MB needs to be on this. We could also trade for him and try to sign him.
Righty center, good size, strong on faceoffs, could be fairly close to NHL action, centered one of our top prospects, etc.
Bulldogs need help down the middle big time...it's just a no-brainer to me.
The timing could actually be pretty good for a fit here, looks like we'll be thin on forward prospects in Hamilton next season. Knight could start around 14-16th on the depth chart and get some NHL games.
WOULD-BE-A-DREAM. But I'm way too involved as far as he's concerned, been a favorite of mine since his NCAA days. I'd need a more balanced opinion than mine....
Yea he's got some good tools. I question his pro upside. See a lot of Kelly if he makes it.
I think he knows very well he won't start in the NHL and Hamilton has plenty of centre spots after Dumont. Gabriel might even start with the Habs - who knows. And I know he enjoyed playing with Kristo. It could be a great match.
I am a Blade Fan. Watched almost every game this season. Big fan of both Dietz and Thrower. And believe the Canadiens will be very happy with both prospects.
You don't have to take it personally...not every Saskatoon Blade will be a star. :-)
Fact is that Thrower underachieved last season..there are several flaws in his game that may or mat not be corrected. One of the issues is his size. He's able to get away with being a physical dman at the junior level, but in the pros his lack of size will hurt him. He can throw big hits and such, will likely always be able to do that, but in front of the net and in the corners, that lack of size becomes a problem.
Of bigger concern is his defensive play...poor reads and positioning, inconsistent effort, brain cramps, but there wasn't a development in his offensive game last year either. Skating is also a concern, in particular his pivoting and lateral agility. 6-0 dmen in the pros are usually pretty mobile.
I think Dietz is the better pro prospect at this time, and that Thrower will struggle to make the NHL. That's not the end of the world - there are only 7 spots available...not all of our drafted dmen will make it.