Nurse has a lot of development ahead of him, he defends like a rookie junior forward out there. He's an absolute pylon defending the rush, the reads and decision-making are extremely raw and immature.
But that's drafting defensemen, 3 - 5 years before first NHL game after being drafted, not 3 months.
I didn't really have high expectations for him at this tournament. But he looked better in the 2nd than he did in the 1st. The learning curve him is going to be steep - I think he'll be the "most improved" player by the end of the tournament. A guy with his physical skills and pedigree at the junior level is going to drink this experience all in and improve.
Interesting you say this. I've put it out there 2-3 times on this board - it seems so logical the way he can operate in the offensive zone. But his game isn't rooted in physicality whatsoever. There's no room for soft big guys in our bottom-6. He'd have to learn to engage along the boards and protect the puck better to play that PF roll.
I'd rather give him 2-3 years to develop at that level. Playing with and learning from Marincin should be great for his development
You're spot on that Gernat's game lacks physicality. From what I've seen, Marincin has more of a physical side to his game, irregardless of the year he has on Gernat. I'd like to think he'll grow into it as his body fills out, but as of today, it's not in his repertoire.
I didn't know anything about Roy prior to drafting him.
After reading about him and looking at his QMJHL production, the first thing that popped into my head was Patrice Bergeron. Obviously he's a bit smaller (2 inches shorter), but the same high-IQ game is visible from watching him. He's not afraid to engage physically, he has good puck skills, and seems to ooze intelligence.
Will be very keen on following his development the next couple of years. I wonder if he gets a shot at the WJHC if he starts the year hot.
From watching him today, it's clear he's got some top-6 potential
Look at Kale Kessy out there. That's what Musil was like in his first rookie camp. It's improved ten-fold.
**** I can't stand Kessy. Just a nothing player. Poor puck skills, slow skating. One thing he's good for is puck protection and boards play. But that's pointless without any knowledge of what to do with the puck.
If that's how Musil looked last year then he's made unbelievable strides forward.