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Round I, Pick #28: Brady Skjei, D

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06-23-2012, 06:45 PM
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Skjei and Nieves came off really well in their interviews IMO. I like both of them.

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Skjei and Nieves came off really well in their interviews IMO. I like both of them.
Agreed. The interview if anything sold me on Nieves. They both seem like really high character kids.

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I like Nieves. Solid kid with upside that's raw, but he reminds me a lot Kreider. Real project player taking the same route.

THN said he scored an absolutely amazing goal against Russia in the Hlinka tournament.

Love that he's going to Michigan, Berenson's a GREAT coach, arguably the best in college hockey.

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06-23-2012, 09:55 PM
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Here's an article on Skjei...

http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/159658705.html

Tremendous skater, and his uncle is a NHL power skating coach, so it figures, but I don't like that he's not physical for his size. Sounds like a good transitional defenseman, but nothing spectacular.

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I like Nieves. Solid kid with upside that's raw, but he reminds me a lot Kreider. Real project player taking the same route.

THN said he scored an absolutely amazing goal against Russia in the Hlinka tournament.

Love that he's going to Michigan, Berenson's a GREAT coach, arguably the best in college hockey.
He's going to a great program.

And Skjei is also going to a program that has a great defense coach.

Clark and Gorton know what they're doing, that's for sure.

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Here's an article on Skjei...

http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/159658705.html

Tremendous skater, and his uncle is a NHL power skating coach, so it figures, but I don't like that he's not physical for his size. Sounds like a good transitional defenseman, but nothing spectacular.
I'm not concerned about it, personally. His skating is elite, if he can continue developing well positionally, continue making smart decisions, and use his stick well, he's going to break up plays regularly. He doesn't need to throw his weight around. If he can learn to use his body to protect the puck, all will be well.

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06-24-2012, 12:58 AM
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anyone else think it's nuts that we are drafting kids born in 1994? Where the heck did the time go?
I was 8 in 1994. I was like a full blown human being at that point.

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I'm always fascinated by this stuff. Anyone know what country his last name comes from? It's unique to say the least.

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This is the position coach for D at Minnesota

Mike Guentzel

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Minnesota has won 382 games, four WCHA playoff championships and four regular season championships with Guentzel on the coaching staff. He coached two Hobey Baker Memorial Award winners, 13 All-Americans and 25 eventual National Hockey League players including defensemen Keith Ballard, Alex Goligoski, Jordan Leopold and Paul Martin.
http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m...el_mike00.html

Guentzel coached all of those players at Minnesota.

If Nick Bjugstad stays for his junior year,Minnesota should be a top team in college hockey. Bjugstad hasn't decided yet. I read he is leaning towards staying in school and FLA is not pushing him to leave school.

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3 of the Top 10(Projected)for 12-13 includes Minnesota,Michigan and Notre Dame

http://insidecollegehockey.com/inch/...10for13_teams/

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06-24-2012, 08:05 AM
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Any chance this kid and Nieves makes the US national team for the WJC?

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06-24-2012, 08:11 AM
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I'm always fascinated by this stuff. Anyone know what country his last name comes from? It's unique to say the least.
To me it definetly sounds Norwegian, but I am not sure.

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There is a lot to like about Skjei; he’s a big, skilled defenseman that has great footwork and good hands. Always has his head on a swivel, anticipating the play around him. Makes quick and smart first passes out of the zone, leading his teammates and keeping the puck out of harms way. Continues to add strength to his big frame, making him more of a force in front of the net.

The most impressive aspect of Skjei’s game is that he is such a tremendous skater for a player of his size. He is very agile, can transition very quickly and is absolutely superb at closing the gap.

Some may be alarmed by his low scoring totals, not to worry, this will come with time as Skjei’s a top talent that projects to be a Ryan McDonagh type player.
http://mnhockeyprospects.com/2012-nh...s/brady-skjei/

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Here is Brady as a 10th grader. His last year of playing high school hockey before going to NTDP.

http://www.mnhockeyhub.com/roster_pl...ubseason=20870

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I love our scouts I really do its amazing. I meanwe were so close of winning the Stanley cup and with thst were bringing in some promising prospects.

I liked this pick. Maybe in 4 years we can get a Mcd-Skeji pairing.

Good job rangers truely they have done a great job over the years to make us the team we are!

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Grant Sonier put a timeline on soon the first round picks could be ready for the NHL

Skjei is in the 1 year away group

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One season away
Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens
Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs
Mathew Dumba, Minnesota Wild
Filip Forsberg, Washington Capitals
Cody Ceci, Ottawa Senators
Teuvo Teravainen, Chicago Blackhawks
Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo Sabres
Brendan Gaunce, Vancouver Canucks
Brady Skjei, New York Rangers

This group of nine players features some excellent picks who should be ready to play in the NHL after another year of development.

Both Galchenyuk and Rielly are coming off major knee injuries this past season and will need another year in junior hockey to re-establish their dominance and get back to full speed. Forsberg , Dumba, Ceci, Girgensons, Gaunce and Skjei are all physically ready and will be close next season, but other factors should keep them out of the NHL this fall.

Forsberg is heading back to Sweden, to fulfill the final year of his contract there, and Skjei faces a very long list of defensemen ahead of him in New York unless a trade thins things out a bit. For the others, I believe it will simply take some time for roster spots to be made available. The Blackhawks are thrilled to have super skilled forward Teravainen, but he is the least developed of this group in terms of physical maturity.

However, his evasiveness and ability to avoid getting hit -- like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Patrick Kane, who play a similar style  should help him to reach the NHL a little quicker than expected.
http://insider.espn.go.com/nhl/story...st-round-picks

Yakupov,Murray,Grigorenko and Raska are ready to play in 12-13.

Sonier gave the Rangers a B-

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Sonier's prime picks: Brady Skjei brings a combination of size, skating and leadership that projects him as a potential shutdown defenseman. High school forward Cristoval Nieves is one of the most athletic players drafted. He can skate like the wind. Good value pick in Calle Andersson (No. 119 overall), who is a very smart, composed elite-sized defenseman who, if he adds half a step, has a chance to be a solid NHL-er. His skating is just a little off.
http://insider.espn.go.com/nhl/story...iens-top-marks

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Skjei (pronounced "Shay") and Nieves are expected to attend at least part of the Rangers’ prospect camp, Monday through Friday. Clark said he did not know yet whether the Rangers’ other two selections – both Europeans – defenseman Calle Andersson (No. 119) or right wing Thomas Spelling (No. 142) – would be at the camp.
http://www.northjersey.com/sports/16...tml?c=y&page=1

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06-24-2012, 09:26 AM
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Given the glowing things Sonier wrote about the Rangers' draft, I'm a bit mystified as to why he gave the team a B-. Is it because we were missing a 6th & 7th rounder? Really?

Personally, I'm liking this year's crop as much, if not more, than last year's. So thrilled to have Gordie and Gorton running the show.

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Really like the player - great skater, great athlete.

Kind of wary of sending a kid to develop at the U of M. As odd as that may be to say.
Under Mike Guentzel? Surely you jest. Guentzel is one of the best coaches in college hockey.

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What side does "Shay" (So much easier to spell lol) play?

Not surprised the Rangers took a Dman in the first, this draft was very deep on defensemen.


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I've said this a few times but the only thing I dislike about this pick is his commitment to U of M.

University of Stagnation. Lucia has no idea how to develop players IMO.
Jordan Leopold, Paul Martin, Stu Bickel, Keith Ballard, Alex Goligoski, Erik Johnson, Nick Leddy, Phil Kessel, Jim O'Brien, Kyle Okposo, Ryan Potulny, Thomas Vanek, Blake Wheeler, Ryan Stoa, Cade Fairchild, Aaron Ness, Jeff Taffe.

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What side does "Shay" (So much easier to spell lol) play?

Not surprised the Rangers took a Dman in the firsy, this drafy was very derp on defensemen.
I know this was a misspelling, but, it made me laugh.

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AWESOME so we finally get kreider out of bc so people can stop whining about jerry york only to be proven wrong and now we are already whining about lucia for the 3 years skjei will be there lol
I wouldn't trust a bitter Badger fan's opinion on Lucia. The Badgers haven't sniffed the NCAA tournament in two years now, while Minnesota just made a run to the Frozen Four. Losing Mark Osiecki to Ohio State hasn't helped Wisconsin's recruiting and development either. Meanwhile, Minnesota has Mike Guentzel back and is the preseason favorite to win the NCAA title next season.

http://insidecollegehockey.com/inch/...10for13_teams/

Perhaps this dude should worry a bit more about his own college team


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I know this was a misspelling, but, it made me laugh.
Lol I fixed the post. Stupid cell phones and there small touch screen buttons lol.

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SKJEI. How do they get SHEA from that? Justin Faulk was ready for pro hockey after 1 year in the WCHA. He played two years at NTDP. Like Skjei. Minny boys.

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