Im not Sabres fan at all. But you guys got a kid named Kaleta #27 for the Petes, he is by far the best hitter in the OHL, his hits are unreal, I feel bad for some of the kids he has hit.WOW, Pretty skiled player aswell a first liner for a great Peterborough team.
how does he fight? i met a girl in college who went to highschool with him. does not like hockey though
He's not known to drop the mitts to often, seen him a few times, not a heavy weight, he can hold is own though, he draws 10 times more penaltys then he gets, he's the kinda guy u want on your team but dont want to play against, fan favourite thats for sure
Kaleta, clearly the OHL's most hated player (but still highly respected), has lately been laying his best hits since he busted Klapkowski's back last year. Stewart was giving the stick to a few Petes last night, and Kaleta took him on to both let him know that it isn't cool to do that crap, and to also take the Fronts best guy off the ice for five. This kid is a hard-working, pure body checker who certainly has a future. Barnaby with less fist-tossing and more heart, Peca with less O but equal hitting prowess. Ken should really look at having him crack the next Sabres Top 20 on the main site.
The only short-coming so far is his offensive production. He has improved a lot over last year statistically, but hasn't reached the output of Barnaby and Peca at the same age. That might not stop him from making the NHL, but it could mean he doesn't have NHL-offensive skills and could be a guy with 15 points, not 40-50.
What do you guys feel Kaleta's potential is? Or will he likely not make the NHL?
I think he could make a decent sparkplug at some point. His offensive upside is limited, but he could easily be a Tyson Nash/Steve Webb type. He's a fantastic agitator, and knows how to walk the line between legal/illegal. I mean, he's a very dirty player, that you hate playing against, but love to have. For a mid round pick, he's a good prospect.
This site was posted in another thread shortly after he was drafted. If you can find last year's videos its even more loaded with dominating hits. The thing that you don't see here, but was obvious in the previous year's films was that his balance after delivering a powerful blow was outstanding. Stopping the guy with the puck is great, but if you can do it and stay on your feet and take it in the other direction it is even better.
His improvement offensively this year is just a sign of his talent and ability to produce however the team needs him. Even if he doesn't put up big numbers before the NHL I think you'll see him contribute if and when he makes it to the NHL. Guys who score around the net from rebounds and such, don't usually show a significant drop in scoring touch as someone who relys on speed and isn't so much faster than everyone as he moves up in competition.
Also, in no way do I consider him a dirty player. A dirty player tries to hurt the opposition or get away with illegal play. Kaleta, from what I've seen, plays clean but tough as nails. And I don't think that he is as focused on the irritating side as a guy like Barnaby is. He's frustarting because of his physical play and hustle, not because he is deliberatly a pest.
This is just my opinion but someone could see it dramatically different than I do.