2011 Prospect with best "hockey IQ"

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  1. essence of phoenix

    essence of phoenix Registered User

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    Hey all, just curious as to which prospect people are hearing has the most hockey smarts, that is the player who sees the ice well and always makes the right play in both the offensive and defensive zones?
     
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    Zibenjad sounds like a highly intelligent player, as does Larsson. And maybe no so coincidentally, both are based out of Sweden.
     
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    Sean Couturier has a very good hockey IQ.
     
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    RNH has had his hockey IQ compared to Wayne. He dominates this question by MULTIPLE miles.
     
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    larsson ainec, one cute dangle on him doesnt make zibanejad smarter.
     
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    Nugent-Hopkins most easily. Ryan Murphy is probably 2nd.
     
  7. essence of phoenix

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    I guess I should clarify i'm a sharks fan so someone who might be available to them in the latter stages of the 1st round, thanks :)
     
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    Ryan Murphy and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are easily 1 and 2, in either order.
     
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    Dougie Hamilton is up there, Scheifele too.
     
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    Murphy, Huberdeau, RNH.
     
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    Here is my top 5:

    1. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
    2. Ryan Murphy
    3. Adam Larsson
    4. Ryan Strome
    5. Sean Couturier
     
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    Probably some kid that will be picked in rounds 4-6 out of one of the obscure leagues. In 4-5 years he breaks in, makes a name for himself, largely because of hockey sense most scouts didn't have enough viewings to properly evaluate.

    Hockey sense takes a while to accurately evaluate.

    Interesting someone noted that Swedes are often found to have high hockey sense...coincidentally they are always championed for being instilled with team concept from the beginning. Players with high hockey sense are basically masters of being able to mesh with the players around them, find the holes, the timing, and the right decisions.
     
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    In that case: Brodin, Ty Rattie, Zach Phillips?.......maybe St Croix but he'd be a pretty big reach there.
     
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    seems like setting the kid up to fail (in the sense of not living up to expectations).
     
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    Having watched all these players, I agree with this list. Although, only to appease the HF crowd, I might replace Strome with Zibanejad.
     
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    I generally find that out after Detroit finishes it's draft...thats who they always pick.
     
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    lets not get carried away
     

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