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    Default Round 1, Pick #5: ALEX TURCOTTE

    Last edited by VegasHockey; June 21st, 2019 at 05:44 PM.

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    Kings need a young play making center.

    My question is, does he have speed and does he make players around him better? Kopitar is a good play maker but doesn't back off D and imo doesn't make players around him better. Look at all the wings have played with Kopi. Or is Cozens more of that speedy forward?

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    I posted this in the other thread a while back, but it's more relevant now...

    https://theathletic.com/988016/2019/...-top-prospect/

    A year and a half ago, when a different under-18 coaching staff was considering which under-17 standout (from a team of standouts) to call up a level, head coach Seth Appert says they settled on Turcotte as the second option to Hughes ? and over mega-talents like Cole Caufield or Trevor Zegras ? because his skills were the game-applicable kind for a team that wanted to win a world championship.Turcotte was the ?winner? of the bunch whose skills they felt translated to the hardest parts in big games.
    ?He?s got skills mixed with tenacity. And those guys never go away and they?re always there when you need them. That?s the beauty of Alex. He?s awesome, awesome, awesome,?
    Appert said.

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    Wroblewski, who calls Turcotte a tremendous young man who is ahead of his years, says the snarl Turcotte plays with is so noticeable that people fall into the trap of describing him as a ?200-foot guy, whereas I would describe him as an explosive, elite offensive player.

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    ?People overlook him. A lot of times they talk about his speed, or his drive, or his willingness to play a 200-foot game, which he has but I think an extremely understated part of his game is his playmaking ability. There?s not a guy on the team who doesn?t want to play with Alex.?
    His ceiling, they all agree, is higher than most think it is.
    ?Even though he?s going to be a top pick, I don?t think people realize, even now, in my opinion, how much potential he has,? Culik added.

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    Welcome to the team, Alex!

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    Per Luc, he is the best combination of speed and character, which were the two biggest boxes for them. They expected Turcotte to be gone, and Dach to be available, which is why they spent lots of time with him, but they are excited about Turcotte falling to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bojanglz View Post
    Kings need a young play making center.

    My question is, does he have speed and does he make players around him better? Kopitar is a good play maker but doesn't back off D and imo doesn't make players around him better. Look at all the wings have played with Kopi. Or is Cozens more of that speedy forward?
    Sidney Crosby has had numerous amounts of wingers in his career. So based on that analogy, Crosby doesn?t make players better.

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    Fantastic news. Spine! Spine! Spine!

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    Really pleased by this pick. Well done.

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    Snarl

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    Who does this description remind you of?

    USNTDP U18 coach John Wroblewski on Turcotte: “Sandpaper and silk. He’s the perfect blend of speed, skill and power. He’s kind of a Brad Marchand type who plays center. He’s got that 1-on-1 ability, he’s got a great shot in tight, unbelievable vision and he plays with an edge. His game is predicated on him driving the puck to the net and putting the opposition on their heels. His bravery combined with his speed makes him the player that he is.”

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