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    I just hope the Kings take a guy who doesn't need to work on foot speed for once.

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    This thread will remain unstickied until the playoffs are over.
    at the draft party a couple of years ago, and under a considerable haze, i heard Birdman yell out the following (about 4 or 5 times, i think) - "don't marry yourselves to players!" he went on to reiterate that idea more than once on the boards, and i believe it to be absolutely sage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
    This thread will remain unstickied until the playoffs are over.
    Time to sticky...

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    Two teams I know have major interest in Scherbak include the Rangers and Kings.
    This is from a legit guy on HFBoards prospect board, he covers the WHL and talks to scouts regularly. Apparently a Kings scout also raved about Kapanen, but he's probably going to be gone way before the Kings pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nki View Post
    This is from a legit guy on HFBoards prospect board, he covers the WHL and talks to scouts regularly. Apparently a Kings scout also raved about Kapanen, but he's probably going to be gone way before the Kings pick.
    Of realistic players available, Scherbak is one of the players I REALLY hope the Kings get. Him, McCann, or Fabbri are fantastic prospects who are realistic targets for the Kings in the first round.

    TonellisGhost on HFBoards also mentioned the Kings are interested in McKeown; I'm a bit ambivalent on him.
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    I think McKeown would have value, 6'1 190lbs defensemen with that kind of skating ability are quite valuable and he has decent hockey IQ to boot. But yeah, he should be more engaged than he is, I haven't seen him have a bad game, but you always come away wanting a bit more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nki View Post
    I think McKeown would have value, 6'1 190lbs defensemen with that kind of skating ability are quite valuable and he has decent hockey IQ to boot. But yeah, he should be more engaged than he is, I haven't seen him have a bad game, but you always come away wanting a bit more.
    You have described him more succinctly than I ever hoped to. I agree 100%

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    Julius Honka


    BIO
    DOB: 12/3/95
    Height: 5’10
    Weight: 180
    Team: Swift Current Broncos
    Position: Defense
    Shoots: Right

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 11th among North American skaters

    Articles
    Honka arrived in Swift Current this fall and immediately went to work, piling up points from the blueline thanks to his puckhandling skills and excellent skating ability. His vision and escapability make him a prototypical offensive defenseman and his 12 goals and 39 points through 38 games put him second among all Western League rookies. Needless to say, the move from Finland has worked out.
    The NHL Prospect Hot List: Julius Honka golden for Broncos | Post-to-Post

    "He's been as good as advertised," Lamb said. "He was just so good in training camp. His skating and his puck handling and his shot, he was way ahead of everybody. … You wonder, can he take it into the regular season and do it, but the biggest thing is how he practices and what he can do in practice, that's where you really get a good look at this kid. He's got some God-given talent that a lot of kids don't have. He's very high end.
    "What he's done offensively, the points are one thing, but he creates so many chances. He's got that amount of points, he could have had a heck of a lot more."
    Move to North America suited Julius Honka's style of play - Prospects

    My Take
    Honka is one of those player where, if he was a couple inches bigger, he would undoubtedly be in the conversation as a top pick in the draft. This is a fearless kid who is exceptionally mobile, and very dangerous in the offensive zone and transition.

    He is used in all situations. While he doesn’t quite understand all the nuances of strong defensive play, he has shown some solid understanding and flashes of brilliance. He isn’t the most physical player, but has, like Kings player Slava Voynov, used his body well enough to separate the player from the puck. He does also actively use his stick.

    He would be a steal in the second round, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go in the first.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    WJC U-20: 7 GP, 0g, 1a, 1 pt, 6 PIM, +1
    WHL Regular: 62 GP, 16g, 40a, 56 pts, 52 PIM, 10 PIM
    WHL Playoffs: 6 GP, 2g, 0a, 2 pts, 6 PIM, -5

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    Brycen Martin


    BIO
    DOB: 5/9/96
    Height: 6’1
    Weight: 195 lbs.
    Team: Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
    Position: Defense
    Shoots: Left

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    Central Scouting: 26th among North American skaters

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    A steady, smart player who skates well, plays a strong game in his own end, and can move the puck up the ice quickly, Martin has more than earned his place in the BMO CHL / NHL Top Prospects lineup. As the sixth-highest ranked defenceman in NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rakings of North American skaters, he’ll certainly have a lot of eyes on him when he hits the ice on Wednesday night.

    “Brycen is a very appealing player because you don’t often see him make mistakes out there,” said Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting. “He’s got very good hockey sense, he’s a strong skater, and he moves the puck well…he has all the ingredients of today’s NHL defenceman.
    TOP PROSPECTS SPOTLIGHT: Brycen Martin

    Sometimes plus-minus ratings can be deceptive. In Martin’s case, it was well-earned — a perfect storm of untimely giveaways and other assorted defensive zone miscues to kick off the new year for the projected first-round NHL draft pick.

    “It comes (to mind) sometimes but I have to (force) it to the back of my mind that the scouts come to watch me play,” said Martin. “I have to play to the best of my ability and if I do that then hopefully it helps the team too.

    “I’m very hard on myself and at the same time, I think that’s what’s got me to where I am today and brought me success.”
    Hopefully, Broncos and Martin are back on the right track - Prairie Post

    My Take
    Brycen Martin has a very solid, projectable frame, coupled with good mobility in all directions. What is most impressive with him is he identified the loss of a couple key players on defense will require him to play bigger minutes. Instead of just letting things fall his way, he worked in the offseason to improve his all-around strength to thrive in these situations. That awareness and maturity for a younger player is very commendable.

    In terms of style of play, Martin is an active defenseman in all three zones. He initiates contact without hesitation on the backend, and also jumps up on the play when the puck goes the other way. He is very decisive with the puck.

    He does need to learn to settle down a little. He’s made plenty of bad plays in the games I’ve seen. He was beaten a couple times one-on-one by just being too aggressive with the puck carrier. He also had some key giveaways and miscues in zone coverage. These can be corrected with more experience and savvy, so don’t let the mistakes of a young player in a key role scare you off from a potentially solid prospect.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    WHL Season: 72 GP, 6g, 31a, 37 pts, 42 PIM, -16
    WHL Playoffs: 6 GP, 0g, 2a, 2 pts, 4 PIM, +0
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    To complete my trio of Swift Current defensemen...

    Brett Lernout


    BIO
    DOB: 9/24/95
    Height: 6’4
    Weight: 206
    Team: Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
    Position: Defense
    Shoots: Right

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 52nd among North American skaters

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    "He's a big kid, tough and nasty," Central Scouting's B.J. MacDonald told NHL.com. "He's hard to play against and a good physical presence. He just needs to keep his game simple and safe to be effective at this point. His puck movement is safe and adequate, and he's able to box out forwards well in front of his own goal. His mobility should improve over the course of the season with playing time. I think he has good upside and I can see someone possibly stepping up and taking him earlier than projected."
    Prospector Files: A-listers impress at selection camp - Calgary Flames - Future Watch

    Lernout's 7 points and 41 penalty minutes so far this season more than eclipse the 2 points nad 28 minutes he had in his rookie season. He is also a +7 in 24 games compared to -4 as a rookie.

    "He's really stepped it up and really been able to step in there and be a really good penalty killer for us," said Broncos Assistant Coach Jamie Heward. "He's big, he's tall and strong and he's got a big reach. That's what you need in a penalty killer."
    Lernout Enjoying More Ice, Broncos Visit Calgary - Sports News - Swiftcurrentonline.com

    My Take
    Brett Lernout is a noticeably big kid out there. Standing at 6’4, his mobility would naturally be one of the bigger question marks, but he gets around pretty well. He plays with a mean streak, and crushes hapless players who don’t keep their heads up with big hits. He often makes smart decisions to stand up at the blue line to break up the play.

    The biggest knock on him is his creativity. He’s a player who will thrive more with simple, set plays, as opposed to expecting him to think of creative ways to get out of trouble. He would fit well in the Kings, simply because of their systemic style of play. He’s not very offensively minded, either.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    WHL Regular: 72 GP, 8g, 14a, 22 pts, 103 PIM, +7
    WHL Playoffs: 6 GP, 0g, 1a, 1 pt, 0 PIM, -1
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