How would you describe Adam Erne's game, is he like the typical American power forward like (Guerin, Weight, Tkachuk, etc...) or does he bring something else on the ice?
Gritty and skilled. Not skilled like Pavel Datsyuk dangling through 5 players and then skating back to the blue line and doing it again just for fun, but skilled as in solid fundamentals. Puck control, shot, etc all strong and combined with a willingness to get dirty makes him dangerous.
Saw the game this afternoon... holy molly... Erne is just sick. He does everything well, he's a leader on the ice. He skates hard, he's involved, he goes to the corners, he goes to the nets. His hands are so fast man when he gets going he has amazing acceleration and just dangles the puck so fricking quickly! He's a beauty.
I'll admit: at the beginning of the season, I was unsure on how I felt about Erne.
Now I think he's a top 10 pick for 2013. He's competitive and I LOVE his skating ability, displays excellent puck skills as well. The biggest difference, I feel, is that he's finding ways to capitalize on his chances, and part of that comes from growing older and more mature. He's playing smarter without losing intensity. With his overall toolset, I see a guy who could definitely play in any team's top-six in the near future.