Josiah Didier, D Cedar Rapids (USHL)- We're told that this kid is one of the bigger sleepers being mentioned in NHL circles and that someone could jump on him earlier than conventional thought. With good size, mobility and the raw tools to develop into a big league blue liner eventually, he's been under the radar for much of the season. Plays with an edge and will jump into the play/has puck-moving skills. He's got a lot to learn and may not have the instincts to be a two-way defenseman and regular in the NHL, but with his impressive physical attributes, is worth taking a chance on.
Positive report about him in Dobber's Fantasy Prospects 2011 :
Josiah Didier, D
2010-11 Team: Cedar Rapids (USHL)
Will the Colorado Avalanche make it a hometown hat trick? As a USHL rookie in 2010-11, rearguard Josiah Didier
posted the ninth-most goals in the league from the blueline (eight) to cap off a successful season that saw him collect
a total 21 points in 58 games. The strapping 6í2, 200 lbs rearguard was also a presence physically, dropping the
gloves twice en route to 72 PIM. A power-play fixture from Game One, Didierís calling card is his point
management and a hard, low snapshot that can beat goalies and create rebounds even from the point. In addition to
his offensive awareness, Didier is a strong 360-degree skater who leverages his long reach and gap control to
eliminate opponents along the wall. A Colorado native committed to play at DU, although the Avalanche are flush
with prospect defensemen, the only thing that could make Didierís season better would be to hear his name called by
his hometown NHL club. Upside: Top-four rearguard, 10-30-40, 90+ PIM
Projected Round: 4th or 5th. If the Avalanche donít call out his name, the Kings are a good bet. They selected
USHL alum Kevin Gravel 148th last summer.