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12-31-2012, 02:34 PM
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Top Defensemen in the 2013 Draft

Well last year was heavily defensemen filled prospects, and this year it's the opposite. So let me ask who do you think are the top defensemen of this year's crop? We already know the best potentials seems to be on the shoulders on Jones.
In the second tier would guys like Pulock, Nurse, and Ristolainen.

However are there others who aren't getting much talk due to this forward filled year? Examples who are the best prospects with a boom shot?? Would it be pulock or is someone close to him?

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12-31-2012, 02:44 PM
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Ristolainen is probably the best besides Jones (IMO), but Morrissey doesn't get talked a lot on this site and he has a great skill set with a decent shot.

Robert Hagg is another defenseman who is rising.

Theodore has great offensive skill and has raw defensive game and size, which could turn into a solid TWD.

Ones to watch are Arnesson, Santini, and Zadorov as other potential risers. But the biggest darkhorses' are Eliot Antonietti and Mirco Mueller. Antonietti is a overrager shutdown guy with fantastic size and Mueller plays a safe, but effective two-way game. This year the talent between the first five and rest drops off considerable and then the talent of the 2nd/3rd rounds drop off after that again for defensemen.

Bowey has been a pretty disappointing player this year. Has great flashes of Drew Doughty in him, but way too inconsistent and watches the puck too much in the defensive zone.

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12-31-2012, 02:56 PM
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Ya Pulock has the best shot by a fair margin. He's the 2nd best in the draft imo

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12-31-2012, 02:59 PM
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Ya Pulock has the best shot by a fair margin. He's the 2nd best in the draft imo
Clocked at 101/102 mph, 10 mph faster than the next best shot on skills day!!!

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12-31-2012, 03:06 PM
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Clocked at 101/102 mph, 10 mph faster than the next best shot on skills day!!!
just imagine how fast it's going to be when he's in his prime..

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12-31-2012, 03:13 PM
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My darkhorse d-men this year are:

Dillon Heatherington
Madison Bowey
Linus Arnesson

Arnesson and Heatherington both play very solid games in transition. I've watched a lot of Heatherington so far and his overall game really impresses me. Whoever takes that kid is getting a steal. Bowey hasn't always impressed me in transition, but he has solid defensive play and I really like his shot when in the offensive zone.

I've only seen Arnesson twice, so I have to blend in what I've read about him as well, but I like the overall package he presents. I'd say he has the highest offensive upside of the three. Although if Bowey can become better at passing on the rush or skating the puck himself, he may be the better offensive player.

Bowey is the bottom of the three IMO, but I really like his upside. If he can improve on some decision making when moving the puck up ice and skating he could become a real gem.

Overall I'd say they're all very strong in their positional game, which is something I always look for in defenseman. They make good decisions in their own end, while having good gap control and they also take good angles.



As for the other higher mentioned players:

Nurse is good, but I'm not sold on him developing very far. I'm definitely not as high on him as others are.

Pulock is excellent, he's great defensively and sometimes I think his offensive game outshines that. Such a complete package with that kid.

Didn't get to see Ristolainen much before, but he's really blowing me away in these WJC. I'm definitely going to have to catch a few games outside of the WJC to round out my thoughts on him.


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1. Seth Jones
2. Rasmus Ristolainen
3. Ryan Pulock
4. Darnell Nurse
5. Josh Morrissey
6. Nikita Zadorov
7. Robert Hagg

...after that, it's anyone's guess

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1. Seth Jones
2. Ryan Pulock
3. Rasmus Ristolainen
4. Josh Morrissey
5. Nikita Zadorov
6. Darnell Nurse
7. Robert Hagg
8. Shea Theodore
9. Steve Santini
10. Madison Bowey

HM: Ian McCoshen, Chase Bigras, Dylan Heatherington, Samuel Morin

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1. Seth Jones
2. Rasmus Ristolainen
3. Ryan Pulock
4. Darnell Nurse
5. Josh Morrissey
6. Nikita Zadorov
7. Robert Hagg

...after that, it's anyone's guess
Really, really solid list. Took the names right out of my mouth.

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12-31-2012, 06:50 PM
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Ristolainen is my number 2 guy. He's had a better tournament than Jones Industrial much opinion. Very impressive player.

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If anybody has seen much of Ristolainen, any armchair expert scouting reports are most appreciated. Does he compare to OEL at all in style?

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If anybody has seen much of Ristolainen, any armchair expert scouting reports are most appreciated. Does he compare to OEL at all in style?
Well I've only watched him at this tournament but I'd say they're different.

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For what its worth, I have Morrissey ahead of Pulock.

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There are 7 guys that are almost certain to go in the 1st round.

1. Seth Jones
2. Rasmus Ristolainen
3. Ryan Pulock
4. Nikita Zadorov
5. Josh Morrisey
6. Darnell Nurse
7. Robert Hagg

Then:
Shea Theodore, Steve Santini, Keaton Thompson, Madison Bowey and Dillon Heatherington.

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12-31-2012, 09:23 PM
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1.Seth Jones
2.Rasmus Ristolainen
3.Ryan Pulock
4.Nikita Zadorov
5.Josh Morrissey
6.Robert Hagg
7.Darnell Nurse
8.Steve Santini
9.Keaton Thompson

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12-31-2012, 09:24 PM
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Everytime I tune in to watch Sproul, I come away very impressed with Nurse. He isn't in that top 3 discussion, but I do think he is going to be a heck of a player. Great raw tools to go with that massive frame.

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12-31-2012, 09:25 PM
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For what its worth, I have Morrissey ahead of Pulock.
Why? (Not being ride, I'm actually curious)

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Shea Theodre sounds like a random generated player in NHL13.

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Jones, then Ristolainen for me

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I'd take Pulock top 5.... Jones, Mackninnon, Barkov, Drouin, Pulock... that order too

Pulock I think will be the steal of this draft

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no chance for Jan Kostalek to be firstrounder ?

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no chance for Jan Kostalek to be firstrounder ?
not really. he is more of a 2nd/3rd round pick

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If anybody has seen much of Ristolainen, any armchair expert scouting reports are most appreciated. Does he compare to OEL at all in style?
Not really he plays a much simpler game and is more physical, not much unlike an Oscar Klefbom.

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Not really he plays a much simpler game and is more physical, not much unlike an Oscar Klefbom.
His physicality is also one of his downsides. A lot of penalties in this tournament for the physical play he uses. Although I have to admit some of them were a bit weak calls. Solid board play solid hits that end up as penalties (charging or what not in this particular tournament).

Ristolainen was surprizingly good with the puck in these games too. I haven't seen much of his FEL games so that's about as much as I can say about Ristolainen. The best D of team Finland (although Maatta propably could have competed for that title if he had stayed healthy)

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The guy with a maple leaf on his chest will be 2nd (no sarcasm)

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