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    Default Round 1, Pick #8: BRANDT CLARKE

    Last edited by VegasHockey; July 23rd, 2021 at 06:13 PM.

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    Like that Kevin Weekes just said talking with a competitor of Clarke they couldn’t get a body on him or stop. Solid selection at this point.

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    Thanks Vegas for the links! Kings got a solid guy. Good luck and interesting kid. IIRC, The Athletic had a nice bio story on him going to Europe to play when the CHL shut down.

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    Solid pick, hopefully playing pro in Europe accelerates his progression. Looking forward to seeing him in camp.

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    Man his strides are weird looking. His edge work and shiftiness, and general gap control/movement seem pretty good though. If im not mistaken, Duncan Keith had the nickname of Bambi, and all i can think of with this guy is that he looks a bit like a baby deer (or giraffe) learning to walk...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helvetica View Post
    Man his strides are weird looking. His edge work and shiftiness, and general gap control/movement seem pretty good though. If im not mistaken, Duncan Keith had the nickname of Bambi, and all i can think of with this guy is that he looks a bit like a baby deer (or giraffe) learning to walk...
    Well, yeah, his skating is the knock on the kid. Needs to work on it. Great awareness, though. Very impressive in that regard. Doesn't panic with the puck, smooth, is able to make the right read quickly and has the skill to act on it. Hockey sense you just can't teach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by santiclaws View Post
    Well, yeah, his skating is the knock on the kid. Needs to work on it. Great awareness, though. Very impressive in that regard. Doesn't panic with the puck, smooth, is able to make the right read quickly and has the skill to act on it. Hockey sense you just can't teach.
    And at least one scout who saw him in person said his skating looks much better in person than on video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by santiclaws View Post
    Well, yeah, his skating is the knock on the kid. Needs to work on it. Great awareness, though. Very impressive in that regard. Doesn't panic with the puck, smooth, is able to make the right read quickly and has the skill to act on it. Hockey sense you just can't teach.
    Yeah I had only really seen comments that his skating needed work. Hadn’t really watched any video before he was picked. It’s a really awkward stride though. Hope he can get that fixed. But he does seem to pivot and adjust well, at least based on the 5-10min of highlights I watched.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pickle_Pucks View Post
    Not sure how you can pass on a turnkey winger for QB that could be ready as soon as next year. Still missing that speedy, shifty, elite skill winger.
    Because you draft the player you project as the best NHLer?

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