The TSN Insider's Forecast: There is no real mystery to Max Pacioretty's game with Sioux Falls of the USHL. He is an up and down winger who goes hard to the net, provides some physical play and is not without some offensive ability. He doesn't necessarily excel in any one area of the game but does a lot of things well enough to get first-round consideration, although a number of teams view him as more second-round material. He will attend the University of Michigan in the fall.
From NHL Central Scouting: A competitive power forward with a good physical presence. Has a very good wrist shot with a quick release. Is a good skater with excellent first step quickness. Strong in the face-off circle and does what it takes to help his team win. Needs to improve his consistency around the net. Effective on the penalty kill, but needs to improve his defensive anticipation.
Central Scouting Report: A skilled offensive defenseman with the skill to rush the puck… has good first step quickness and makes quick accurate passes in the defensive zone… has a good shot from the point… strong along the boards as well as one-on-one in the corners… has the ability to dominate a game, but needs to play to his level every night… his offensive style sometimes leads to risky decisions.
Strengths: Ryan is an accomplished two way defender who possesses excellent vision and anticipation, his point shot is accurate as well as hard, outlet passes are accurate and well placed, he supports his defense partner well, can either dominate in his own end shutting down opposition or by jumping into the play to create an odd man rush, skating is above average and transitions well, his defensive awareness is a strength, he can and will play physical if play dictates so. Ryan is always willing to compete and has a take charge personality on the
ice when needed. Ryan will surely be a dependable NHL defender after some NCAA seasoning.
Weakness: His overall conditioning, if he could add some upper body strength this summer it would help his adjustment to the Collage ranks immensely, it will be interesting to see how Ryan handles the jump playing against better competition next season.
NHL Potential: Top 4, two way dependable defender.
Now concerning Pacioretty...
Central Scouting Report: A competitive power forward with a good physical presence… has a very good wrist shot with a quick release… is a good skater with excellent first step quickness… strong in the face-off circle and does what it takes to help his team win… needs to improve his consistency around the net… effective on the penalty kill, but needs to improve his defensive anticipation.
Strengths: Max is a large body that likes to play a physical brand of hockey. His skating is fluid and while I wouldn’t consider him a burner he does have more than one gear. The big Connecticut native has nice hands and a cannon of a shot that he uses early and often. His playmaking skills are a bit underrated as he possesses good on ice vision and anticipation.
Weakness: Consistency is an area he has struggled with as well as defensive support. Driving back defensivly into his own zone is not really a part of his game right now but if he added that kind of dimension he would be a hot commodity come June 22nd. Max could also improve his skating and physical play with a little work on his leg strength as he will find it increasingly difficult to play the way he did this past season in Sioux City at the next level when U. of M.’s season starts.
NHL Potential: Top two line scoring winger.
Interestingly enough, CSS had McDonagh at 11 and Pacioretty at 16, while the second source (it's a guy on the Draft board, and damn I don't remember his nick... sry man) had McDonagh also at 11 and Pacioretty at 22 !
Last edited by Vasculio: 06-22-2007 at 09:05 PM.
Don't know much about the 2 guys the habs drafted... I just hope they turn out to be good players... However, I would have loved to see the habs drafting Cherepanov. He's an excellent player who had great stats this year in the RSL. The rangers probably got the best player in the draft with their 17th pick.
conditioning/lack of build is something that can be coached. You pack muscle on easier at 20/21 than at 18. I am much more built than I was at 17/18 now at 20/21 and I wouldn't say my workouts are alot more intense. Hockey sense and good skating are things that are harder to fix and IMO we got two players who are just fine in those departments. Very solid picks.
This is kinda what I was thinking. Interesting that they had the names on both jerseys as if they were the two "homerun" targets. I see "strong two-way players" as second round picks. I think we could have traded down to get him and in the process move up in the second, but hey.
I am satisfied with the picks, but I don't see how you could call them homeruns.
I'm not kicking on the picks. I really was expecting McDonagh at #12. Pacioretty seems like a good pick as well. That said, I think Timmins should stick to drafting and player development and stay away from cameras and reporters because he really sucks at PR. You don't carry on about hitting home runs and having to take risks ("no time to be cautious" is I think how he put it) and then make these kinds of picks.