play.

Granted if you can pull that off while giving 100%, that's huge. See Malkin and Jagr.

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Oh my God, he looks so similar I can't unsee it! Good catch. That lanky body with the hunched over skating stance, using his reach to keep the puck far away, relying on his hands and reach (for better or worse), always trying to make the fancy play.

Granted if you can pull that off while giving 100%, that's huge. See Malkin and Jagr.

One of Pouliot's problems, which was a sore issue for the old regime's "development" *snicker* guys is that he wouldn't apply any of the coaching he received.

Graovac, on the other hand, seems to be the opposite, even if he isn't as naturally skilled as Pouliot.

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11-08-2012, 03:26 PM
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I'm just talking about how he looks on that video. If Graovac uses 1.5% of his brain, he could have a better career.

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If we can get a Benoit Pouliot-esque NHLer with a 191st pick, I'm happy with that.

The problem with Pouliot was that he was drafted #4 overall.

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11-08-2012, 05:21 PM
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Any NHL comparisons? I was thinking maybe Eric Staal. Good size, good skill, but not an overly physical player.

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11-08-2012, 05:28 PM
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Any NHL comparisons? I was thinking maybe Eric Staal. Good size, good skill, but not an overly physical player.
someone who watches him all the time (taking his word for it) says he reminds him of Spezza this year.

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Personally, I see more of a Perry to him.

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11-08-2012, 06:19 PM
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Corey Perry? Corey Perry actually uses his body.

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11-08-2012, 06:24 PM
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If anyone is dying to watch some hockey Graovac is playing in the OHL vs Russia subway series.

http://pro-tv.net/1257-rossia-2.html

He's #91

EDIT: here's an English link http://atdhenet.tv/50772/watch-russia-at-ohl


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11-08-2012, 06:34 PM
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someone who watches him all the time (taking his word for it) says he reminds him of Spezza this year.
He called him at age 19 what Spezza was at when he was 15, though.

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He called him at age 19 what Spezza was at when he was 15, though.
yeah, i didn't mean to imply he thought he was as good as Spezza--just that he plays like spezza. he's big and soft and skilled.
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so how does he look? anyone watching?

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http://atdhenet.tv/50772/watch-russia-at-ohl is the english link. Graovac had a nice chance already, announcers giving him compliments.

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11-08-2012, 06:43 PM
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If we can get a Benoit Pouliot-esque NHLer with a 191st pick, I'm happy with that.

The problem with Pouliot was that he was drafted #4 overall.
Took the words right out of my mouth.

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Corey Perry? Corey Perry actually uses his body.
I absolutely disagree. Perry plays a skilled game that rarely gets too physical. He has super soft hands, is tall, skinny, and a good skater, and knows where to be to score. He is NOT a physical forward.

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11-08-2012, 07:03 PM
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Yea he is. And aggressive. Perry averages over a penalty every other game. Add up Tyler's junior career and you still don't reach Perry's last 5 years. Perry is physical. Graovac is not.

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11-08-2012, 07:06 PM
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Yea he is. And aggressive. Perry averages over a penalty every other game. Add up Tyler's junior career and you still don't reach Perry's last 5 years. Perry is physical. Graovac is not.
Taking stupid penalties, which he was notorious for in both juniors and at the NHL level is different than taking mean, physical penalties in the NHL. Perry is not a physical player, Graovac is not either. Both will take a body when they must, but do not go out of their way to do so. FYI, I am not saying Grav=Perry at the NHL level.

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