Can he fight? i notice he has alot of PIM, but theres no fighting in collage hockey so i guess its hard to tell.
He fought in the AJHL, once had 200+ PIMS on a tough Camrose team. He obviously didn't do that in the NCAA but I'd imagine he'd bring at least a little bit of that to the organization, I hope he remembers how but it's like riding a bike.
6'2" and 230 lbs, wow.
IIRC, the Leafs took notice of him when they were scouting Joe Colborne ahead of the 2008 draft. Not sure if that's been mentioned.
Solid signing. Been watching a lot of UND as of late, and he is a keeper. Shows up for every single game, and definitely looks to be letter material at the pro level. Lots of fun to watch, doesn't take it from anybody and throws a ton of hits high and hard. Willing to block shots as well.
That said, not every good offensively, and mainly plays in a shutdown role with starts in his own end. He's got something like thirty career points at UND in 150 games or something like that. He's 23 and still not used in an offensive role, never really saw him play the PP at all this year.
He'll probably be an AHL guy and a I could see him being the captain down there. Still not a bad guy to have in the system, and all in all not a bad fate for a former seventh round pick.
I always like these type of prospects, 6'2 230 is a rock of a defensemen, i like that he hits and plays physical, and if hes a good fighter i can see him up with the leafs sooner then later. He will still obviously need 2-3 years of ahl time if he even does make the jump to the nhl. But full time collage prospects are way more developed then guys comming out of the ohl because they are older and have already played with guys older and bigger. I really hope this guy can pan out!!