Tyler Schmidt / Tri-City Americans WHL
D-L / 6-0, 198 / 13-Apr-1990
Skating: 45 / Skill: 40 / Sense: 55 / Compete: 60 / Tough: 70
Strengths: Excellent strength. Very effective physically. Solid in his own zone.
Weaknesses: Small frame for the style he plays. Puck skill is limited.
Want to like this player more, but is just too much of a tweener for the pro game. Excellent strength and gets really good leverage against forwards in the crease. Punishing hitter along the boards. Dropped the gloves more this season, but still didn't see him stick up for teammates consistently.
Summary: Had high hopes for this player coming into this season, but just didn't show enough improvement with the puck to justify moving up the rankings. Hard to argue to an NHL GM they should spend a high pick on a 6-foot stay at home defenceman.
Target/Want: Middle rounds. If he slides to the fifth, I might start arguing for him.