Jake Gardiner

Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by Vladimir Tarasenko*, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. as a Leaf fan I wanna know more about him. Can any ducks fans or anyone that has seen him play tell me a little? apparently he's a 8.0C on hockey future's and listed as anaheim's 2nd best prospect, and is probably the leaf's 2nd best prospect now as-well.

    I know he was a 1st rounder and having a solid season in NCAA
     
  2. TOML

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    2yrs away from regular duty.

    5yrs away from making a fantasy impact.
     
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    Could he be a potential Kaberle replacement?
     
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    I wouldn't expect that type of offensive ability.
     
  5. he has 30 points in 30 games, +18 in the ncaa, 2nd in scoring amonst d-men and is described as an OFD on hf so hopefully he can turn out to be a pretty decent offensive guy
     
  6. From what I've heard his potential is a Francois Beauchemin type of guy. That's not a bad thing. A top four two-way defenseman.
     
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    You guys have Blacker...he's been great in Owen Sound this year.
     
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    Can't remember, did he play with Team USA at the WJC last year or the year before?
     
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    The problem with Gardiner is that he will take time to develop. He has all the tools but not necessarily a toolbox. Asking Leaf Nation to be patient with a prospect is going to be hard, almost impossible.
     
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    Kid is a beautiful skater.
     
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    Ya, your best bet is to read McKenzie's article at tsn.ca....I mean seriously who knows more then that guy?
     
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    Sounds exciting, though a kid with no toolbox is usually a warning sign, a la Ric Jackman, Matt Lashoff, for example.
     
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    He's basically Fowler with a couple more years added to his age. You guys got a HELL of a steal.
     
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    yeah, no, he's not.
     
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    Nigel Williams....
     
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    i'm liking his potential, especially that he has great skating ability, a probable 40pt 2-way guy(possible#2?) if he makes it the nhl. i'd be willing to take time with him, because I think blacker is a similar prospect(and can develop together for 2 years in the ahl) but gardiner probably has a higher upside.
     
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    With Gardiner specifically, that problably won't be a problem. Aulie is going to play as soon as Mitchell clears waivers, and in preseason, Jesse Blacker arguably showed that he was capable of being an NHLer... the big thing was that with something like 15 defencemen under contract (Phaneuf, Beauchemin, Kaberle, Schenn, Komisarek, Lebda, Finger, Richmond, Lashoff, Holzer, Aulie, Gysbers, Mikus, Blacker), he was the only one eligible to play in junior.

    He's got an uphill battle to get on the Leafs roster unless they're dumb enough to lose Kaberle without replacing him.
     
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    smooth skating number 3 defensemen putting up 30 points
     
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    The Leaf board never seems to recognize him for some reason.
     
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    To be honest, Ducks lost this trade.

    I picture Gardiner as a more offensive Beauchemin who doesnt lack on the defensive end either. Like another poster mentioned, his skating is effortless, his strides are powerful, and he can push the puck out of his own zone.

    Just for Gardiner it probably wouldve been worth it to move Beauchemin, but the Leafs got Lupul and a pick added on.
     
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    I really know nothing about this kid except what I've read, but it sounds like he's a great skater with good size and solid offensive ability, decent defensively too, but needs to pack on a few more pounds and get a touch smarter with the puck. No problem with him spending next year in the AHL and taking it from there, we have plenty of young dmen in the system like Schenn, Gunnarsson, Aulie, Blacker, etc., so there's no rush with his development. If he can develop into a solid top 4 dman for us down the road that'd be great.
     
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    A Beauchemin who can skate like the wind and be a little more offensively capable is what I've heard. Hopefully he works out.
     
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    Also add in the Burke has had a hard on for Gardiner since his draft year...
     

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