Thursday, May 29, 2008

Stone, Michael - D - Calgary

Michael Stone / Calgary Hitmen WHL
D-R / 6-2.5, 200 / 07-Jun-1990

Skating: 35 / Skill: 60 / Sense: 45 / Compete: 50 / Tough: 35

Strengths: Big shot and loves to use it. Plays with a lot of confidence. Good frame.

Weaknesses: Treadmill stride, somewhat awkward pivots. Often an adventure defensively.

Inconsistent this season. Has some good PP upside, but is a long ways from fulfilling it. Does not move the puck smartly inside in the o-zone. Looks to shoot too much. Quick feet. good balance, but really needs to lengthen his stride.

Summary: Good offensive upside, but regressed a bit this season. Skating worries me. Gamble pick.

Target/Want: Will go higher than I'd want. Mid to late 3rd round is where I'd consider him.

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