The Lightning continue to develop the Harvard pipeline with Crimson recruit Brian Hart out of the New Hampshire high school ranks. Like Alex Killorn before him, the Lightning end up with a prospect with good size and skill.
Pros: Great size and strength already. Heavy shot with a quick release. Soft hands around the net and good on deflections. Great natural athlete who is an accomplished soccer player, too.
Cons: First step acceleration. Could use his size more in the physical game.
Red Line Report projected Hart as a third line power forward who can chip in offensively. TSN's Craig Button compared him to ex-NHLer Bill Guerin.
The Lightning get fantastic value in the third round with Swiss second year eligible Tanner Richard.
Pros: Good skater with great acceleration. Soft hands and a great puckhandler and playmaker. Competes hard at both ends of the rink and surprisingly willing to play the physical game, despite his slight frame.
Cons: Nagging injuries limited him to 45 games, and those injuries may be attributed to his lack of strength and size. Second year eligible so a little less time to develop than others in this class.
Red Line Report projected Richard as a versatile top 9 forward who chips in offensively and compared him to Valtteri Filppula.
I don't know either. My Internet went out and my iPhone is all screwy. My avatar was showing a lightning strike and your richard trophy photo. Now it's changed back to the ads one and Richard trophy. Lol. No worries!
I've seen Paquette play this year and I will see him again next year and will be able to provide updates for you guys.
A quick scouting report about him would say he plays a bit like Patrice Bergeron. He is big and strong on the puck, responsible in all three zones, has good skating abilities and is very smart on the ice.
Also scored more than 30 goals as a rookie in the Q. A favourite of mine and I knew he was gonna ge drafted even if he is at his 2nd year of eligibility.