Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by Charge_Seven, Jan 8, 2007.
What kind of ceiling do you think he's got?
Is he a future 2nd line centre type in the NHL?
I think that's a pretty good estimate of his projection. Thing is, he's a late bloomer. He was barely on the radar 18 months ago. He was a pretty late commitment to Michigan last year and Michigan was one of the first big schools to come after him. He was cut from his USHL team as a 17 year old, which is pretty unusual for guys who end up being 1st round picks after their 18 year old season. So it is a little tough to project his upside.
He proves he can produce at OHL level too but he's 20 already.
They say Brind'Amour type of player if he lives up to expectations.
Lewis has tremendous hockey sense, and has pretty good skills too. He was born to play hockey. 2nd line center for sure unless he totally busts.
Similar to Scott Gomez: fast, defensively responsible (but not an elite checking center), average in the faceoff circle, well above average playmaker, decent and underutilized shot. Not quite the vision, and needs more time and space to make plays. A bit more physical.
If he can adjust his decision-making to match NHL speeds then he'll certainly be a 2nd-line center, border-line first. Otherwise he'll be a decent third-liner that could develop into a nice checking line center, a la Eric Belanger. In fact, the way he plays now reminds me a lot of Belanger when he played in the Q.