Got to watch both groups for a little bit today. Nichushkin is huge. Definitely looked like a man amongst boys out there, size and skill wise. Very confident. I didn't get to see him in the 3 on 3 scrimmages but from what I did see has great hands. Was throwing backhand sauce like it was nothing. Met him afterwards, was nice enough, posed for a photo. I said the equivolent of "what's up?" in Russian to him and he responded, no idea what he said though, haha.
Faksa was in the next group and also looked very good. Pro size, he has really good edge work and passing. His hands looked good but he doesn't seem like the dangler type. Also super nice guy, spoke in Czech for a few minutes before he had to do an interview.
Watched Remi Elie for a few in a shooting drill, he has a great release
He wasn't there yesterday, when I talked to Faksa he said Stransky was getting in that afternoon. Radek got in on July 4th so I think some of the Euro guys arrived a little late. I will probably go to the scrimage on wednesday and hopefully get a look at him then.
He scored a lot of highlight reel goals in the KHL with his tremendous offensive skills, but he really loves to play a physical game. His signature move is the one that won the Bronze Medal over Canada at this year's World Junior Championship. He loves to blow by defenders to the outside, then plant his left leg and get his shoulder underneath the defender's, which gives him a clear path to the net. He loves to bring the puck right up to the goalie's pads and then shove it underneath. He is as big and as strong as most D men, and he always seems to go out of his way to make contact.