Sunday, June 14, 2009

Dillon, Brenden - D - Seattle WHL

Brenden Dillon / Seattle Thunderbirds WHL

D-L / 6-2.25, 202 / 13-Nov-90

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

Strengths: Good upper body strength. Competes. Reasonably solid in his own end.

Weaknesses: Limited overall upside. Not much skill level.

Skating improved quite a bit this season, but still only average skater at best. Not a lot of puck skill. Sometimes shows a good first pass, but it's too frequently erratic.

Best qualities are good size and strength and a consistently high effort level. Uses the body effectively. Usually reliable in the d-zone, but does wander at times. Just isn't physically aggressive enough to draw much interest for me as a prospect - I prefer stay-at-home prospects who have at least some toughness. A supposedly big, rugged blueliner better drop the gloves more than twice in a whole season if you ask me.

Summary: This is a very good junior stay-at-home d-man, but that's all I see. I would argue for a camp invite on this guy, but it wouldn't matter - he's going to get drafted.

Draft Day: I'll be awfully surprised if he lives up to Central's mid-term ranking and goes in the early rounds. He'll slot closer to their Final ranking. Likely be a mid- or late-rounder.

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