Josh Hennessey impressions please.

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  1. X-SHARKIE

    X-SHARKIE Registered User

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    This is for anyone that has seen Josh Hennessey, specifically, this past season.

    Sharks writer Kevin Wey sees 2nd line Center upside, do you think he has this upside?

    I hear his shot is one of the best in the Q, truth to that? how is his playmaking?

    Is his skating as good as advertised? ect.

    I just want to know what to expect out of this guy.

    Thanks.
     
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    It has been an hard season for Josh. It's very difficult to predict his upside because he adapted very well to the caliber of the Q league at 16 but he have'nt showed much progress in 4 years.

    He's very fast. Maybe one of the best skater in the league. His shot is very good but not among the best. Guys like Radulov, Roussin, Pouliot, Picard, Boisclair have a better shot than him.

    I do not have great hope for him as an offensive force in the NHL. He is not very strong and not dominant enough with his skills. The fact that he has not being able to adapt to Radulov increase my concerns.

    If he really work hard he could become a verstatile 3rd liner that can replace an injuried players on a top line or on the powerplay. Think Todd Marchant or Andrew Cassels (if everything goes right.)
     
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    That being said, he was 9th in the Q in scoring this year, and has shown a steady increase in points production over the course of his time with Quebec. I think you've pegged his potential about right, although IMO, San Jose envisions him as more of a 2nd liner, who makes use of his tremendous speed and shot. If anything, he'll have to get considerably stronger to make it in the NHL. There's a few things troubling about him though, including his failure to make the U.S. WJC team this year and last as well as the lockeroom issues that divided the Remparts this season.
     
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    From the games I saw this year he impressed me with his skating and his shot was also pretty good but not the best like said above. One thing he has is alot of speed so that might help him make it. I think he could become a great third liner with the potential to play on the second line in case of injuries.
     
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    Boisclair doesn't belong in that group.His skating is pretty poor to advance.
    He's still undrafted and I can't see him going early in next draft although
    someone may use a late pick on him.
    Imo Hennessey's career to date is similar to Steve Bernier's.Both have failed
    to live up to expectations after having a great start in the Q.However
    I would also say of the 2 that there are games when you see them and think
    they have all the skills required,yet they don't seem to put it all together on
    a consistent basis.
     
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    Thanks guys.

    I think Berniers game will translate very well to the pro game, better then most Q players, aside from Crosby.

    But Hennessey's lack of strength, especially on the puck concerns me.
     
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    I was only talking about their shot not their chance to make it to the NHL.

    Bernier had been holding back in Moncton in a very defensive system while Hennessy's job has always been to produce offense, playing the whole PP and always with the best wingers.

    One thing that does'nt worry me is Josh's attitude. It's impossible for a 19 years old hockey players to never go out in Québec city. When almost the whole team miss a "couvre-feu" it's normal that the Captain is the one punished but that does'nt make him a headcase. He is serious and work hard.
     
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    Hennessey won the Humanitarian of the year award for the Q for 03-04 and was an assistant captain at age 17.

    He's a good kid.
     
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    JH -- is it Josh or Joshua?

    Check out how the team did in 2003-2004 after he was injured. They became a better team WITHOUT his "leadership". With the exception of the Memorial Cup year, he has skated with almost every forward on the team(s). I think its safe to say that there wasn't anyone good enough for him to skate with, or at least that's the attitude he showed. If he has the great skating ability, vision of the ice, big shot and scoring touch that everyone talks about, let's see it. Hockey is a game of "put up or shut up", and it's time for JH to PUT UP. Further, as far as the comment (above) about "after hours" expertise, well, JH is, hands down, the team's leader here. Oh, and by the way, almost everyone did NOT miss the curfew that led to his losing the "C" for a couple of games. He earned this on his own. He hasn't been the team's true leader for some time now. The Remparts look to Courcelles, LaVallee, and Vlasic for leadership. The team will be much stronger this year if JH is in Cleveland of up with San Jose. Let's hope.
     
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    In no way should you consider Bernier to have failed to live up to expectations. He has done everything that has been asked of him. He was told after his first year he was fat and uni-dimensional. So he got into shape and began to develop the other side of his game. He's increased his physicality, and he was clearly a leader with the Wildcats. Don't be fooled by him not scoring 150 pts any year, he was not playing within a system which was condusive to those sort of numbers.
     
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    I think Beatnik's original post on this nailed it. Josh has been a disappointment to Quebec in recent years, even though he's a PR man's dream (learned to speak fluent French, a huge plus in that unilingual market).

    But on the ice, he slipped in his last two seasons; nothing huge, but these are supposed to be bust-out seasons for Major Junior veterans, and indications if they are going to the E, the A or the Show. Right now, I'm betting the E.

    He's one guy I'll root for, though.
     
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    I've seen him play in the Quebec League, he puts up a lot of points, but never seemed to stand out to me. I can't really see him as an NHL player, may develop at a semi-pro level though. I doubt he could adapt to a much more physical game he would see in say the NHL or AHL.
     
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    Something tells me San Jose thinks otherwise.
     
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