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Dallas Stars 2012 Draft Scouting Reports

With the 13th overall pick, from the Kitchener Rangers, Dallas selects Radek Faksa.



Height: 6' 2.75"
Weight: 200.4 lb
Wing Span: 77.75"
Shoots: Left
Position: Center
Birthday: January 9th, 1994
2011-12: 62GP - 29G - 38A - 67PTS - 47PIM - (+19)
Playoffs: 13GP - 2G - 4A - 6PTS - 10PIM (-3)
WJC-20: 6GP - 2G - 0A - 2PTS - 4PIM (-3)

Stars' scout Jimmy Johnston on Radek Faksa:
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Here's scout Jimmy Johnston's take on first round pick Radek Faksa, a center from Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League:

He’s got good size; he’s a smart kid on both sides of the puck. He’s good in the defensive zone, he’s good offensively. He can create offense and he can understand the other side of the game, too. He’s just a real good two-way player.

“He might be one of the best players this year in protecting the puck with his body. He uses his legs really well. He has the size and the reach. He played on the first power play and he played the point on the power play.

“There is a lot to like about him. He’s young and he’s got lots of growth left in him. He’s a big kid with lots of improvement potential. Plus, it’s an area we need.”

Ranked 11th in Bob McKenzie's Final Rankings:

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TSN Scout Craig Button:
Radek is cut from the mold of a classic center. He moves around the ice looking for opportunities and ready to exploit the weakness in an opponent. He has an excellent feel for the game and knows how to get himself into advantageous positions without the puck and then when he does have the puck, he is extremely capable of taking advantage and creating chances. He can create offense in multiple ways, with his playmaking, his shot, and his willingness to engage physically. He is still developing physically but his skating base is very good without any noticeable weakness and as he becomes stronger, it will give him more speed and quickness to be that much better. He plays very well in defensive situations because of his IQ but is very adept at transitioning quickly to offense. He gains advantages with physical play and is willing to play in traffic and along the boards. When he matures, he will be a blend of skill and size which is both coveted and important to winning.
Elite Prospects:
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A pretty aggressive and physical player with top level hockey sense and competitiveness. Capable skater that plays well along the boards. Handles the puck comfortably and has fairly good scoring abilities.
March 12th 2012 - The Hockey Writers - The Next Ones:
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Faksa [Fack-sah] n. The moniker denoting an ice hockey prospect with a strong work ethic, good offensive and defensive skills and an astute ability at climbing draft rankings.

In every game Radek Faksa suits up in and on every shift Faksa skates the Czech pivot leaves a positive impression and it has reflected in his climb up the monthly draft rankings. Radek Faksa has propelled himself up to fourth among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term ranking. Driven by a strong work ethic, Faksa is a player that competes with passion and a win-at-all cost approach. The offensive upside of Radek Faska is still relatively unknown but he does possess the skills to put up points at the next level. Faksa owns a hard accurate shot with good velocity and with soft playmaking hands and above-average puck protection skills he’s a difficult player to compete against. Radek’s best asset remains his overall balanced game and while he does not excel in one particular skill or area he offers a well-rounded package. The average spectator will notice that Faksa lacks a “wow” factor but his hockey sense is extremely underrated and it’s an area that has many people thinking he is capable of reaching another offensive level.

Scout’s Honour:
He’s not afraid to play in traffic, go to the net, take hits, deliver hits and he plays with a bit of an edge. He’s got real good playmaking skills, good puck ability … he’s got real good ability to get the puck through to the net and make plays.
– NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards

We know he’s a world-class offensive player, but I think what makes him attractive to NHL scouts is the fact he might play earlier than expected because he’s able to defend at what I consider an elite level right now.


– Kitchener Rangers’ Head Coach Steve Spott

Faksa is an above-average puck-handler and passer. While he still needs to develop his body a lot, he shows effort in the physical game and will attack the high percentage areas.


– ESPN’s Corey Pronman

Faksa does some of his best work below the goal line using his frame to shield the puck well and cycle the play, outworking the opposition’s defense and then distributing the puck. He’s a quick skater who can really shoot the puck as well, and even sees some PK time (the role he played at the World Juniors).


– Future Considerations’ Brian Huddle

He’s a really smart player and is so dedicated to playing in his own end. Again, his size makes him very tough to match up against.


– OHL Prospects’ Brock Otten

ETA: 2-3 years

NHL Potential: Second Line Centre

Strengths:
  • Elite-level hockey sense
  • Good vision and playmaking skills
  • Heavy, accurate shot with good velocity
  • Strong puck protection skills
  • Coachable
  • Operates well in traffic
  • Good defensive awareness

Flaws/Aspects He Needs To Work On:
  • Improve faceoff prowess
  • Continue to develop strength/add mass to maximize his large frame
  • Engage himself physically more often
April 16th, 2012 - The Last Word:
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This season Radek Faksa led all OHL rookies with 66 points in 62 games. Faksa came to Kitchener and showed that he was very quick to adapt to the North American game. Faksa pairs outstanding hockey sense and offensive instincts, with his very good vision and passing skills to be an excellent playmaker. He also has a good wrist shot with an excellent release. Faksa is an above average skater, with good speed and strong balance which makes him difficult to knock off the puck. He isn’t afraid to go into traffic and to take hits to make plays for the Rangers. For these reasons we believe Faksa will be a top 6 centre at the NHL level.

At 6’3, 202lbs Faksa has the great size that many NHL teams covet down the middle. Faksa uses that size effectively to protect the puck, to establish position in the offensive zone. We do however think that Faksa can use his size more effectively and we’d like to see him drive the net harder with the puck on his stick. We’d also like to see Faksa use his size advantage to be a more effective body checker, especially on the forecheck.

Faksa is also an excellent defensive player. He is often used to check the opponent’s top line, and is a key penalty killer for Kitchener. Faksa makes quick decisions and is equally adept at breaking up plays in both the neutral zone and his defensive end. He uses his size and smarts to angle opponents to the outside and keep them from dangerous areas. His long reach is an important asset in closing down passing lanes as well. Faksa however could stand to improve on his faceoff skills in order to be a true shutdown centre in the NHL.

Faksa is an intriguing prospect, who will definitely be highly sought after come draft day. His combination of excellent size and strong two way play will be in high demand. We’d compare Faksa’s maximum potential to that of Mikko Koivu of the Minnesota Wild. The major question in his game that keeps him a step below the elite centres in this draft is whether he possesses the real high end offensive skills necessary to be a first liner in the NHL. However we do believe he can definetely be a solid top 6 player, with an outside chance of being a top liner.
May 5th, 2010 - Ranked 10th by Corey Pronman:
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10. Radek Faksa, Center, Kitchener-OHL

Faksa had a great first season in North America, rocketing to the top of the charts in OHL rookie scoring and playing a key role for Kitchener. Faksa is a pretty well-rounded player who doesn't have a clear weakness but is notably strong at all areas of the game. He's a solid to above-average skater with nice acceleration and who can get to a desirable top speed. Faksa's puck skills are above-average as well and he's certainly effective controlling the puck. He will show the ability to be a good puck distributer, though I have heard conflicting reports on this area of his game from scouts as some think he's just solid and other think potentially high end. How well he has adjusted to the OHL pace has been impressive as he makes quick decisions in a fast Junior league. Faksa shows very good dependability in the defensive end and scouts I've talked to rave about his defensive game which is high-end potentially and creates a lot of value when combined with his skill set. He can kill penalties effectively and has been regularly relied on to play high-leverage minutes in both ends. He also has no fear of getting involved with the physical game as he will battle hard in the corners, take his checks with the body, and drive the net with regularity.
May 26th, 2012: Maple Leafs Hot Stove
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Strengths: The 22nd overall selection in the 2011 CHL Import Draft has put together a very impressive rookie season in North America. Thanks to a powerful 6’3 202 lb frame, he’s had no trouble adjusting to the more physical Canadian game. Faksa is the definition of a complete player, able to line up at all three forward positions, play a grind-it-out style of game, display some of the best two-way potential in the draft (right up there with Galchenyuk), and contribute on the scoresheet as well. He’s a character kid with a good head on his shoulders and will battle for you on every shift. Offensively, there is a well-rounded skillset that includes a quick, accurate wrist shot and some soft hands in tight around the net.

Weaknesses: Faksa has a solid all-around package of talent but it’s difficult to pinpoint any one particular outstanding skill that will vault him to an all-star calibre level. He’s not afraid to bang bodies but he’s not exactly an intimidating, physical presence at this point. He’s pretty slick and agile for a player his size, but could still improve on his acceleration and top end speed. On the offensive side, he’s no slouch and should be able to contribute, but probably won’t be one to dominate the scoresheet.

Draft Day Outlook: Faksa is currently pegged to go somewhere between picks #10 – 20 (16th overall on the ISS rankings) but given the parity of the draftboard, it would not surprise me to see him land in the top 10. An underwhelming playoff performance may hurt his stock and provide the Maple Leafs with an opportunity to move down if this is indeed their man. A projected 50-60 point two-way forward similar to a David Backes or a Bobby Holik type would not be unreasonable expectation.
June 19th, 2012: Canes Now Eye on the Draft
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[Faksa] played for the Kitchener Rangers. He has size. He has been described as a smart, solid, two-way player, a "character kid" and a hard worker. Kitchener coach Steve Spott has made some comparisons to former Rangers star Gabriel Landeskog.

"He's a big prototypical center," MacDonald said. "He's got size, he's got good skill. He's a Czech kid who came into Kitchener and led the Ontario Hockey League in rookie scoring.

"He was able to play on the Czech national junior team at Christmas-time and he did well on that world stage. He's the kind of big, strong, creative player that most teams are looking for -- for that size and skill. You look for those players who can play on both ends of the ice and he represents that."

"Steve Spott is an excellent coach and has coached at the international level as well," MacDonald said. "We're always comfortable with players coming out of Kitchener and the way they've been developed. Their track record is pretty good."

One NHL scout was quoted as saying there's little "wow" to Faksa's game. But MacDonald said there are no big reservations about Faksa, who is listed at 6-3 and 203 pounds, or his game.

"I believe he's going to be a good NHL player and be able to play a top-six role on most NHL teams," MacDonald said. "It's a question of whether it will be sooner or later. Whether he can step in and do it right now, that's difficult to project. At some point in time he's going to be making a contribution in the National Hockey League."
June 21st, 2012: The Score Draft Profile
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Rangers coach Steve Spott thinks he has another Gabriel Landeskog on his hands and though he has an obvious Kitchener bias, it’s worth noting Faksa was an OHL rookie.

In that time, the Czech import has already leveraged his physical gifts to make an impact. “One of the better forwards available in the draft,” said one scout. “Has size, skill and he’s a great skater. He has adjusted well over here and uses his size and reach very well.”

The youngest player taken to Alberta for the Czech world junior squad, Faksa acquitted himself well, but he will be even more integral next season when the tourney shifts to Russia. A concussion during the playoffs hindered Faksa’s post-season run with the Rangers, but the bird-dogs love the frame he is building his game around. “Big, strong and he’s going to fill out,” said another scout. “He’ll get some of that man strength. Real good poise with the puck.”
Kyle Woodlief - First Round Analysis
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13. Dallas Stars: C Radek Faksa. Faksa should be a natural fit as a second-line center at the NHL level. He has excellent size/strength, good puck-handling skills, a laser shot, and is easily the best of the top forwards at playing away from the puck and in his own defensive end. His hockey sense is outstanding in all three zones, and he's a strong competitor who hates to lose.
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I had Faksa rated 5th among OHL players.

It's damn close for me between Faksa and Brendan Gaunce as the 3rd best forward available from the OHL. I gave the nod to Faksa because I think he has a bit higher upside due to his edge in skating ability and skill with the puck off the rush. The thing about Faksa is that he's big, but he's also got an explosive first few steps and is surprisingly agile for a big man. He plays off the rush very effectively and is a terrific puck handler. He's just a solid all around offensive player. He's got a great shot which is very accurate, but can also find teammates at top speed. At times I've found him to be a little drive happy and predictable, but his ability to use his teammates is something I expect to develop with time. Faksa is an aggressive player away from the puck and is tenacious along the boards at both ends of the ice. He's particularly very intelligent defensively in his own end and reads the play exceptionally well. His defensive anticipation is terrific and the best of any OHL forward available for this draft. He had some injury issues down the stretch and into the playoffs and didn't look great, which could be a bit concerning. It's possible that he just got worn down in his first OHL season though. The key for Faksa will probably be the development of his physical game. It can be inconsistent. That isn't to say his effort is inconsistent; just his physical aggressiveness with and without the puck. I'd like to see him develop more of a mean streak to match his size, skating and skill combination. It would make him just that much more of an effective player at both ends of the ice at the next level. People always ask me how Faksa and Landeskog compare as players. And that's the big thing that separates them; physicality.





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With the 43rd overall pick, from MODO in Sweden, Dallas selects Ludvig Byström.



Height: 6' 0.75"
Weight: 169 lbs.
Wing Span: 75.5" inches
Shoots: Left
Position: Defense
Birthday: July 20th, 1994
MODO J18: 1GP - 1G - 0A - 1PTS - 2PIM (0)
Playoffs: 1GP - 0G - 0A - 0PTS - 10PIM (-2)
MODO J20: 34GP - 7G - 22A - 29PTS - 101PIM - (+2)
Playoffs: 8GP - 1G - 3A - 4PTS - 4PIM - (-5)
MODO Elitserien: 20GP - 0G - 1A - 1PTS - 8PIM - (+2)
Playoffs: 1GP - 0G - 0A - 0PTS - 0PIM - ( 0)
WJC-18: 6GP - 0G - 1A - 1PTS - 2PIMT - (-1)


Ranked 34th in Bob McKenzie's Final Rankings
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Ludvig has the attributes to be a very good two-way defenseman once he has physically matured. His skating is very good, possessing very good mobility and agility which allows him to be elusive when pressured and helps him play defensive situations without being vulnerable. His sense is excellent and he gets to the right spots on the ice to make a play and he has very good poise with the puck. Offensively, he sees the play, passes very well and creates opportunities for his team. Defensively, he competes 1-1 with good positioning and is very adept at not allowing himself to get overwhelmed. He uses his body well, is willing to engage physically and doesn't take a backseat when the game becomes more physical. His willingness exceeds his capabilities in this area because of the lack of strength but once that develops, he has the capability to make this more of a factor in his game. He has shown the ability to raise the level of his game when required and has a lot of growth ahead which should allow him to reach his potential.
Elite Prospects
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A smooth skating and puck moving defenseman with great smarts. Has impressive positioning both offensively and defensively. Very good decision making. Fairly good release and passing game. Not overly flashy, but consistent and a team player. Has an edge to his game and gets involved in the rough stuff. Skilled offensively.

April 27th, 2012 - The Last Word
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Bystrom has been extremely impressive at the international level for Sweden. He was a key component of Sweden’s 2011 Ivan Hlinka Team which won the Silver Medal, the 2012 Five Nations Team which won Gold, and the 2012 IIHF Under 18 World Championship Team which won silver. He has also gained valuable experience playing against men in 20 games for Modo in the Swedish Elitserien.

Bystrom has a ton of offensive potential. He is a very good skater, extremely agile and mobile. Bystrom has good work on his edges, excellent pivots and changes of direction, and very good balance. His top speed is above average. Bystrom is a good stickhandler and a creative player in the offensive zone, and when joining the rush. He is a great passer with excellent vision, and is very good at distributing the puck, especially on the PP. One criticism is that we don’t think Bystrom shoots the puck enough. He is always looking to pass and this limits his effectiveness to a certain extent as opponents have realized that this is his game. Even when he does shoot, he will need some time to develop a harder slapshot.

Defensively Bystrom plays a game that relies on stick-checking opponents and using his great skating to stay in the right position in order to stop opponents. While Bystrom doesn’t shy away from physical contact initiated by opponents, he’s not known as a big hitter. When we first saw Bystrom at the 2011 Hlinka Tournament we noticed that he had a tendency to chase the puck too much and take himself out of position. However, our more recent viewings at the Under-18 World Championship indicate a player who has learned to play a very sound positional game, and has developped his defensive hockey sense and instincts. His quick skating and good passing also help him defensively, as he gets to loose pucks and quickly starts the transition game, removing the puck from his own zone.

Bystrom has progressed a lot this year, however he is still a bit of a work in progress. We do think he has a very high ceiling though, and we feel he could develop into a player similar to Tomas Kaberle currently of the Montreal Canadiens. We note that this projection is more of what Kaberle looked like in his prime with the Toronto Maple Leafs, than it is Kaberle today.
May 16th, 2010 - Ranked 20th by Corey Pronman:
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20. Ludvig Bystrom, Defense, MODO-SEL

Bystrom is a pretty advanced puck-moving defenseman who earned very limited minutes in the SEL this year but really showed his potential to log significant two-way time during international events. His hockey sense is pretty high-end and is evident when you watch him play as he makes so many simple, smart plays consistently all over the ice while displaying a flashy element to his game as well. Bystrom is an effective defender who uses his stick well, is always in the right position, and works hard in the physical element of the game. He isn't that effective in the latter, as he's a little short for a defenseman and really lacks strength, and he looks like he will be around replacement level in the physical game in the NHL. Bystrom is at his best when he has the puck, as he is so poised and instinctive. He has a very low panic threshold and really knows how to evade checkers, find his outlets through tight steams, and if he has a short window to make a play, he normally is able to execute. He does have good puck skills as well and some creativity from the point, but those elements of his game aren't truly dangerous. As mentioned previously, his offensive value is derived from his sense. Bystrom is a fine skater who moves around well for a defenseman and he can join the rush with moderate effectiveness with good bursts of acceleration.
June 8th, 2012 - New England Hockey Journal:
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Byström has good size at 6-foot-1 and about 200 pounds and is pretty mobile, with the ability to advance the puck. His real strengths lie in his skill at getting back quickly to retrieve the puck and then transition back on offense. A crisp passer, Byström also shows the patience and poise that all effective puck-movers possess.

A blueliner with MoDo’s J20 and senior teams, Byström has enough of an upside (29 points in 34 J20 games) to warrant a close look in the opening round. Although he isn’t flashy, he’s smart and effective in all zones.

Unfortunately for Byström, his season may have peaked over the summer, when he was one of the best players in the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Slovakia. He struggles at times to play effective positional defense and needs to guard against trying to do too much.

“I really liked him last August and I give him credit for making the elite league roster,” said an NHL scout with an Eastern Conference team. “He was just okay for me during the season, but I think when you look at his smooth skating and complete body of work, he could turn out to be a solid No. 2 or 3 someday."
June 15th, 2012 - The Next Ones
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David Burstyn (McKeen’s Hockey):
“Byström split time with the Junior team and the Elitserien team in MODO. As a junior he was one of the better players in the league and amongst his peer group he was a fixture on each of Sweden’s International tournaments this year. Byström played sparingly in MODO (SEL) and was used more as an injury call up than that of a regular player. His strengths lie in his ability to play a calm game with the puck and not hurry his decisions. He has an exceptional first pass and does an outstanding job of disguising his movements to throw off the opposition. Byström has a fluid and graceful skating stride and a quick first step that allows him to easily jump into the play. He is capable of manning a PP but his shot is not over powering rather it is his puck distribution skills that makes him a threat to manufacture offence. Byström shows some confidence in the physical aspect of the game in defensive situations but needs to be more assertive in terms of positioning and maintaining his gap control. Byström‘s calculated style of play has value at the NHL level.”
Uffe Bodin, HockeySverige.se:

“Ludvig Byström is a smooth-skating d-man who is a good problem solver and has good smarts with the puck. He can deliver really good outlet passes tape to tape. I watched him a few times in the SEL, where he was dressed about 20 games this season. I was impressed with the poise he showed at the big stage in Sweden. He played a more mature game against men than he did against players of his own age. When I’ve seen him with MODO’s junior team, I’ve felt he has tried to do too much at times, which led to some mistakes in his own end.”


Radoslav Vavřina (Blogger/Reporter, hcbilitygri.cz):

“If you are looking for someone who might become the next Erik Karlsson, Byström is the player for you. You might be able to get him as deep as in the third round, because (I hate to say it) he was a dud at the last U-18 WJC. Even though he didn’t post the best numbers at the event, his presence was still the key for Swedish easy-to-penetrate-through defence, but I’d say all the NHL scouts will note that he didn’t show his potential the way everyone expected. Hopefully for fans of Swedish hockey, it was just a short slump from which he’ll quickly bounce back. Why? Because he’s been stellar in the Swedish junior league.”


ETA: 2-3 Years

NHL Potential: Top-pair defenceman; powerplay quarterback

Strengths:
  • Puck-moving ability.
  • Calm demeanour.
  • Willing to get involved physically.

Flaws/Aspects in Need of Improvement:
  • Needs to not try to do everything himself.
  • Propensity to be caught in own end.
  • Slapshot needs to get harder.
With the 54th overall pick, from Prince Albert in the WHL, Dallas selects Mike Winther.



Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 172.26 lbs.
Wing Span: 72"
Shoots: Left
Position: Center
Birthday: January 9th, 1994
2011-12: 71GP - 32G - 24A - 56PTS - 59PIM - (-9)
WJC-18: 7GP - 1G - 1A - 2PTS - 4PIM - (0)

Central Scouting:
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"He's sneaky-good," Central Scouting's Peter Sullivan told NHL.com. "He's very deceptive with his skating. Not breakaway speed, but enough speed to get in and out of trouble in close quarters. … Mike has great on-ice awareness. He knows where guys are before they even get there. He does the little things that aren't in the book and you can't explain; you just have to see it for yourself."
Prince Albert Head Coach:
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"Coming up as a bantam … he could put up good numbers, but his confidence grew as he learned he could play without the puck," Prince Albert coach Steve Young told NHL.com. "A lot of those kids come up [to the WHL] and they've had a lot of success at the bantam level with the puck. He was willing to make that adjustment. There was some pressure, but some constant words to him to make sure he developed his game that way."

It was a slow adjustment, especially early in the season. However, Young knew Winther had enough talent and hockey sense to figure things out, and said the breakthrough came during an October trip through the U.S.

"We were in games that were close hockey games," Young said. "There's times in close hockey games that you have to adjust from being all offense to helping out on defense. He figured out, 'I could do those things.' From then on he got more comfortable and more confident."

The results soon followed. He had 11 goals in 11 games in December, and 14 points in 10 games in January.

"He found himself with the puck more because of his play without the puck," Young said. "He was in situations to get pucks. It did snowball and got him more chances offensively."

Young believes the slow start to the season was just what Winther needed, and now that he's had success playing the right way, he sees it as just the beginning of what the young center is capable of.

"We believe there's more coming that way," Young said. "He definitely showed the kind of player he can and has to be to make that next step."
Ranked 44th in Bob McKenzie's Final Rankings
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Mike may be that proverbial Jack of all trades and it is only meant as a compliment. He's an excellent skater with speed and quickness and because of it, he is able to make an impact in so many different areas. Offensively, he creates a lot of open ice for himself and he is very capable of beating defenders 1-1, getting chances and scoring. Defensively, he is adept at taking away your time and space and forcing you into rushed plays and mistakes. He is particularly effective killing penalties because he can be disruptive and is a threat to score. He can play center or wing and has a really good sense of how to play and how to play to his strengths. He can make plays and is not a player who finds himself watching as he is ready to be in the next play and if an opponent doesn't mark him, he will find a way to be productive. He has a lot of physical maturity ahead of him and with added strength, he will be a very difficult player to handle as it will only add to his arsenal.
May 3rd, 2012 - The Next Ones:
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He tallied an eye-opening 16 power play goals, good for 10th overall in the WHL and first overall among draft-eligible WHL players. More incredibly though, Prince Albert had one of the WHL’s worst power plays, ranking 18th out of 22, and Winther’s 16 PPG accounted for an astonishing 30 percent of the Raiders’ entire power play production (54/279). He definitely has a knack for drifting into the open abyss behind defenders, finding open spaces, and finishing plays with a lightning release before the opposition can even begin to react.

His special teams prowess was not isolated to the man advantage; Winther spent a lot of time on the PK this season, and even tallied four shorties to go with four game-winning goals.

Scout’s Honor:

At the NHL scouting combine, Winther displayed some serious upper body strength, placing first among all invitees in the number of reps he could achieve bench pressing 150 lbs (17), and in the ratio of lbs/lbs body weight (14.8) for the bench press.

“Mike has great speed and offensive instincts. He is a solid two-way player who is reliable in his own zone and in all situations.”

— Prince Albert Head Coach Steve Young.

“Winther is the kind of competitor that every coach loves to have. With an excellent shot, second to-none work ethic, and excellent two-way play, Winther certainly has all of the tools to be a very strong player at the next level … [He] plays a fearless kind of game as he goes into the hard areas and competes with players much larger than him. As the season has worn on, he has seemingly only gotten better and been a shining star on a generally poor team.”

— The Scouting Report: 2012 Midterm Rankings.

“To go along with his game breaking speed, he’s got great puck skills and an excellent release on his shot. He’s showing more improvement in his decision making, hockey smarts and play away from the puck, but those are all areas of his game that he still needs to work on.”

— Cody Nickolet, WHL From Above.

“I really like how he is a very smart player in the offensive zone and is always on the right side of the puck around the net. He also has a very quick release, his skating is very good, and he is hard to knock off the puck when he gains control.”

– Rick Jackson, Central Scouting.

“[He] has pretty solid hockey sense from an instinctual and vision standpoint. His positional play is fine, and while he can make plays he shows a bit of a sniper’s instincts in terms of finding open space in the high percentage areas … He combined that with a solid shot and can finish from outside the blue paint.”

– Corey Pronman, Hockey Prospectus.

“Winther is more of a perimeter player that likes to strike with a quick shot. He gets into a good shooting position and quickly snaps them home when given the opportunity. He needs to improve his play along the boards and be a more physical presence to be a more effective player.”

— Charles An, HockeyProspect.com.

ETA: 5 years

NHL Potential: If a growth spurt is in the future he could be a true power forward. According to more than one scout, his skill set is best on display around other skilled players so it remains to be seen what he can accomplish surrounded by a stronger team.

Strengths:
  • Solid penalty killer
  • Two-way game
  • Quick release
  • Fast, excellent skater
  • Good hands
  • Excels at finding open spaces
  • Gritty, dedicated physical game despite smaller size

Flaws/Aspects He Needs To Work On:
  • Sometimes too easily knocked off the puck
  • Size; geared up he looks even smaller than he is

NHL Player(s) Comparison: The Scouting Report’s Daniel Lizee says Todd Marchant. Winther himself says he tries to model his game on former Prince Albert Raider Mike Modano. The two players aren’t quite as far apart as they might seem.
May 24th, 2012 - Ranked 45th by Corey Pronman:
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45. Mike Winther, Center, Prince Albert-WHL

Winther had a fine year in Prince Albert and the small center shows a good all-around game but with no true plus skill. He's a pretty good skater with quick feet off the line who accelerates well and gets to an above-average top speed. Winther doesn't carry much weight and it's clear when you see him move as he glides pretty freely up the ice. He's skilled with the puck and gets regular praise within the industry for his creativity and ability to make plays either one-on-one or as a creative distributor. Winther has pretty solid hockey sense from an instinctual and vision standpoint. His positional play is fine, and while he can make plays, he shows a bit of a sniper's instincts in terms of finding open space in the high percentage areas. He combined that with a solid shot and can finish from outside the blue paint. Winther also plays fine defense according to several scouts, but I have few notes on him in that regard. While Winther does play with energy and isn't a perimeter player, his physical game will be his biggest liability due to his size/strength combo.
May 30th, 2012 - The Last Word:
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Winther spent the majority of the season at left wing on the Raiders top line, however he is also capable of playing centre and has been used in that capacity in the past.

The first thing that stands out about Winther is his excellent skating ability. His skating is so, so smooth. He has very good first steps, quick acceleration, and great top end speed. His agility and edgework is also excellent, as he makes quick movements, and changes directions effortlessly. Winther’s skating is in the very top echelon of this draft class, and while he may not be Morgan Rielly or Andreas Athanasiou, he is in the top 5 or 10 pure skaters in this draft class.

Offensively Winther has high end hockey IQ. He finds open areas in the offensive zone and exploits them, finding good areas from which to unleash his hard, accurate shot. Winther has a good release that is often able to catch goalies off guard. He is better suited to be a goal scorer than a passer, as he has a shoot first mentality. He was at his deadliest on the PP, scoring 16 of his goals that way, the extra open space on the ice allowing him to find those open spots. His vision is also not at the best level and for this reason his future may be better suited at left wing than centre. Despite his size Winther is offensively engaged, fighting hard down low for pucks and getting to the front of the net, however he will need to add strength to be truly effective. At 5’11″ he’s not huge, but not overly short either. However his 170 lb frame is a concern.

Winther has really excelled in his defensive assignments for Prince Albert. He has become a top penalty killer and a guy used against other team’s top lines at even strength. Despite getting these tough matchups, and playing on a rebuilding club, Winther was only -9 on the season, which is a testament to how well he performed. In the defensive zone his strong positioning and quick stick and feet create a lot of turnovers and allow Winther to quickly transition from defence to offence.

Winther projects as a potential 2nd or 3rd line forward, who has versatility to play multiple positions, can play the PP and kills penalties. He could become an important player coaches rely on in any situation. We’d place his maximum potential to become a player similar to Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks.


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With the 61st overall pick, from Whitby in the OJHL, Dallas selects Devin Shore.



Height: 6' 0.25"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Wing Span: 76"
Shoots: L
Position: Center
Birthday: July 19th, 1994
2011-12: 41GP - 29G - 29A - 58PTS - 26PIM
Playoffs: 23GP - 7G - 25A - 32PTS - 10PIM

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“He is a creative, crafty offensive player,” said Jackson. “He has some development needs. He’ll need to work on his foot speed and things like that, but he has real good hand skills and a real good mind. He’s dangerous offensively. He has a pretty unique offensive mind.”
Ranked 57th in Bob McKenzie's Final Rankings:
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Devin is a solid all-around player who is concerned with one thing - What can I do to help the team win. Incredibly unselfish, when it comes to the critical times in the game, Devin will take the 'bull by the horns' and do whatever is in the best interests of the team. His skating base is good and with improved strength, it will help his speed and help him be that much more difficult to keep in check. He has good quickness and agility and he's able to change pace and make it difficult for defenders to gauge his pace. His sense is excellent and he knows how to play the entire square footage of the rink and how to contribute in every situation. He plays at the critical times and he is a learn and adjust player so he gains valuable experience during the game that can help him later. He is a strong competitor and is not going to allow himself to be denied or deterred form the task at hand. He makes those around him better and is capable of changing the direction of the game to his team's favour because of having his finger on the pulse and believing he can deliver.
June 17th, 2012 - The Next Ones:
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In 41 games this past season with the Fury, this dominating power forward with fantastic stickhandling skills and brilliant passing abilities notched 29-29-58, including 9 goals and 17 assists on the power play. A prolific point-producer, Shore enjoyed 17 multi-point games and a 14-game scoring streak. He was named the Gongshow Gear South-East Conference Player-of-the-Month in January after a torrid stretch in which he scored 25 points in just12 games.

In Whitby’s sensational playoff run, Devin tallied 7-25-32 in 23 games as the Fury fell 4 games to 2 to the Stouffville Spirit in the OJHL Finals.

Although Shore gets knocked for not being the most aggressive player on the back-check, he played significant minutes on the team’s fourth-ranked penalty-kill and even chipped in a pair of shorties.

Scout’s Honor:

“Devin has been outstanding for our hockey club all season long. He is a very hard working player, who brings the same work ethic each night and is very good in both ends of the ice.”

- Whitby Fury Head Coach Curtis Hodgins.

“Devin Shore is a smart playmaker with good offensive instincts. He sees the ice well and has a quick read and react game. Not only does he create scoring chances, but he’s a proven goal scorer.”

- Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting.

“… [He's] a very slick puckhandler who beats defenders 1-on-1 despite his lack of foot speed, and is also a highly imaginative playmaker who sees the ice beautifully and can make touch passes through traffic off both sides of the blade.”

- Kyle Woodrief, Red Line Report.
“Developing scorer with patience, dangle, and good hands. Goes to the front, and reads the attack well. He doesn’t have a great first step but his long stride is able to be seen once he is moving.”
- Bill Placzek, Draftsite.

“An offensive-minded forward … [Shore] is an extremely smart player, knows where to go in the offensive zone and has the ability to anticipate the play two to three plays in the future.”

— Sean Lafortune.

ETA: 5 years

NHL Potential: Top 6 forward and key member of a first-unit power play.

Strengths:
  • Hockey sense; on the attack, this kid is plain dangerous
  • Playmaking; wherever he plays, he makes goal scorers out of his teammates
  • Power-Play prowess; Shore had a hand in 26 (9-17) of Whitby’s 52 power-play goals
  • Positional game; called “nearly flawless” by one scouting outfit

Flaws/Aspects He Needs To Work On:
  • Two way game. Five on five, Shore enthusiastically embraces the offensive zone. The defensive zone … not so much.
  • Skating. Not as fast as he needs to be at the next level.
With the 74th overall pick, from Jokerit in Finland, Dallas selects Esa Lindell.



Height: 6'3"
Weight: 187 lbs.
Wing Span: 74.75"
Shoots: L
Position: Defense
Birthday: May 23rd, 1994
Jokerit U20: 48GP - 21G - 30A - 51PTS - 16PIM (+24)
Playoffs: 11GP - 2G - 5A - 7PTS - 6PIM - (+1)
Kiekko-Vantaa/Finland2: 2GP - 0G - 0A - 0PTS - 0PIM - (+1)
WJC-18: 7GP - 0G - 6A - 6PTS - 2PIM - (+4)

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“Physically he is very raw. He’s smart with the puck skills and has a little bite,” said Takko. “The physical part of the game is the big area for him. If he is able to add muscle and strength, his skating will get better. His skating is not bad, but it’s a little wobbly. When he gets stronger he is going to be fine.

“He was sliding in the draft. If he had played the same way in the second half the way he played in the first half, he would have been a higher pick and gone by the third round. But he was tiring out, and that’s what I was saying about the physical part. So, that’s what he has to get better at.”
May 31st, 2012 - Ranked 74th by Corey Pronman:
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74. Esa Lindell, Defense, Jokerit- Jr.A SM-Liiga

Lindell had a pretty successful year. While he didn't get to in the SM-Liiga, he impressively led his junior team in scoring as a defenseman. I wouldn't say Lindell is an overly impressive player from a skating or puck skills department who will wow you with skill, but he's a very smart, cerebral defender who makes a lot of good plays. He's average with the puck, but is coordinated enough to move it around fine. Lindell is patient with the puck under pressure, tends to always make the right read, and has the offensive instincts to join or lead the rush when he senses an opportunity. I don't see him as a guy who can blow down the wing but he has average speed, maybe a small tick below. Lindell has an average sized frame as well, although he needs to put on some muscle on it and I would not classify him as a physical player really. Despite his numbers this year, if you take Lindell, you're not taking this big offensive sleeper, but rather a good well-rounded type who could be a nice depth pick in the early mid-rounds.
With the 104th overall pick, from Owen Sound in the OHL, Dallas selects Gemel Smith.



Height: 5' 10.25"
Weight: 164.3 lbs.
Wing Span: 73.5"
Shoots: Left
Position: Center
Birthday: April 16th, 1994
2011-12: 68GP - 21G - 39A - 60PTS - 51PIM - (+9)
Playoffs: 5GP - 1G - 2A - 3PTS - 10PIM - (+1)
WJC-18: 7GP - 2G - 3A - 5PTS - 2PIM - (-1)

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“People think he is small, but he plays a real spirited offensive game,” said Jackson. “He’s slippery, crafty. He plays with a lot of passion. I suspect he is going to find a way to make it hard on our team down the road to keep him off. He just plays a real determined game, and he’s talented.”
May 24th, 2012 - Ranked 47th by Corey Pronman:
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47. Gemel Smith, Center, Owen Sound-OHL

The best way to describe Smith is as one Head Scout calls him, "A ball of energy who just flies all over the place." He has tremendous intangibles coupled with above-average if not better speed; considering his low muscle mass, he's the kind of forward who literally jets up and down the ice every shift. He's a tenacious forechecker who pressures the defense very well and regularly forces bad decisions with how quickly he closes in on the puck off shoot-ins to the zone. Smith also works equally hard on the backcheck, and despite his size projects to be a fine defensive forward. He's not an all-energy player, though, as he has a decent combo of puck skills and vision to make plays by himself or for his teammates. He's more the kind of player who can handle the puck well in tight spaces and make nice one-touches as opposed to a dangerous puck controller. Smith doesn't just chuck the puck at the net when he gets it, though, as he has some vision and instincts to make plays, and his overall hockey sense is pretty impressive.
June 7th, 2012 - The Last Word:
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Smith is an outstanding skater. His top end speed is excellent, as seen by the results at the top prospects game. He possesses good acceleration, getting to top speed quickly and efficiently. Smith displays very good agility and great edgework leading to quick tight turns and changes of direction. He uses his superior skating to beat defenders wide on the rush, and create scoring chances. He also has very good balance and is strong on his skates given his size, something that is extremely important for a player as undersized as Smith is.

Offensively Smith’s speed is his biggest weapon, but certainly not his only one. He has a high hockey IQ and an ability to find open spaces in the offensive zone. A good playmaker, Smith has high level vision, and an ability to thread passes through tight spots and onto the tape of his teammates. Smith also has an accurate shot, with a good release, however Smith could stand to add more strength, and increase the velocity of said shot. Smith is a tireless worker in the offensive zone. Despite his lack of size, he is always in the middle of the action, be it along the boards or in front of the net. Smith is an agitating player despite his size and is able to get under the skin of his opponents. Smith can be overpowered at times, but the kid has no quit as you’ll see him right back in the middle of the action on his very next shift.

Smith works hard in the defensive zone, but this is where his lack of size is a real disadvantage. He does have good positioning skills and is a relentless backchecker. He pressures the puck well and can cause turnovers which he can quickly transition into offense. He engages opponents physically and is willing to battle along the boards, but he can be overmatched and overpowered by bigger, stronger opponents. This is particularly true when playing down low in his own end of the rink. Smith certainly could stand to add some muscle and bulk up before reaching the next level, as much as he can on his small frame. Smith might also be helped by a transition from centre to wing going forward.

Smith will need to continue to work hard to overcome the disadvantage of his limited size, however that is something he’s been doing his whole life. We would compare Smith’s potential to be a player who could be a cross between Nathan Gerbe of the Buffalo Sabres, and Brian Gionta of the Montreal Canadiens.
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Wind him up and let him go. Gemel Smith is like the energizer bunny. He plays with tons of energy and is an aggressive player in all three zones. His best asset is his high end speed and acceleration. He won the fastest skater event at the Top Prospect's Game, and this would have surprised no one who sees him play regularly. He uses his speed to create turnovers on the forecheck, to take the puck hard to the net, and to crash the crease for loose pucks. While Smith is undersized, he's also a very effective player along the boards because of how he keeps his feet moving. He simply outhustles the opposition instead of outmuscling them. He also uses that explosive acceleration to separate himself from the opposition and can be especially effective coming away from the boards. Smith's vision and playmaking ability is also underrated. While he creates a lot of offense from his hustle, he is also intelligent and patient with the puck and is a very good passer. I love how versatile he is as a player. He stepped right into a shutdown defensive type role at the Under 18's and looked solid. The key to his progression will be added strength. As he gets stronger, he'll be even more effective offensively, especially in taking the puck to the net. Added strength will also improve his shot and make him more of a goal scoring threat coming down the wing. Like any guy hovering around that 5'10/5'11 mark, he's going to face questions about his durability moving forward to the NHL level. This is especially true considering the style of play he utilizes.


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With the 134th overall pick, from Seattle in the WHL, Dallas selects Branden Troock.



Height: 6' 2.75"
Weight: 194 lbs.
Wing Span: 74"
Shoots: R
Position: RW
Birthday: March 3rd, 1994
2011-12: 58GP - 14G - 12A - 26PTS - 83PIM - (-16)
WJC-18: 7GP - 0G - 1A - 1PTS - 10PIM - (-1)


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He’s a talented kid and I suspect this year he’ll take a step forward,” said Jackson. “He’s a big kid with really good hands and skills. Good skater with the puck, he’s slippery. There are some good raw qualities there that will help him get to the next level. He’s a pretty intriguing player.”
November 15th, 2011 - This article details the events leading to his recovery from a nerve issue that mimicked a concussion costing him an entire season. I'm posting the scouting report from the article:
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An NHL scout agrees.

"I'd be surprised if all 30 teams weren't looking at him," said the scout, who requested anonymity. "He has size, skill, hockey sense and an instinct to score, but he also has a lot of catching up to do. There are inconsistencies because of not playing. As long as the effort, the grit and determination to battle and compete are there, he should develop."
June 11th, 2012 - The Last Word:
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Troock is a very good skater for his size. He has good acceleration and very good top end speed. Troock has good use of his edges and has good agility, both of which help him to be able to make quick, tight turns and pivots. Troock has extremely good balance and is very strong on his skates; which makes him extremely difficult to knock off the puck.

Troock uses that good skating ability to its full advantage in the offensive end of the rink. Off the rush he loves to take the puck wide on a defender and then cut to and drive the net hard looking for an offensive chance. On the forecheck he is punishing, using his size and speed to make defenders think they’ve been hit by a truck. He uses his size and strength to win board battles and to get to the front of the net. Troock has a hard, accurate shot, with a decent but not great release. Troock’s hockey sense and decision making were poor at the start of the season, however these have really come around with more playing time and as Troock has found his groove. His second half of the season was much better than the first half of the year. His vision and playmaking skills are a weakness however as we’d say they are below average when looking at the forwards we’ve ranked to date.

Troock is adequate defensively, but is continuing to improve. Early in the year his defensive positioning and ability to read and react to plays was really behind. However as he got more and more games under his belt these aspects of his game really improved to the point where he is no a decent defender. His strength and ability to win board battles is of great use in the defensive zone, as is his willingness to throw his weight around. Overall continued improvement defensively is required, but Troock has really shown that it is something that is getting better all the time.

As we said earlier, Troock is a bit of a project, however we have seen all aspects of his game improve throughout the year with more and more playing time. We believe his max potential is to become a player similar to Ryan Malone of the Tampa Bay Lightning. However there is risk here due to the long layoff, and without the scoring touch developping he might end up as a third liner. Of course there is also the risk that the missed development time will be too much to overcome, or that his injuries will reoccur causing him to bust out completely. For these reasons Troock is a serious boom or bust candidate ans has been downgraded in our ranks accordingly.
With the 134th overall pick, from KalPa in Finland, Dallas selects Henri Kiviaho.


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“Good size, quick feet. He stole the No. 1 job around Christmas and after that he was very good the second half,” said Takko. “I was so happy that he didn’t make any of those national tournaments, so he was a dark horse for the draft for us in Europe because there was not a lot of coverage of him.”
With the 183rd overall pick, from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Dallas selects Dmitry Sinitsyn.



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“He’s a big kid with some really good puck skills and has a good feel for the offensive part of the game,” said Jackson. “I think that his going to school for four years is a good match for him because he’ll get tested there against older players. That will be a good developmental step for him. He’s a bright kid and I think that is a great spot for him.”
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Dima Sinitsyn

Team: Dallas Stars Midget Minor AAA

Position: Forward

Birthdate: 1994

Overall Player Rating: A-

Skating ability: Above average

Shooting ability: Above average

Passing ability: Above average

Weakness: Takes untimely penalties

Intangibles: All purpose forward with special team ability

Stats: Through ten games this season for the Stars, Sinitsyn has three goals, four assists and eight penalty minutes.

Career potential: Sinitsym has it all. He skates extremely well, makes smart passes, has a very accurate shot and has the size to dominate at this level. While the Moscow native does hurt his team with costly penalties at times, he more than makes up fir it with his offensive skills as well as his back checking ability in his own end. With another year or two of seasoning, Sinitsym will be a major force at the Junior level.
January 16th, 2012:
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January 16, 2012

The River Hawks have snapped up a highly-touted 17-year-old Russian defenseman who will become the youngest player in Division I hockey when he plays his first Hockey East game.

Dima Sinitsyn, a 6-2, 190-pound — “He’s actually a little bigger than that,” said coach Norm Bazin — NHL prospect with strong offensive skills, began practicing with the River Hawks after enrolling at UMass Lowell earlier today. As soon as Bazin thinks Sinitsyn is ready to play in a league where many players are six and seven years older than he is, he’ll be inserted into the 14th-ranked River Hawks’ lineup.

“Hopefully it’s this year,” Bazin said. “Right now he looks like a kid who had been traveling for 18 hours to get here. We have to give him some time to get acclimated.”

Sinitsyn had been home in Moscow since playing his last game for the Dallas, Texas, Under-16 Team last March in a national midget tournament. Sinitsyn led his midget team in scoring with 11 goals and 31 points in 36 games. Bazin’s assistants, Jason Lammers and Cam Ellsworth, both scouted him while he was playing midget hockey in the Lone Star State “and have an understanding of what he is,” Bazin said.

According to the United States Hockey Report, Sinitsyn was selected in the U.S. Hockey League draft by the Green Bay Gamblers last spring. But the Gamblers were over the league limit for foreign junior players and traded his rights to the Sioux Falls Stampede. But Sinitsyn’s student visa had expired after he graduated from high school in Dallas, and he was unable to obtain another one.

Bazin and his staff spent the last couple of months trying to arrange a visa for him, and they finally did.

“I’ve had experience with recruits from France, Norway, and Sweden,” Bazin said. “But this is the first time we’ve tried dealing with Russia, and I never knew it could be this difficult.”

Getting Sinitsyn is believed to be a recruiting coup for UMass Lowell. Had Bazin and his staff not done the work to get him into school now, the River Hawks likely would have lost him to a more high-powered Division I school. An NHL scout told the United States Hockey Report that Sinitsyn is likely to be selected in the NHL draft in June.

“We want to be aggressive in our recruiting efforts,” said the first-year UML coach, “and when you see someone who fits your blueprint for the future you have to go after him.”

Sinitsyn’s mother teaches English in Russia and she wanted him to attend college in the U.S.

“He’s trilingual, articulate, intelligent, and a wonderful student,” Bazin said.

And, apparently, one heckuva hockey player.
January 18th, 2012:
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by Scott McLaughlin/CHN Writer

Adding players midseason is rare in and of itself. Adding 17-year-old Russians who haven't played since last March is unheard of. But that's exactly what Massachusetts-Lowell did this week, as the team announced on Tuesday that it has added 6-foot-2 defenseman Dima Sinitsyn to its roster.

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It took longer than Bazin anticipated, but Sinitsyn's visa was finally approved over the weekend, and he was on an 18-hour flight to Boston a short time later. Sinitsyn, whom Bazin described as "an offensive type of defenseman," arrived on Lowell's campus Monday and practiced with the team for the first time that same day.

Of course, no one is expecting Sinitsyn's transition to be easy. Division-I hockey is a big step up from midget minors, especially for someone whom Bazin said is still filling out his frame.

"It's certainly a challenge," Bazin said. "It's going to be a work in progress. He's a young boy who's going to have to learn our systems and watch some games to get a feel for things. And obviously he'll need to get acclimated to a new culture and start a new school. So there's a lot of different hurdles he's going to have to get through, but we're confident he'll be able to overcome them."

That difficult transition raises questions about why Sinitsyn was brought in now rather than after the season, when there would be more time for him to get settled. Bazin said they wanted to get him on campus now, though, so he could start the transition as soon as possible.

Bazin said it's much too early to set any sort or timetable for Sinitsyn's first game action. He'll only play once Bazin and his staff feel he's up to speed and ready to help the team win. If that isn't before the end of the season, Bazin said redshirting Sinitsyn would be an option so he doesn't lose a year of eligibility.

"I hope he can compete for playing time by the end of this season, but that's yet to be determined," Bazin said. "It really depends how he makes the jump and what his learning curve is. I won't rush him into anything. We feel he's going to be a big part of our future, and that's the way we want to attack it for now."
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It took only two practices for UML goaltender Doug Carr to announce that Sinitsyn already as the best shot on the team. Sinitsyn said Carr hasn't seen anything yet.

"I didn't get my sticks yet, so I have to use somebody else's. They're too wimpy," he said. "The part of hockey I care about most is my shot. I can't shoot now, and it frustrates me."


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I know! You read the reports and the mocks for months and then something like this comes out of nowhere!

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If you want to know who Dallas will not pick, I did some pre-draft work. I already have some scouting reports on: Zemgus Girgensons, Brendan Gaunce, Teuvo Teravainen (before he blew up), Sebastian Collberg, Radek Faksa, and Cody Ceci.

Therefore Dallas will draft Grigorenko .... .... or more likely Lindholm, Pouliot, or Maatta.

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Could we draft Scott Glennie again? It could be like renewing vows.

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If you want to know who Dallas will not pick, I did some pre-draft work. I already have some scouting reports on: Zemgus Girgensons, Brendan Gaunce, Teuvo Teravainen (before he blew up), Sebastian Collberg, Radek Faksa, and Cody Ceci.

Therefore Dallas will draft Grigorenko .... .... or more likely Lindholm, Pouliot, or Maatta.

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At the rate that we blow our first round picks, I fully expect us to draft Chase Hatcher with our 13th overall.

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Great first pick. Guy has the size needed to compete with other top end centers.

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I've added a bunch of stuff. Post anything interesting you find and I'll post it.

I'm probably going to take a break until morning on digging. Really didn't think he'd be here at 13th.

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You've got to love this pick. Talent and character.

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If he reaches his realistic potential he will really solidify things in the top 6 for a number of years. I doubt the stats will ever blow anybody away but he seems like the kind of player who every fan of that team loves and who is under-appreciated by the rest of the league's fans; a guy who helps teams win.

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If he reaches his realistic potential he will really solidify things in the top 6 for a number of years. I doubt the stats will ever blow anybody away but he seems like the kind of player who every fan of that team loves and who is under-appreciated by the rest of the league's fans; a guy who helps teams win.
Sounds like he'll fit right in.

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Not really sure where to put this thought but everything written about him says that he's NHL ready in some ways, especially defensively. I'm not really asking if you guys think it's the right thing to do but do you think the Stars may view him as an immediate player in terms of covering the hole left by Ribeiro?

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If I had seen that Youtube video on him pre-draft I would have been pulling so much harder that we got him than I already was. Awesome stuff.

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Not really sure where to put this thought but everything written about him says that he's NHL ready in some ways, especially defensively. I'm not really asking if you guys think it's the right thing to do but do you think the Stars may view him as an immediate player in terms of covering the hole left by Ribeiro?
i hope not. To me that wastes a year of prime playing years before ufa age for no reason. Plus if you look at the kid he is pretty damn scrawny.

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