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    More opinions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brock Otten, OHL Prospects
    Jacob Middleton is the one that really stands out. I don't have him incredibly high, but I do think that he deserves to be higher than where CSS has him ranked. It's tough being the top defenseman (as a young player) on a bottom of the standings team.
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    Mr. Irrelevant strikes again...
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    Middleton is a very good prospect, who played on the same pairing with the Kings second round pick, Lintuniemi.

    My biggest criticism of Middleton is his hands are too slow for his head. You can see him make decisions with the puck that, when they connect, are smart and simple. However, the execution doesn't always happen. Positionally, he's solid. Works hard.
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    He fell hard in the rankings:

    Quote Originally Posted by http://stateofhockeynews.com
    2. #172NA Jacob Middleton (D, Ottawa) ~ The 67′s defenseman plummeted 85 spots after being rated 87th in Central Scouting’s Mid-term rankings.
    Once upon a time he was expected to shine:

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    TOP 5 DEFENCEMEN (NOV. 2012 ISS RANKINGS IN PARENTHESES)

    Aaron Ekblad – Ontario (No. 1)
    total package on the blue-line … understands the game better than most … intelligent in all zones … powerful stride … tremendous poise … outstanding strength … extremely high hockey IQ … makes crisp passes

    Roland McKeown – Ontario (No. 4)
    smooth skater … very composed … handles the puck and makes plays with poise … very mobile … very good puck-moving instincts … competes at a high level … plays in all situations … possesses a ton of physical tools

    Brycen Martin – Pacific (No. 6)
    offensive-minded defenceman … rarely makes bad decisions with the puck … good point shot … competes at a high level … likes to jump into the rush … very good passer … tremendous power play quarterback

    Jordan Thomson – West (No. 9)
    offensive defenceman … smooth skater … excellent vision … supremely-skilled passer … can create offence out of nothing … enhanced recovery ability … moves incredibly well … confident with the puck … mature

    Jacob Middleton – Ontario (No. 13)
    big body … excellent leadership skills … extremely competitive … does not lose many puck battles … good collection of physical tools … very mobile … plays with poise … active stick … takes away time and space well
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    Well, as Mr. Irrelevant, again, a very worthy pick to take a shot with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasHockey View Post
    Well, as Mr. Irrelevant, again, a very worthy pick to take a shot with.
    I think it's always a good idea to use those "throw-away" picks on a toolsy defenseman. The way (most) defensemen leisurely develop, it's pretty common for great ones to emerge outside of the top rounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolvie View Post
    He fell hard in the rankings:



    Once upon a time he was expected to shine:
    I'm liking what the Kings have picked up on defense. Some good things coming in the future for the Kings.

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    Sounds like a good pick for the last one in the draft. And DL did a good job getting D of all shapes and sizes to restock the prospect pool

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    Sounds a lot to me like a young Willie Mitchell during his early development. Mitchell was selected in the 8th round at 199th overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.
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    Entered the season with lofty expectations, but laboured through a very tumultuous campaign, forced to handle the brunt of both the offensive and defensive assignments on a rebuilding 67's squad which in the end was too much responsibility for him to bear .. excelled in a defensive landscape as a crease clearer, using his size to box out opponents .. at his best when he plays a tough, strong willed and studious game .. claimed three fighting majors including tilt at the Top Prospects Game against Haydon (Niagara) .. needs work on his skating as too often he was beaten to the outside .. pivoting, first step quickness, lateral mobility and lengthening his stride are all areas he needs to address .. lacks elite offensive puck skills but his ability to make a good outlet pass and unleash a booming slap shot at the point makes him a viable powerplay option .. brings an honest and contagious work ethic as there is no shortage in his compete level .. learning through trial by fire this year, Middleton is raw but has attractive attributes to be a shut-down defender if he can continue to work on his puck skills.
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