This thread kind of bombed on the Prospects Board so I figured I'd try again here. Looking for a compare and contrast on three Dallas forward prospects playing NCAA hockey:
Alex Chiasson (2nd Rounder in 2009)
Reilly Smith (3rd rounder in 2009)
Austin Smith (5th Rounder in 2007)
Austin Smith, A Texas native, recently signed and is turning pro, he's the oldest and smallest (5'10" 165 lbs according to hockeydb), but also the highest scoring this past season, putting up 36 goals and 57 points in 39 games during his fourth and final year for Colgate College.
Reilly Smith is the youngest, average-sized (6'0" 160 lbs) from Ontario, and coming off a 30-goal, 48-point in 38-game campaign, his third at Miami University.
Chiasson, from Quebec, is the biggest (6'4" 195 lbs) and appears to be more of a playmaker than a scorer based on his stats (15 goals and 44 points in 37 games) in his third season at Boston University.
That's what HockeyDb.com tells me...but what can you tell me?
I'm looking for scouting reports and opinions from posters who have watched one or preferably all three live.
Who has the best pro potential? Who is most likely to make the jump first and have an immediate impact? What kind of players do they project to be? Who are NHL comparables? Are any of the three considered "A" prospects?
For conversation sake, if all three were available in a fantasy league's Rookie Draft, what order would you draft them and why?
In order of potential it is most likely Chiasson, R.Smith, and then A.Smith. The first two are most likely to be 2nd liners, while Austin would most likely be a 3rd liner.
Reilly Smith has been signed and is with the team now, while Austin was sent to Cedar Park. It would seem Reilly is the one that will crack the team first. Nothing has been announced on Chiasson yet even though his team has also been eliminated from the NCAA tournament, I believe.
Well, I'd love to change it but I can't find a good scouting report for the guy anywhere. Would you rather I say he's the next Eriksson? Steve Sullivan (I don't think he's been labeled as a shifty guy)?
Defensively responsible, high character sniper type is all I'm running on. Wish I knew how he played on a game to game basis. I don't think a 30-20 guy is out of the equation (basically Nieuwy's statline for most of his career)