I was happy when we drafted this guy, but he hasn't shown anything to me yet, while in only a few games, Gilbert has looked fantastic. Maybe we should get other teams to draft for us?
Syvret is an offensive defenseman so for him to excel, he needs to play in that kinda of system. Also, his development was slowed when he was stuck in Hamilton last year when he would get yelled at by the coach everytime he jumped in the rush. He is doing better in Grand Rapids as they have more of an offensive system for their D. He has always been a late bloomer (didn't put up big numbers until his last 2 seasons in London). He will come around when he is given the chance.
Syvret is likely going to be a project. He's undersized, and so, despite his great years in junior, I feel he's going to need to do a lot of adjusting for the size discrepancy that he has vs. most nhlers. The NHL does have smaller, successful players, but not necessarily defencemen.
Having said that, I haven't seen anything blatantly negative to knock him on. He's got a great head on his shoulders and recovers well from mistakes. If he does make it to the NHL, it may not be for another 1-2 years, perhaps longer. I'm still a big fan of his, and I still see him as being a steal as a third round pick as a 21 year old.
You need guys on the farm who can step in and play some minutes in the NHL. At worst Syvret will be a tweener player who plays 10-15 NHL games a season and is a very good minor league player. At best he could be a no.6-7 NHL d-man. He's still under contract for another year. Let's see what the organisation can do with some of these guys when they control the team.