I'm not prospect savvy as you guys are. Can someone brief me on the kid?
This is from Andrew's:
Has good size and has shown a good scoring touch. Loves to crash, bang, dig out pucks to set up teammates and go after rebounds. Excellent forechecker who can deliver big hits. Very good defensive player. Plays well away from the puck.
"Ray is a solid two-way player. He plays physical and uses a good combination of grit and skill."
Stars director of amateur scouting Tim Bernhardt on Ray Sawada
He's got three things going for him. First he's big. At 6'2" he's one of the bigger forwards on the team. He won't get run over or pushed around like Conner would. Second, he's a right shot right wing. Finally someone on this team can bury a pass across the crease with a one-timer. Loui struggles with that because he's a left shot. Third, he's a good defensive forward, which hopefully means Tippet won't bury him on the 4th line for 7 minutes tonight.
I don't know that he'll deserve 17 but I hope it's above 12. It's hard to evaluate a player when he spends most of the game on the bench.