Ranking the speed in the 1st round of 2006...

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  1. Colt.45Orr

    Colt.45Orr Registered User

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    OK, so being a good-to-great skater has obviously been important at any point in the NHL... but never moreso then now. That said, on skating ability alone (and more specifically, speed) how do you rank the top ranked 10 forwards expected to go in the first round in the draft (general/average ranking).

    Example, you might have Little ranked 10th, but, like many scouts, have questions about his skating and not have him ranked on the list.

    I am assuming the Kessel is #1 for most people in this category (maybe not) and some are toss-ups, and will change perhaps even by camp --but as of right now, how would you rank the top10 forwards (or more if you like) on pure skating/speed alone? And, who are the top speedsters in the top2 rounds?
     
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    Brassard is an amazing skater. Extremely fast and agile.
     
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    OK, thanks.... where would you rank him as a skater in the 1st round boys?


    Wow -so many draft "experts" here and nobody can even throw darts listing the top skaters? :dunno:
     
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    If you want a more objective measure, here are the rankings from the top prospects game filtered for first round forwards.

    60' Dash
    Peter Mueller 2.808
    Chris Stewart 2.997
    Bryan Little 3.008
    Jordan Staal 3.033
    James Sheppard 3.059
    Cory Emmerton 3.070
    Derick Brassard 3.147

    150' Dash
    Peter Mueller 5.841
    Bryan Little 5.867
    Chris Stewart 5.878
    Cory Emmerton 5.980
    Jordan Staal 6.003
    James Sheppard 6.040
    Derick Brassard 6.088

    Full Lap
    James Sheppard 14.398
    Chris Stewart 14.629
    Jordan Staal 14.667
    Bryan Little 14.705
    Cory Emmerton 15.010
    Derick Brassard 15.189
    Peter Mueller 15.372

    Puck Control
    Derick Brassard 16.895
    Peter Mueller 17.354
    Bryan Little 17.632
    James Sheppard 17.649
    Jordan Staal 17.666
    Cory Emmerton 17.885
    Chris Stewart 19.242
     
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    Chris Stewart... daaaamn. The guy has to carry 230 pounds as he's doing it.

    No wonder so many people have him in their top 10 even though his scoring ability and hockey sense are in question. With diligent work ethic he could be somewhat of a Steve Bernier, which is always nice to hear..
     
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    He can't distribute like Bernier. But yeah when Stewart gets a head of steem he is like trying to stop a truck. He can bull through traffic and has the hands to keep it.
     
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    Wow --that is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.

    Just reinforces me wanting the Bruins to take Mueller... but it is also a little surprising as I had read about questions regarding Little's skating. That looks (by the stats) to be wrong.
     
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    Wow, I knew Mueller was pretty quick but didn't realize he was quicker than most of the prospects surrounding him in the draft.
     
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    Like I have been saying for a year, Sheppards first step is the only place he needs improvement. His top end speed is fast.
     
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    I wish we had the info for the European players on that list. Theres a few NA players not on it as well.
     
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    Wow, I did not realize that Mueller was so speedy.
     
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    This just proves that skating time numbers can be poor indication of how good a skater someone is. Brassard looks like he flys with the puck just because he can control it so well. Chris Stewart doing well in the other categories but flopping in the puck control is concerning, unless he lost the puck and that is why his time is so high.
     
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    OK, I'm a big Kessel fan, and I haven't seen much of the other top prospects...but watching Phill fly down the ice at top speed made my mouth drop. I was literally standing up shouting "OH ****, DID YOU SEE THAT!"
     
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    If Sheppard gets a good first step he is going to become a top 5 players to enter this draft.
     

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