Jordan Lavalee?

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  1. pwil

    pwil Registered User

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    I notice that he is listed as being born in Corvallis,Oregon.Which would be a WHL territory.Did his family move or did no one in the WHL want him?How did he end up in the QMJHL?
     
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    im pretty sure he was raised his whole life in new england
     
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    Yes he was
     
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    Thrashers fans are pretty high on this kid.
     
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    LaVallee is a great pick at #116. DW and his staff really did a nice job snagging him at that spot. I love the upside and value.

    My question is why was LaVallee even available that late? Were there really 115 better prospects? :confused:
     
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    LaVallee at USA Hockey U20 camp in Lake Placid

    LaVallee has looked great at the USA U20 Evaluation Camp. He has points in every game -- 3g/2a in 4 games, including the Blue/White game earlier in the week.

    LaVallee was passed over in the 2004 draft and some of the scouts (especially the donkeys at NHL central scouting) couldn't be big enough to admit the mistake, so he slipped to round 4. Atlanta got a good one here.
     
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    I've read that most don't believe his goal scoring will translate to the AHL, let alone the NHL...but he has the size and physical game to be a good checker, at worst.
     
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    to me its one of the biggest mysteries why he was passed up in 04, then i was surprised why he went so late this year. atlanta got a pretty good prospect in the fourth.
     
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    Who is "most"? I'd be interested in hearing the rationale.
     
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    I see Him as a 2nd line PF with 50 pts per year which is great. Good job by ATL
     
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    Haha, that's putting me on the spot to remember a scouting reports\analyses when I've read probably 100 different reports on the guy. I'm a fan of Jordan, and I hoped Nashville would take a shot on him...I'm just pointing out what I've heard.
     
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    That's definately his HIGHEST upside. I think he has an extremely long way till he gets there, also. I think he'll turn out to be a bit more physical version of Brad Isbister. One of those guys who just isn't good enough ot be on the top 2 lines, but can add some scoring if you need him to.
     
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    ^^^ agreed.
     
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    And in the 4th round, I think that's a pretty good deal. :)
     
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    I read in an interview with him on Mckeens that in 04 only two teams looked at him and interviewed him, Atlanta and the Sharks... I sure do wish we would've taken him back in 04 or even this summers draft.

    Ahh well.

    I think he compares well to a Sharks prospect named Ryan Clowe.
     
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    I've seen Lavallee play a bunch of times and I was shocked he wasn't drafted last year.He needs to improve his skating but he has real potential imo.He can really
    deliver a solid check and he has pretty nice hands and good hockey sence.
     
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    In 2004 he was very raw. He was big, seemed like he was improving very slowly. That probably turned some teams away. Jordan didnt really have a big impact in the Q at 16 and 17 and like I said his development looked like it plateaued, that could be why no one picked him in 2004.

    However, in 2005 he seemed to put it all together (Big power forwards usually take more time). Some people have said his year was a fluke but i honestly believe it wasnt. He is a solid prospect but he is still a boom or bust type of prospect.
     
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    Watching him this past year you'd think ever NHL GM was off their rocker, but if you watched Lavallee in 2003/2004 (I assume you did) youd probably understand. He was clumsy, awkward, didnt do much out there. He has really improved. I was surprised when no one took a flyer on him in rounds 7-9 but I wasnt completley shocked. I was only surprised because he is 6'03 220 and NHL GM's covet that.
     
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    We faced them in the playoffs and he didn't get much icetime and I was
    wondering why because he looked pretty good and Hennessey was injured
    so they could have used him.
     
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    That is pretty much why Churilov wasnt picked this year. Lack of playing time, and quality icetime. A friend of mine is a remps fan and it seemed like every time Quebec had an offensive zone faceoff the big line was out there. Churilov was dumped into a checking role, similar to Lavallee in his draft year.
     
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