Houck is an energy forward for the Giants. He's quick, plays aggressively all over the ice and has a good shot. His best asset is that he never takes a shift off, knows his role and fills it to a tee. Put up a good year offensively, but he will need to continue to work hard on that part of his game if he wants to carve out a top 6 pro career. Has some value towards the back half of the middle of the 2013 draft.
NHL Style Comparable: Jannick Hansen
Top End Potential: Bottom 6 Forward
Pick Prediction: 5th Round
Redline had Houck ranked at #40. Here's what they had to say about him:
"Highly underrated! Showed leadership carrying his young team on both offence and defense following a major roster overhaul. Blossoming power winger uses size to establish and hold position around crease. Already tough to move off the puck and has a frame that could still add 20 pounds. Has a great understanding of how to lean on defenders and use his frame to separate them from the puck. Fearless and loves to initiate contact. Goes into traffic with speed and can clear out contested areas. Aggressive style draws defenders to him and opens up ice for 'mates. Accurate, heads-up passer distributes well in role of set-up man. He's a 200-foot player who puts in the same tireless effort at both ends. Also a willing combatant who will take on anybody. Can change the momentum of a game with a big rush, big hit, or a big goal. Skating is the one knock - lacks initial explosion and top end gear."
They project him asa tough, gritty 2nd liner who produces points and compare him to Ryan Clowe in style.
I like Redline, but they can go a little overboard on players they like/don't like. Still liking the pick, but I think the 2nd line might be a little high in terms of what his actual upside is.
If you are offended by this post, it's probably because you're ugly.