He's the real deal. At 6'5 and 215lbs he skates well, is offensive minded, has an NHL calibre pass and shot. His defensive zone coverage is excellent. He tends to block a lot of shots and break up odd man rushes with his willingness to go down and shut down passing lanes. His only liabilities is he tends to get beat wide on rushes by fast skating forwards due to his lateral movement/pivots and sometimes get caught flat footed in the neutral zone. He needs to increase his physical play on a consistent basis. He is not soft but does not play as physical as he should for a guy his size.
On the PP he is used for his cannon of a shot that usually gets on net. His rotation on the PP is also excellent as he often slides backdoor behind the defenders.
On the PK he is used regularly on 5-3 situations and is good at blocking the goal mouth pass.
All in all, a well rounded player who has a decent shot at a top 4 spot in the AHL next year. His future looks bright.
From what I've seen of him in a couple trips out west to visit family I would have to say he has an outside shot at cracking the Pred's next season. He isn't overly physical no but has the ability to deliver excellent open ice hits.
Damn that is deep, plus Zidlicky and Timonen have plenty of hockey left in the tank. I hope Shero can pinch one when its all said and done.
As a Laakso fan, I wouldn't mind seeing him playing in the same team as Crosby, Malkin and Staal...
But I would imagine that even as Laakso might be one of the easiest to get, he would probably be last on Shero's list as well being probably the least NHL ready and having the least potential in the eyes of many NHL GMs... then again he has played with adults for two full seasons after this one, so he might be more ready than most people think and even when it comes to potential, I would put him above Klein, maybe even Weber in the long run and offensively above Parent (yes, I'm talking about pure potential here, nothing else)
Originally Posted by teddygmr
Don't forget Russian Denis Kulyash!
6'2" 200 pounds and an Al McInnis like slap shot. I believe if Nashville fails to sign him by June, he becomes a UFA and they won't let that happen.
That explains why we didn't see him at Karjala Cup playing for Team Russia (or is he injured?). I was expecting to see him...
Cody Franson along with Ryan Parent, and Kevin Klein probably could have made a lot of NHL rosters out of camp this year just Not Nashville's. BTW Franson is tied for 4th in the WHL in scoring including forwards
politics may be the only reason he doesn't make Canada's World Jr team this year