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    Quote Originally Posted by Kubrick View Post
    Hey, KP, this isn't Kings draft related but do you think any of the top 3/4 picks project to be Franchise players?
    Since I didn't expect the Kings to get any of the top 3/4 picks, I really have not watched them that much. I really try to just focus in on singular players who could fall to the Kings. So... I can't give a very good answer based off my viewings. With what I HAVE seen though, Bennett is a very skilled player, but I am not too fond of his tendency to... embellish a bit. Leon Draisaitl... I think he holds onto the puck too much. I think he will have a bit of a slower start to his NHL career until he gets used to getting rid of the puck at better times, but if he "gets it" then he could be a great pick for whomever grabs him.

    Sam Reinhart is an incredible prospect with superb vision. I was watching a Calgary/Kootenay playoff game and when it's time for a big game, Reinhart singlehandedly dismantled the Calgary defense.

    I have not seen any Barrie games yet, so I can't comment on Ekblad, and only had a couple glimpses of Dal Colle, so I really can't comment on them.

    From what I've read and/or seen, however, it seems Ekblad and Reinhart are expected to be franchise players. Bennett has been compared to Doug Gilmour and people think he will be a franchise player, while people have compared Draisaitl to Kopitar... and I'm a lot less confident in those projections, at least with my small sample size of viewings.
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    Great draft!

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    Now that all is lost, this thread needs a bump.

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    Does that mean that King'sPawn will have to change his handle to Wife'sPawn?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzzerson View Post
    Does that mean that King'sPawn will have to change his handle to Wife'sPawn?
    Thankfully she's been a pretty good sport. Even when I watch games at 1 or 2 in the morning and she has to wake up in a few hours

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    Jared McCann

    BIO
    DOB: 5/31/96
    Height: 6’0
    Weight: 179
    Team: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 10th among North American skaters

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    McCann has already developed a strong-two way game and has become a strong penalty killer for the Greyhounds, as well as the centre who plays against the other team’s best line every night. He brings his non-stop work ethic in all three zones, and is extremely gritty. He shows a dogged determination to take the puck off of his opponents, and battles every step of the way.

    McCann is a very well-rounded player already, and shows rare defensive maturity for a 17-year-old.

    Stylistically, McCann can be compared to Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins. Remember that this is just a style comparison and not a talent one. In terms of potential, his ceiling is likely to be a second line centre who can play against the other team’s top line every night, while still contributing in the offensive end of the ice.
    http://lastwordonsports.com/2014/04/...-jared-mccann/

    Jared McCann is a speedy center who plays for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the OHL. While he hasn't produced as many points as most top prospects he has the ability to be a solid offensive contributor due to his high hockey IQ, speed and passing, while also playing a responsible defensive game. Furthermore, he has shown the desire to battle for his team and go to the dirty areas to get things done.
    2014 NHL Draft Profile: Jared McCann - On the Forecheck

    My Take
    Jared McCann shows some amazing hockey sense and anticipation in almost every shift. While he’s quick, he makes himself appear even faster, because he just knows where to go ahead of time. He skates and sees the ice very well, he controls the puck at top speed, and he can fire off hard and accurate shots very quickly.

    He’s active and disciplined defensively, although very inconsistent in the physical department. He utilizes his anticipation and first step quickness to break up plays and clog up lanes.

    He does need to improve in a few areas. As stated above, physicality is a big issue. Improving strength so he can contain players along the boards will make him a much better all - around player. He also tends to be a bit too ambitious with his long stretch passes, giving the opposition control of the puck.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    Ivan Hlinka U-18: 5 GP, 1g, 0a, 1 pt, 0 PIM, +0
    OHL Regular: 64 GP, 27g, 35a, 62 pts, 51 PIM, +9
    OHL Playoffs: 9 GP, 2g, 5a, 7 pts, 4 PIM, -1
    WJC U-18: 7 GP, 1g, 2a, 3 pts, 6 PIM, +2

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    Blake Siebenaler

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    DOB: 2/27/96
    Height: 6’0
    Weight: 192
    Team: Niagara Icedogs (OHL)
    Position: Defenseman
    Shoots: Right

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 55th among North American skaters

    Articles
    "He's been a nice surprise for us," IceDogs coach-GM Marty Willamson says. "I saw him in the summer, kind of wanted to get him here. We thought we were losing him to NCAA. He made the commitment. He's been a forward who transitioned back to defence about two years ago. I thought he had a forward's mentality, but we've found the opposite. He's been really good defensively. He's picked his times [to join offensive rushes]. As his confidence keeps growing, we've got a pretty good hockey player there."

    Siebenaler reportedly had interest from the University of Michigan. Choosing the OHL was a choice he and his parents, Julie and Robert, made after deep consideration.

    "It's the best league to come to if you want to go to the NHL," Blake says. "It's a big decision for me, this is the place to be."
    https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/juniorho...hockey,wp27192

    Siebenaler is an excellent skater; he has a real fluid motion and gets up the ice quick. He is able to create turnovers in his own zone and rather than pass to his inferior line mates he simply carries the puck out of trouble. Not only does he take it out of his own zone, he has good stick handling and puck control which allow him to carry the puck through the neutral zone and into the offensive zone. He along with Dunn are a big reason why Niagara gets any chances from their secondary lines. From what I've seen of his shot it’s decent but nothing special. He doesn’t get a lot of chances to shoot however as he is the one who has to create the scoring chances. He doesn’t have line mates who can set him up consistently.
    Backhand Bar Down: Draft Profile – Blake Siebenaler

    My Take
    Siebenaler really makes himself stand out on the ice with his top notch skating ability with and without the puck. He glides so effortlessly but always seems to be at top speed. As a recent change from forward to defensemen, he has learned to apply the offensive abilities in his new role very well. He carried the puck up the ice and stickhandles around the opposition, and he has a very good shot from the point.

    Speaking strictly from an offensive standpoint, he is a very good prospect and someone worth drafting and developing.

    Defensively, he’s a work in progress, which is to be expected for someone who used to be a forward. He can get beaten in one-on-one battles, and at times has been caught covering a player who was already covered, leaving other players and passing lanes open unnecessarily. It’s experience a team has to be willing to let him have.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    OHL Regular: 68 GP, 6g, 24a, 30 pts, 24 PIM, -16
    OHL Playoffs: 7 GP, 1g, 4a, 5 pts, 2 PIM, +4
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    Default Prospect with Helium: Warren Foegele

    Kyle Woodlief, USA Today (3/2/14)
    It's easy to dismiss a good hockey player playing at a lower level as excelling because of inferior competition. But it's hard not to come away impressed with Warren Foegele of St. Andrews College.

    Passed over twice in the Ontario Hockey League draft, Foegele turned to the unlikely route of Ontario high school hockey. This late bloomer, who went from 5-8 as a minor midget to 6-1 today, is making some noise that will likely intensify as the draft nears.

    His impressive offensive numbers speak for themselves. But there's more to his game than numbers. He plays a full 200-foot game, working as hard defensively as offensively. Foegele has excellent speed with his long, strong stride. He has excellent puck skills and soft hands. His lower body strength is exceptional and he gets very low when he has the puck on his stick, making him tough to check. His grit/compete level is very high, and while he doesn't run players over, he does finish checks hard.

    Still, Red Line staff members are split on Foegele's eventual offensive upside. While we like that he isn't afraid to go to the middle of the ice in heavy traffic to create scoring chances, we're not fully convinced about his offensive instincts and natural hockey sense. Those are the facets of his game we'll be focusing on as his season winds down over the next month.

    Bob McKenzie TSN.ca (1/13/14)
    Some scouts have been buzzing about his play of late, a fast-skating, hard-working, two-way left winger. Adding to the chatter is the fact he's one of those seeming "come out of nowhere" kids who's playing at a level of hockey in Canada that doesn't usually attract many, if any, NHL scouts.

    Some scouts have wondered aloud whether Foegele may be this year's version of Mark Jankowski, the Calgary Flames' surprise first-round pick, 21st overall, in 2012 from Stanstead College in Quebec, who's now developing and playing well at Providence College.

    A flash survey of NHL scouts puts Foegele in potential second or third-round territory for this year's draft. While some have projected him to go later than that, no more than a mid-round prospect, some of those who rank him as a possible second-rounder believe he has the tools to perhaps trend even higher.
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    Brendan Lemieux

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    DOB: 3/15/96
    Height: 6’0
    Weight: 206
    Team: Barrie Colts (OHL)
    Position: Forward
    Shoots: Left

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    Central Scouting: 28th among North American skaters

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    "I'm playing my best when I'm playing playoff-style hockey," Lemieux said. "That type of hockey includes making simple and smart plays and scoring a clutch goal every so often. It also means getting under the skin of the opposition, getting them agitated, really working hard and playing good defense."

    Sound familiar? It should. Claude Lemieux made a living out of making life miserable for the opposition as public agitator No. 1. He was a player you would much rather have playing for you than against you.
    Brendan Lemieux living up to family name in Barrie - 2014 NHL Draft

    Brendan was listed at No. 38 among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings, but he points to his father as proof that draft position is just a number.

    “There were probably three or four guys that ended up with longer careers than him of all those guys that went ahead of him,” Lemieux said. “That’s the kind of guy I want to be. I want to be the guy that just works his way and gets to the National Hockey League. A workhorse, that’s what I pride myself on.

    “That’s one thing my dad has really instilled in me — the hardest-workers, the guys have that have the most drive, are always the guys that end up on top.”
    Barrie Colts' Brendan Lemieux looking to follow in father's footsteps | Hockey | Sports | Calgary Sun

    My Take
    Lemieux is a chip off the old block – notorious NHL pest Claude Lemieux. He thrives in the role as an agitator, and has a solid build for a young player to back it up. In one shift, he tried chirping one of the opposition’s best players into a fight. When the player skated off, Lemieux waited for an opportunity to deliver a dangerous open ice hit away from the puck, which goaded a different player into fighting him. After fighting the player, who was four inches taller, Lemieux proceeded to point up to the scoreboard to remind the opposition who was winning. This is just one example of his liberties taken against the opposition.

    From an offensive point of view, Lemieux is tenacious on the forecheck and is certainly a “shoot first” player. He gets quick shots off on the rush, handcuffing goalies and creating rebounds for teammates to jump on.

    Defensively, he tends to watch the play and stop moving his feet on the back check. He does get used at times on the penalty kill, so he does have the trust of the coach to play in priority situations… but he needs to provide better support on the back check.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    Ivan Hlinka U-18: 5 GP, 1g, 1a, 2 pts, 4 PIM, +1
    OHL Regular: 65 GP, 27g, 26a, 53 pts, 145 PIM, -7
    OHL Playoffs: 11 GP, 7g, 3a, 10 pts, 16 PIM, -1

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    John Quenneville


    BIO
    DOB: 4/16/96
    Height: 6’0
    Weight: 182
    Team: Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
    Position: Forward
    Shoots: Left

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 23rd among North American skaters

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    [quote] “He’s an industrial forward that has the ability to create offense from below the goal line while displaying good open ice skills.” said Herasymiuk. “He’s a solid skater that uses his balance and wide shoulders to fend off opponents and he has a deceivingly hard shot on both the forehand and backhand.”

    Quenneville strives to be an effective three zone hockey player, but still lacks all the refined tools needed to do so.

    “He will definitely need to work on his foot speed while continuing to develop his effectiveness as a 200-foot player,” added Herasymiuk. [quote]

    Wheat Kings duo sharing draft dream - Future Considerations - Future Considerations

    "I knew coming into the season that I had to make up a lot of ground for last year, I missed a lot of games and didn't have the season I wanted to," said Quenneville in a recent interview, "I think I've come out to a first half and little bit of the second half of the season that I've played well and I've gained a lot of confidence."
    Luber's Lounge: More Props for Wheat Kings' Quenneville

    My Take
    Quenneville is one of the under-the-radar types of players, because he never does anything that wows you. He’s the nephew of Johnny Boychuk and the second cousin to head coach Joel Quenneville, so there’s a wealth of experience in the family to help him develop away from the rink.

    He’s very patient with the puck and can fire off a shot through traffic on net. His passes are safe and smart, and he battles hard for the puck, but I haven’t seen him get into any shenanigans. He’s also a very defensively responsible player, who will only improve as he gets more experience and coaching in the professional ranks. He’s a very cerebral player.

    What I find most troublesome is he lacks explosiveness. Whether it’s conditioning or a personality trait, he fails to play at a high octane level, which I think could lead to a fall in the draft. But if he figures it out, he could be quite a steal.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    WHL Regular: 61 GP, 25g, 33a, 58 pts, 71 PIM, +3
    WHL Playoffs: 9 GP, 5g, 8a, 13 pts, 10 PIM, +4
    WJC U-18: 7 GP, 1g, 1a, 2 pts, 16 PIM, +1
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