Kevin Shattenkirk and Ryan McDonagh

Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by Riggins, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. Riggins

    Riggins Registered User

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    I wasn't able to see today's Canada/USA game... how did these two look? How have they played throughout the tournament? I'd appreciate any thoughts about these two American defensemen. Thanks.
     
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    You might find some words in the big U18 threads.

    My vague impressions from the two games on TV (vs. Canada and Slovakia)... Shattenkirk seems a lot more rounded than some of the comments I had heard about him before? He is the go-to guy on D for them, captain, quarterback, all-round leader. It's fair to expect McDonagh to have a slightly tougher time suddenly stepping into basically a set lineup, and stepping up to a higher level of competition than he's recently been facing. So what we see from McDonagh is more like "flashes" of his ability to move with the puck and play bigger than he looks physically. Both have impressed me, though. It has been nice to finally see them. I can understand top-20 predictions for them (and even those ones who say that if they're a certain team's "favourite" they can challenge for top-10).

    Conversely, Tommy Cross looked to be rather more challenged to keep up at this level to me.

    Still, any team scouting these guys is going to be going on a whole lot more than this tournament. So they'll have their reports on McDonagh and Cross from before, and they'll be able to slot their adaptation to the Team USA roster accordingly in the overall evaluation. Me, I don't have the luxury of that much information. So from my armchair view of a couple TV games I'd say Shattenkirk and McDonagh (and Cole too) have impressed me and moved up my imaginary rankings. Cross would not be on my 1st round radar. For what little that's worth. :) :GWC:
     
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    I finally saw Shattenkirk & now see why some rate him 12-15. He was always in the play defensively & offensively. However, I do not think his offensive game will translate as well to the pro level as say Cody Franscom of Vancouver Giants.

    McDonagh, however, did not translate into a No 1 pick, at least, based on that game.

    On the forward level, I really liked Patrick White (1st round) & Matt Rust (3rd round).
     

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