D-L / 6-2.25, 206 / 03-Jan-91
Skating: 65 / Skill: 60 / Sense: 60 / Compete: 60 / Tough: 65
Strengths: Excellent strength and great improvement in physical presence this season. Good hands and a big shot from the point.
Weaknesses: Still a bit raw and will need development time. First step quickness and speed could be better.
One of the most improved players this season. Has a fair amount of two-way upside. Solid in own end, uses the body effectively. Good upper body strength. Decisive with the puck and has a good passing touch from his own end. More of a puck mover than rusher. Forward stride looks a little odd to me, but overall mobility is a plus. Has some PP upside - has a heavy, hard shot but needs to use it more.
Summary: Good improvement trajectory this season and has a lot of projectables.
Draft Day: Looks like a lock for at least the tail end of the first round. Strong performance at U-18 in Fargo could bump him up to near mid-1st round consideration. Will start looking like a steal anywhere beyond about 25-28 overall.