was watching him play the other night against Schenn's Blades and he (Stone) kinda reminded me of Bertuzzi when he was with the Canucks.....
his speed looked "ok" but it seemed like his bigger issue was his take-off...not very explosive and forced him to pass the puck as soon as he got it on the rush....great positioning and size though
He'll be squating, deadlifting and doing plyos all summer I'm sure. By the sounds of it, the issue he has is his first couple steps.
I'll go out on a limb and assume it was a big reason why Zack Smith wasn't drafted until he was an overager. Smith's speed is now pretty impressive IMO. The first couple steps and explosiveness can be learned if the guy is willing....I trust the boys that come out of the Prairies....Stone's brother is already a pro.
if he can address his take-off in the offseason, we might have stolen one with our 6th round pick.....and that ain't bad
Either way I think he should be in the AHL next year for seasoning......
He can't play in the AHL next year. He's an 18 year old right now.
He could contend for a spot on the WJC team. His production lately has probably put him on the radar. It's good, it'll be something pretty short-term he can motivate himself over the summer for. Stone's got a legit shot at playing in the WJC.
It'll be interesting to see if he gets put on the Summer Camp roster.
The only players under contract for the Sens whose contracts could slide are Cowen and Lehner (both 1991 birthdates). Each of their contracts will slide if they don't play 10 NHL games this season respectively - meaning they will not burn off the 1st year of their 3 year entry-level contracts this year (assuming < 10 NHL games in 2010-11).
The slide rule is not true for David Rundblad - he is technically on loan to Skelleftea by the Sens this year because he's a 1990 birthdate. As such, one year of this 3 year ELC burns off this year regardless of whether he plays NHL games or not.
With all the defencemen that Ottawa has signed for next season I could see that Cowen starts the yr in Bingo. They will tell us that it's a numbers game & he'll play down there for a while until the GM decide how Kuba, Rundbad & Lee are playing. I would think that it will be easier to send Cowen down to Bingo because he is a yr younger than Rundblad & Cowen might accept going down more so than Rundblad.
If Kuba can regain some of the form that he had the previous yr hopefully, he could be dealt at next yr's deadline. The draft will also be a place where Ottawa might just deal another defenceman too like Kuba or Lee. Kuba might even get bought out but like Cheechoo it will probably be a very slow process that drags on for months.
Gonchar - Karlsson
Phillips - Lee
Kuba - Carkner/Rundblad