A physical defender, Racine skates well, has a quick point shot and a safe first pass, but his real ability is with the defensive side of the game. He plays a steady game beyond his years and is great at reading the play as it presents itself, positioning himself effectively and separating the puck carrier from the puck.
Although Racine was impressive at the Panthers development camp in the early summer, he will play another year in the QMJHL to sharpen his skills. The odds are that he will join the professional ranks next year, play a season or to in the minors and then make a run at a mid-pair spot in the NHL.
I'm glad we signed him and he's gonna be a nice guy to develop. I really hope he develops into a guy like Garrison, Seidenberg, etc that we've had before...defensive d-men who can play a steady game as a top 4 defender.