Monday, June 02, 2008

Holtby, Braden - G - Saskatoon

Braden Holtby / Saskatoon Blades WHL
G-L / 6-1, 205 / 16-Sep-1989

Quickness: 70 / Glove: 70 / Reads: 45 / Technique: 35 / Poise: 30

Strengths: Great natural quickness. Glove and leg quickness is outstanding. Game stealing ability. Strong finish to season. Competes.

Weaknesses: Streaky. Makes himself small. May need a lot of technical coaching. Poor puckhandler.

Some of the best natural athleticism and overall quickness I've seen from a WHL goaltender in a long time. When he's on, he's the best goaltender in the league. When he's not on, he can be awful. Does not react to giving up goals well.

Summary: Great natural ability and hope for some mental maturity in the future give him a lot of upside.

Target/Want: If Pickard is gone, I would hope to steal this guy with a late 2nd or early 3rd.

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