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12-04-2012, 10:47 PM
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C Brendan Leipsic - Portland Winterhawks, WHL (2012, 89th overall, Nashville)



Despite all the controversy surrounding Portland, the kid is flourishing. Just completed the hattrick in a matter of minutes. 4th in WHL scoring, buzzes around the ice, hits everything. 44 pts in 25 games, he's on a rampage. What's not to like about him?


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There's another one. 4 goals tonight. Force fed Portland the win.

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Love, love, love this prospect. His compete level cannot be taught, he has that insane look in his eye that you know means he will do literally whatever it takes to win. Think Nashville has a keeper here. They're good at finding these guys with high motors like Gabriel Bourque too.

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I wanted the Flames to pick him up at the draft. Nice pick by Nashville.

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Kid is psycho but thats what I love about him as a player.

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Despite all the controversy surrounding Portland, the kid is flourishing. Just completed the hattrick in a matter of minutes. 4th in WHL scoring, buzzes around the ice, hits everything. 44 pts in 25 games, he's on a rampage. What's not to like about him?
His size.... haha

But yeah, really wanted the Oilers to draft him. Great prospect.

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Ranked him 29th in the WHL last season and it's safe to say that he's impressed me this year. Work ethic is through the roof and his offensive abilities have taken a huge step forward. Still think his game will be tough to translate to the NHL, but that's not to say he won't do it and become an effective player with Nashville. Fun player to watch and will be a fan favorite if and when he gets there.

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On draft day, I heard numerous comparisons to Tootoo. Any truth to that? Would love info/opinions on this kid, we get no junior hockey here in Nashville

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Draft position?

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3rd Round 89th Overall

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Too small to play that style and score in the NHL

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Too small to play that style and score in the NHL
Just like Brad Marchard right?

Seriously this argument needs to die. Size can be an impediment but it is not ever a reason to say "this player will never make it because of his size". It's an obstacle but it can be overcome.

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Just like Brad Marchard right?

Seriously this argument needs to die. Size can be an impediment but it is not ever a reason to say "this player will never make it because of his size". It's an obstacle but it can be overcome.
I'd be interested to see if Brad Marchand could play like Brad Marchand if he wasn't on a team with Lucic, Chara, Thornton, Mcquaid, etc etc

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Just like Brad Marchard right?

Seriously this argument needs to die. Size can be an impediment but it is not ever a reason to say "this player will never make it because of his size". It's an obstacle but it can be overcome.
How does this argument need to die? Majority of "small" players never make the NHL, am I wrong to think otherwise? What is so different about Leipsic?

I for one do not get excited about high scoring, high energy, undersized junior players, they come a dime a dozen. They can play that way against kids, but not men.

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Too small to play that style and score in the NHL
Oh stop it with the size argument, Martin St. Louis happily counters that.

If you have the drive/motivation combined with skill, everyone has the same chance.

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I've heard the Ryan Callahan comparison. Would that be a fair one?

And if he is it's not like Callahan plays with a bunch of protectors the way Marchand does and he does just fine.

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Too small to play that style and score in the NHL
You can't just look at the size, you have to look at how they play. Leipsic is fearless, super competitive and a good skater. I think he has a chance.

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I've only seen him play live once this year. Rattie scored 4 goals that game and the kid who impressed me was Leipsic. He had a whale of a game. He won puck battles all night long against players like Adam Lowry. Lowry doesn't lose many of those.

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F Brendan Leipsic - Portland Winterhawks

Hey gang,

Just wondering, from those who see him play regularly, what you think of this guy? Was advertised as a sparkplug with some offensive pop when the Predators drafted him in the 4th round last year, now I see that he's 4th in the entire WHL with 20g/25a in in 26 games this season

What are his longterm prospects? Good 3rd liner who can potentially pot 15-20 goals in the NHL?

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How does this argument need to die? Majority of "small" players never make the NHL, am I wrong to think otherwise? What is so different about Leipsic?

I for one do not get excited about high scoring, high energy, undersized junior players, they come a dime a dozen. They can play that way against kids, but not men.
You mean like Marchand, Andrew Shaw, Tyler Kennedy, Darren Helm, Nathan Gerbe, Ryan Callahan and Matt Read? Yeah, I heard those kind of guys rarely make an impact...

After the third round, 75% or more of your picks are gonna bust, I like guys with high motors and insane compete levels instead of big coke machines with a lack of hockey sense or guys that can't skate. Guys that always buzz around the puck, can drive possession, and scratch and claw to find any way they can impact a game are keepers for me. Sure he might not turn out, most prospects won't, but I will usually take that kind of guy third round and later over a "project" big guy with "upside."

Nashville has made good on their bets and unearthed real legit NHL players out of Canadian junior in the past few years with Bourque and Halischuk who have similar types of attributes. Undersized and all over the ice all the time.

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How does this argument need to die? Majority of "small" players never make the NHL, am I wrong to think otherwise? What is so different about Leipsic?

I for one do not get excited about high scoring, high energy, undersized junior players, they come a dime a dozen. They can play that way against kids, but not men.
As do most players that are drafted. It being used as reason for only small players not making it is just foolish.

Every player has obstacles they have to overcome. Big players get it easy in the smaller leagues and often struggle against bigger players.

My point is the idea that small players struggle to make isn't anymore of a statistic than big players...

Most players don't make the NHL.

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44 goals, 66 assists for 110 points in 60 games to lead the WHL in scoring.

Is this kid as legit as his stats show?

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44 goals, 66 assists for 110 points in 60 games to lead the WHL in scoring.


And add to that his speed and grit.

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I asked Brent Peterson (who I believe is still a part owner of the Winterhawks) at the Preds' meet the team party about Leipsic (and seth Jones, to a lesser extent).

He said the organization obviously loves him and almost took him where they took Colton Scissons in the second round, and were thrilled he was still available. Said that if he was comparing him to a current NHL player, Brad Marchand was a good comparison.

He won't score at an elite level in the NHL, but he might put up 20 goals while being a terror to play against.

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44 goals, 66 assists for 110 points in 60 games to lead the WHL in scoring.

Is this kid as legit as his stats show?
Being 19, playing with Petan and on a good team is helping him.

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