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  1. JEI

    JEI Registered User

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    Basically the possible top 10 for this coming draft:

    Cherepanov
    Alzner
    Van Reimsdyk
    Couture
    Kane
    Turris
    Petrecki
    Gagner
    Esposito

    Would like to know their strengths and weaknesses if possible :D

    :yo:
     
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    You forgot Voracek. He's been top five on every list I've seen.
     
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    my personal top 10:
    1. Patrick Kane
    2. Angelo Esposito
    3. Jakub Voracek
    4. Karl Alzner
    5. Kyle Turris
    6. James Van Riemsdyk
    7. Alexei Cherepanov
    8. Nick Petrecki
    9. Logan Couture
    10. Sam Gagner
     
  4. JEI

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    It's not so much listing what spot they'll go, I'd like to get a little scouting report on each..just to enhance my knowledge.
     
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    From what I saw from Gagner (WJC and 2 OHL game)

    + : Game breaking skills. Speed and good vision
    - : really weak. Bad defensively (but thats usual for a 17 yo player)
     
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    Thank you, that's what I'm looking for :D
     
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    I don't know a ton about any of these guys but I'll give you my thoughts.



    Alzner
    - The one word that comes to my mind when I think about this guy is SOLID. Doesn't really do any one thing great but does everything very well.

    Kane
    - Pure sniper, not great defensively, seems to float around till he gets the puck but once he gets it he's absolutely dynamic, great stickhandler

    Esposito
    - All the talent in the world but absolutely no drive, very fast with good vision

    Voracek
    - Great puck protection, not afraid to drive to the net and make things happen, plays more of a puck possession game
     
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    I'll only speak to the ones I've seen in person.

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    Kane Positives: Nose for the net, great speed, great passing, great hockey sense. Plays big when it counts.

    Kane Negatives: He's small. Not a particularly physical player. Still has some growing to do defensively (but what barely 18 year old sniper doesn't? Not many!).

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    Van Riemsdyk Positives: Good height, good speed, great shot, great hands. Knows how to keep his linemates involved. Excellent on special teams (leads the U-18s in PPGs and SHGs).

    Van Riemsdyk Negatives: He needs to fill out, but with that 6'3 frame, I expect he will. He appears to me to have made significant strides in the physical aspect of his game since last year when I first saw him, but he still has room to grow there (that will come with filling out I imagine). He's also a fairly raw player. A bit of a late bloomer. Definitely needs a couple years at UNH before he's NHL ready, IMO. But he'll be a stud when the time is right.
     
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    Thanks for the responses :yo:
     
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    Would Blake Wheeler be a fair comparison for JVR? I was hoping to see him play in the bronze medal game against Sweden last week, but he didn't play a shift.
     
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    Wheeler is an interesting comparison. They do play with a similar style, and they are very similar in terms of size (and needing to fill out). Both are also great skaters. But my sense is that JVR has more natural offensive skill, and better hands than Wheeler. Wheeler is probably better defensively at this point, though I'm not sure if he was when he was in his draft year. IMO, JVR is a better prospect than Wheeler. And since Wheeler was a top 5 pick, I recognize that this is high praise.
     
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    Petrecki:
    + Plays with a bit of a mean streak and is a nasty hitter from the blueline. Has a nice, hard shot from the point.

    - Very raw prospect that is likely at least a couple years at the NCAA level away from turning pro. Needs to work on his offensive awareness. Takes foolish penalties from time to time.
     

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