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04-13-2013, 07:27 AM
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Top Tough Guy D Prospects

Trying to come up with interesting topics for discussion with prospects on here. I don't want to spam so I figured I'd get the discussion going here well in advance of a story I'll be publishing.

Who would you say are the top defense prospects who can not only drop the gloves and bring the pain, but also play the game pretty well. I already have my top 5 locked in, but I figured I'd get the convo started early. I'm talking about heavyweight type guys with intimidating size. I'd say McIlrath is number one. Any thoughts?

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04-13-2013, 07:30 AM
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Undrafted Rasmus Ristolainen is big, nasty, physical and mobile two-way defenceman.

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04-13-2013, 07:31 AM
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Trying to come up with interesting topics for discussion with prospects on here. I don't want to spam so I figured I'd get the discussion going here well in advance of a story I'll be publishing.

Who would you say are the top defense prospects who can not only drop the gloves and bring the pain, but also play the game pretty well. I already have my top 5 locked in, but I figured I'd get the convo started early. I'm talking about heavyweight type guys with intimidating size. I'd say McIlrath is number one. Any thoughts?
Radko Gudas has everything you ask for despite size, he currently averages 4hits per game in the NHL and still plays the game pretty well.

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04-13-2013, 07:32 AM
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Undrafted Rasmus Ristolainen is big, nasty, physical and mobile two-way defenceman.
Doubt he can fight.

I don't think Tinordi has McIlrath's fight ability, but he levels people, he fights, he's 6'6 and he can play.

He needs to work on his balance and his fighting will be better.

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04-13-2013, 07:39 AM
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Yeah I'm going for more enforcer type Dmen who can also play. A rarity I know, but there are some out there with potential. Like I said though I already have my list. This thread doesn't have to be limited to that. Some convo about just flat out physical dmen is still great. I like the one's that have been suggested. Not as familiar with the Finnish one, but Gudas is a nice player. Always love to have that kind of player on a team.

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04-13-2013, 07:53 AM
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people not mentioning Gudbranson? i don't think he've played enoug to not be considered a prospect because he haven't panned out as of yet.

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people not mentioning Gudbranson? i don't think he've played enoug to not be considered a prospect because he haven't panned out as of yet.
he has over 100 nhl games so not a prospect

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people not mentioning Gudbranson? i don't think he've played enoug to not be considered a prospect because he haven't panned out as of yet.
He's played over 100 games in the NHL. I don't think he's in "prospect" territory anymore.

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He's played over 100 games in the NHL. I don't think he's in "prospect" territory anymore.
meh, he got ejected in enough games to put it below 100, but yeah. he passed it a day ago or so... i guess technically he isn't one. my bad

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Harrison Ruopp isn't a skill guy but he's a hard-nosed defensive defense type who loves to throw 'em.

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Dallas stars prospect Jamie Oleksiak. He's 6'7, but not a McIlrath type of player, however, he shouldn't be overlooked. Can drop the gloves if needed to.

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McIlrath is pretty much what you named. Basically he's a Matt Greene with 90% winning record in his career fights. Big Ranger fan here, and have seen him play in HFD, chatted with him, and followed his progress since he was drafted. He is the only athlete that fits the bill, unless you wanna consider Gudbranson a prospect.

I've seen McIlrath rag doll a AHL heavyweight on the guys knees, make him look at McIlrath's fist, talk down to him, and feed him punches to the head while the guy cowers. That guy was 6'2" 220, and averaged 18 fights a year in his career, so it wasn't just a non-fighter. People who have seen him in the dub longer than I have can probably attest to the nastiness that Dylan can bring.

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Pat sieloff no contest look him up boys

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Rasmus Ristolainen, Pat sieloff and Jamie Oleksiak are a no go.

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What about Keegan Kanzig. Guy fits the bill.

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I'm not sure if Richard Nedomlel fits the bill anymore. I know he was drafted to be a tough guy who could still play the game. I think he had something like 350 PIMS in 2 years in the u18 league before he came over to NA.

There's also Mike McKee who is at least 5-7 years away from the pro game. He's likely to set the PIM records in the USHL, he's a pure goon at this point.

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McIlrath is pretty much what you named. Basically he's a Matt Greene with 90% winning record in his career fights. Big Ranger fan here, and have seen him play in HFD, chatted with him, and followed his progress since he was drafted. He is the only athlete that fits the bill, unless you wanna consider Gudbranson a prospect.

I've seen McIlrath rag doll a AHL heavyweight on the guys knees, make him look at McIlrath's fist, talk down to him, and feed him punches to the head while the guy cowers. That guy was 6'2" 220, and averaged 18 fights a year in his career, so it wasn't just a non-fighter. People who have seen him in the dub longer than I have can probably attest to the nastiness that Dylan can bring.
I saw McIlrath get popped by 5 foot 10 Gallant, a Bport Soundtiger middleweight. ALl in all I have seen Mcilrath fight 7 or 8 times and despite his size his fighting is mediocre

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I saw McIlrath get popped by 5 foot 10 Gallant, a Bport Soundtiger middleweight. ALl in all I have seen Mcilrath fight 7 or 8 times and despite his size his fighting is mediocre
Biased response. You most definitely are an Islander fan. Go to many Bridgeport Soundtiger games?


Another real nasty D man who is an excellent fighter and has improved his overall game is Samuel Noreau - BAIE-COMEAU DRAKKAR-QMJHL. Another NYR draft pick.

Check out some of his work here: http://www.hockeyfights.com/players/13600

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I saw McIlrath get popped by 5 foot 10 Gallant, a Bport Soundtiger middleweight. ALl in all I have seen Mcilrath fight 7 or 8 times and despite his size his fighting is mediocre
Gallant is a top5 heavyweight in the ahl even if he's only 185lbs. Guy is the best pfp fighter in hockey. No shame for McIlrath

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Andrew MacWilliam. Guy is a monster on the ice

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Andrew MacWilliam. Guy is a monster on the ice
Came to say this.

Mac is a beast.

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Kyle Bigos for the Oilers.

6'5'' 240lbs and a decent skater. All-time PIM leader at Merrimack.

Hopefully he signs. Haven't heard anything on that front.

Really excited to see him as a pro.

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