Pouliot wins and will probably be followed by half a dozen other defensemen. Added nobody this time because Rust, Segalla, Samuelsson, Archibald, Farnham, Guentzel and Maguire all were mentioned only once, and we don't really need more options right now. I'm keeping score of all the write-ins though so those weren't for naught.
2013 poll results
#1 Derrick Pouliot (56,68%)
And since somebody asked in the other thread...
Originally Posted by invictus
Anyone have links for how our board prospect vote went in years prior to last ones? It would be nice to see our collective wisdom in action
- every poll winner so far has been traded later, except for Despres
- Veilleux finished 4th for three consecutive years before crashing down the ranks
- Strait and Bortuzzo were models of consistency, always bottom half of the top 10 (Bort was in four polls, Strait in all five)
- Joe Vitale's highest ever ranking was 12th in 2009, he would poll worse the closer he got to the NHL
- only two goalies cracked any top 10 (Curry 9th in 2008, Thiessen 10th in 2011)
Maatta has a really good shot and likes to use it. I'm not so sure it’s overly hard but he does get it on net and is smart enough to understand shooting lanes.
Maatta can really zip a puck tape to tape. He used to force a lot of plays during his draft year but has really cleaned up that part of his game. I'm hoping the Pens can walk the fine line of letting him do his thing while curbing bad habits. I do think that once becoming a pro he will simplify his game a little bit more and the cleaner pro game around him will help him out.
Maatta covers a lot of ice and is a very active player. I don't think he's that fast right now but his foot speed is good and he keeps his legs churning. In terms of a look on the ice he reminds me a lot of a young Gonchar but I think he’ll be more like a Mattais Ohlund or Roman Hamrlik type.
Maatta has good size and battles even though he is not a heavy hitter. He is involved all over the ice and pressures pucks well. He ties up players in front of the net, blocks shots and will take hits to make the right play. He's a gamer and competes up and down the ice. Also want to mention that he will stick up for himself and his team.
Maatta has cut down on the risk taking and cleaned up his game by leaps and bounds. He jumps up into the play but has learned to skate in and skate out. He has simplified parts of his game and the question is if he can do that while also putting up numbers. The Pens seem to really like active defenseman so maybe he'll fit right in and they groom him the right way. I thought he was the best player in this years prospect game and seems ready for the pro game.