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06-25-2011, 01:42 PM
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With the #161 pick, the Wild select Stephen Michalek

6'2 goalie, committed to Harvard

http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospect....htm?dpid=9842
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He plays big and is very good laterally. When he's in his butterfly, he looks big, he's smooth and controlled. He's very composed and he battles and fights through traffic to track the puck well.
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06-25-2011, 01:46 PM
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Seriously? Another f***ing goalie? Good idea Fletch, grab another goalie for the pool. I'm still pissed about not taking Friberg in the 5th for ANOTHER DEFENSEMAN..

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Seriously? Another f***ing goalie? Good idea Fletch, grab another goalie for the pool. I'm still pissed about not taking Friberg in the 5th for ANOTHER DEFENSEMAN..
One would think a Harvard commit is going for the 4 years of schooling. By then Hackett could be our #1, Backstrom/Endras/Gustafsson no longer our property, and it remains to be seen what Kuemper is capable of.

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Seriously? Another f***ing goalie? Good idea Fletch, grab another goalie for the pool. I'm still pissed about not taking Friberg in the 5th for ANOTHER DEFENSEMAN..
Dude relax! You take the BPA and I'm pretty certain they have a better grasp on that than you do.

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Seriously? Another f***ing goalie? Good idea Fletch, grab another goalie for the pool. I'm still pissed about not taking Friberg in the 5th for ANOTHER DEFENSEMAN..
You're actually getting upset because Fletcher took a goalie with his SIXTH round pick? I could understand questioning him if it was the 2nd round or something, but really? I say pick your battles better, and chill out a bit.

He's 17. He's a few years away from our current goalie prospects, so I don't see a problem here at all.

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I dont see any harm with this pick. But I wouldn't hold my breathing him playing a game in pro hockey.

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Apparently he's pretty good. I think a sleeper. Scouting report says he sees like 50-60 shots. Played in the Hnlika tournament and did well.

Ummm yay!

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A pair of Connecticut natives represented New England at the NHL Scouting Combine this weekend, soaking it all in and relishing the chance to mingle with other top hockey draft prospects and NHL teams.

Michalek also performed well in the testing, but could be forgiven for showing a little bit of fatigue given the external distractions he was dealing with because of where the combine’s schedule fell with respect to his exams and high school graduation.

“It’s been pretty hectic,” Michalek said. “It’s been a lot of travel; I came up here on Thursday morning after my finals ended on Wednesday, did all my interviews, got that over with. Flew back into Hartford on Thursday night (and) had my graduation (Friday) morning, flew back to Toronto last night, got up this morning and came here.”

Even so, Michalek posted the kind of results that show that he is an accomplished athlete. He finished 10th overall among the more than 100 prospects in attendance at the standing long jump event, demonstrating impressive lower leg drive and power with a 112-inch jump. The top performer, Shawinigan defenseman Jonathan Racine, finished with a leap of 119.3 inches.
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Pretty good. Our depth in goaltending is...insane LOL


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Where does he play ? And Harvards great and all but from a hockey stand point a top NCAA school is better.

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He played in a high school in New England.

I really think this kid could be something in a few years.

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Steve Michalek, Loomis-Chaffee (HS- CT)- We. Love. This. Kid. OK, full disclosure- he's a high school goalie, which makes it extremely difficult for scouts to discern whether a player has the goods, but we think Michalek is one of the legit sleeper prospects in the 2011 draft. He was under siege for much of the season on the worst prep team, but still managed to post a .919 save percentage while making more than 1,000 saves on the year. Does anyone understand how many shots he stopped given the small amount of games prep schools play when compared to their junior counterparts? What we don't like about the Harvard recruit's game is that he tends to overcommit on shots, leaving himself open for backdoor plays, but he's very athletic, mentally tough and one of these guys with intriguing potential. You can't use the standard, "he's a HS goalie" argument with him either, because he played so well at the Ivan Hlinka in August. Interesting guy to watch for sure.
http://bruins2011draftwatch.blogspot...ndup-pt-2.html

Confidence, athleticism, and the ability to shake off a bad goal. Yep. This guy is going to be an interesting prospect to watch.

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I'll have to pay close attention to him and the Ivan hilinka tournament.

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All I've heard is that he's big, athletically strong, and faced TONS of shot this season but still stood on his head.

He is exactly the type of prospect you use a late round pick on, regardless of position. Has all the tools, has played well at his level, but still unproven.

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I got a little more interested in this pick when I saw that he was the 5th ranked NA goalie by Central Scouting.

Given that he can be stashed away in Hockey East for 4 years just makes it better.

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I've been told really really good things about him; and I like him in the system with Bob Mason as his tutor.

Big time sleeper pick here.

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I've been told really really good things about him; and I like him in the system with Bob Mason as his tutor.

Big time sleeper pick here.
Bob Mason is god!

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06-27-2011, 08:05 PM
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Who owns Michalek junior rights ?

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Doesn't matter. He's heading to Harvard and for an American kid in New England that's living a dream.

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Doesn't matter. He's heading to Harvard and for an American kid in New England that's living a dream.
I was just curious about the rights, and im pretty sure Harvard is alot of ppls dream. But goof for him going there he will be in a decent hockey program.

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Exactly. This is the type of kid you let sit in the minors for 4-6 years, let him progress and by that time, you'll need him.

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I was just curious about the rights, and im pretty sure Harvard is alot of ppls dream. But goof for him going there he will be in a decent hockey program.
He's in Q territory, but I didn't see anything which had a team holding his rights.

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Is Ted Donato still coaching Havard ?

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Is Ted Donato still coaching Havard ?

Yessum.

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Yessum.
Do you know who their goalie coach is ? And is he playing at havard next year ?

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