There are some prospects who are doing far better than Honzik.
Josh Leivo (Corrado teammate)
Jordan Binnington (Goalie)
All guys having positive contributions on their teams and half of them just played in the WHL/OHL select games.
I guess I came off as saying he was still a good pick, I was just stating that there wasn't a can't miss pick in that round. Those guys are good but I don't think many are going to do much in the NHL (just like Honzik).
Re McNally's game against Cornell on Friday, from the USCHO fan board Harvard forum:
"Of all our D, I thought McNally played the best overall game. Yes he had some giveaways but he was all over the ice and in the offensive zone, he wasn't afraid to take chances especially on our first goal. If he can continue to play that way, he'll develop into a Top 4 D. Biega ate minutes and was very good in his own end but McNally just seemed to have an extra jump in his step last night."
McNally seems to be paired with freshman Desmond Bergin this year, instead of All-American senior captain Danny Biega. This is based on a report from one game only, so it may be incorrect or only temporary. Plus-three with 1 assist against Cornell; 3 points in 6 games this year. Possibly the change of partners has affected his scoring a bit, although most of his points last year came on the PP.
If you are trying to figure out his playing time/line selection as if he were playing in North America then we'll all be really frustrated. The SEL has a seniority mentality were even while playing really well seeing a rookie get even more than 3 mins of ice time is really good. I don't understand it fully but guys with more experience will always get pushed up to the top lines even if there play doesn't deserve it. Jensen is not really being outplayed by anyone on his team, he's just a rookie therefor he gets demoted. That's all there really is to it.
Yeah, playing time doesn't seem to reflect the actual quality of play of the young players. Collberg barely gets any icetime despite having a very good talent level.
Ben Hutton is off to a pretty good start - 1g, 3a in his first 11 games with U. of Maine.
As for McEneny, how much of an offensive defenceman is he when he hasn't scored a goal in over 2 years? Certainly his combination of skating, IQ and good passing is promising enough, but is he really just a slightly more offensively-instinctual version of Tanev but also without a good shot from the point?