Prospect Info: 22nd Overall Tobias Bjornfot, Defence

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  1. Fishhead Registered User

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    Maybe he's not showing much in practice or just getting outplayed by other guys. Hard to say, most of us only see the games and not anything else. Could also be a top minutes vs. 10 minutes thing.
     
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    Defensively, he was a liability and me thinks TMac has settled on who his guys are and will roll with that. As some have said, no reason to keep him up if he isn’t playing so off to Ontario he went and he went off... let’s hope he keeps it up and capitalized on his next opportunity
     
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    I read a quote from TM that said he's not so much practice guy and needs games to get going. He was sent down with a clear statement saying that he's an NHL player and will be back soon enough.
     
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    Been a while since we bumped this ol steady future defenseman...



    “He’s a special player,” LaDue said of his teammate. “I don’t think he’ll be in this league for long and I’m happy to play with him. I’m happy to try to help him out as much as I can throughout his first year and he helps me out too with the way he plays. It’s been going well so far.”

    As you watch Bjornfot on the ice, it’s hard to think sometimes that he’s just 18 years old. When I asked Reign Head Coach Mike Stothers, he gave a glowing review of the progress that Bjornfot has made in his short time with the Reign.

    “He plays like a seasoned veteran, like you’d never know that this was his first year,” Stothers said of Bjornfot. “If you asked, people wouldn’t guess that he’s 18 years of age. It’s a terrific quality that he has, that he plays an efficient game that makes you think that he’s older and more experienced that he is.”
     
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    This is the Voynov path. I feel good about this kid's future here.
     
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    I hope not...I do not see him in the AHL 3 years, like Voynov...and never being lax in play, like Voynov was the last 1+ years or EVER
    pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs. No, Tobias is a leader and has character. Plays hard every shift and will wear an A one day.
     
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    This kid is going to be a stud. Sooner than later IMO. Said this in the prospects thread.
     
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    I'm ready for a Bjornfot-Drysdale if we land him
     
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    We'll be seeing you soon, Tobias! He and LaDue lead the Reign D in +/-.

    I feel for Paul LaDue. Top D in Ontario, but gets only two games with the Kings. Just behind Clague in points, but way ahead of Clague in +/-. What does this guy have to do to make it to the show?
     
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    maybe show an ounce of that game during his 69 games played in the NHL.
     
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    I don't get that. Stat line looks decent. 5 goals, 18 points in 69 games, pretty typical of an NHL defenseman. Generally on the plus side of most advanced stats. Doesn't get scored on often. Exits the zone efficiently, wins his share of board battles. What's the problem? Can't suck any worse than the other stiffs on the Kings, right?

    I don't want to turn this into a LaDue thread. Just saying he's deserved better. Gonna lose him for nothing in two months.
     
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    I agree that I would rather see him than some of the guys in the lineup, but I also think he has had a good enough look through different coaches and has not stuck for a reason. If he leaves he leaves, I don't think LaDue is what LA is missing on the back end anyway. I did have high hopes for him though
     
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    Yea I had high hopes for him also. He showed a lot of potential his first call up. Was a bit soft in his own zone but nothing that couldnt be worked out. I was mad when he scored in that Vegas series, something our forwards couldn't do, then got benched. Its just strange how some players are given a much longer leash to develop. Muzzin was pretty bad early on and they stuck with him. At a high level like the NHL where everyone is skilled, the confidence of your coach can go a long way.
    In the end I think both Walker and Roy are going to turn into what we expected from LaDue.
    Hope LaDue can get a contract and break through on another team, though the damage might already be done.
     
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    I'm kind of a dick where if it doesn't/didn't happen with LA I don't want it to with a competitor's team. I wanted to cheer and hope for Gravel too...till he signed in Edmonton.
     
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    Gravel's got extra circumstances, though, with his illness. I sympathize with that, and wish him well regardless.
     
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    "I'm loving the praise guys but this ain't no LaDue thread" - real life quote
     
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    Definitely didn't see a LaDue/Bearfoot bromance coming along but I like it.
     
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    Bjornfot/LaDue have been the top pairing in ONT all season. They are Stutts go-to pair. A shout out to LaDue for being a good mentor. Bjornfot is well-advanced in his D reads as an 18 year old pro. You'd just never guess he was that old. He's progressing very nicely. Smooth skater, strong hockey IQ. Not overly physical, but uses his positioning well. He's more advanced defensively then Anderson (who has a good foundation but needs more seasoning) or Clague (who is capable at times but inconsistent on D). I believe Bjornfot will be given an opportunity to make the big club next year at 19. Clague also, but he's got to improve his D. I predict Anderson will play another season in the AHL. My only criticism of Bjornfot is I'd like him to read the speed of the game a tad quicker on the transition. There are numerous players in the AHL that are just as fast as the NHLers, and he gets beat sometimes on the outside to the front of the net on the rush. Happens to everyone from time to time, but Bjornfot skates well enough to prevent most of these.
     
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    Bjornfot just turned 19, and very well could be seeing top 4 minutes next season.

     
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    That would be a major departure from how successful NHL defensemen like Martinez and Voynov were brought along by the Kings.
     
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    Bjornfot isn’t going to be playing in the minors for four seasons. Erik Cernak only needed one season in the AHL and he quickly became a top 4 defenseman in Tampa Bay. Not every player develops along the same curve.
     
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    It's worth noting that Cernak has 3" of height on Bjornfot, and he walked into a dominant roster that could back him up as needed. It's not just Hedman, it's guys like Cirelli and Point as premier 2-way centers as well with the best overall depth in the league.

    After Kopitar and Doughty, it drops off quite a bit in terms of skill and/or experience.
     
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    I get that, but Bjornfot excelling as a rookie on a largely inexperienced team in Ontario shows that he’s making strides to be an NHLer next season. It’s possible they give that spot to Clague, but Ontario is getting crowded and they need to test and challenge some of these guys to perform at a higher level, which is exactly what they’ve done with Mikey Anderson.
     
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    I agree, Bjornfot won't be in Ontario for four seasons. That doesn't mean he should be rushed into the NHL next season.
     

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