2006 draft - Ben Maxwell

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    2 goals and an assist tonight for the Kootenay Ice. Has been mentioned before as a top 15 candidate but rarely gets the nod for the top 10, despite being a better player than guys like Staal (IMO) who are in there. So, with a big season could he rise up the ranks or is it a little too early?
     
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    I havent heard of him. His points dont look that great. But i shouldnt say that because i've never seen him play.

    I loved what i saw from Brian Little though. He looks like a good goal scorer. Is he considered top 10?
     
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    I've seen em' in the top 5 and then not even in the top 10 other times. He's pretty small at 5'10''.
     
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    IMO he could be competing with Kessel for the first spot, although thats unlikely. I think he's considered a top ten right now, but the media will wake up and he'll be a consensus top five ala Johnson and Ryan in '05 right before the draft.
     
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    i agree with your post i think he will go after kessel,frolik,and towes at no 4 overall.but he could play awsome and steal the show.
     
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    Well, Maxwell had a pretty unimpressive season last year, which is probably why he isn't considered a consenus top 10. Yeah, he was buried behind some veterans in Kootenay and didn't get top 6 icetime or linemates, but if you play well enough you start to get those things. I do think that Maxwell has the talent to be a mid to high first round pick if he can produce this year, which I think he will. You really can't blame anyone for not having him higher though after last season.
     
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    I think a lot will depend on how much bulk he's added. Based on last year's viewings, he's one of those guys who are slightly built (6'0 180) and weak on the puck, and isn't an overly great skater. Those guys have a tendancy to plummet through the draft (see Nick Drazenovic). But often the difference between a player at 16 and 17 is huge, and if he's come back this year with an extra inch and 10-15 lbs, and some extra zip in his skating stride, it'll be a different story. He's definitely shown a lot of talent at lower levels. Difficult to comment until actually seeing him.
     
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    He certainly needs to get stronger, but let's not compare him to Nick Drazenovic, that's just mean. ;) (I know you weren't, just an example of that type of player falling). To be honest I hadn't really thought of him as a small player, just young.
     
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