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Thread: Round 1, Pick #8: BRANDT CLARKE

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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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    One of the guys on ESPN said he had some immaturity issues. Anybody know the story on that?

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    Summarizing here, but I've read some articles and scouting reports that theorize Clarke might actually be better at defending while skating FORWARD alongside the attacking forward, rather than backwards, due to his awkward and overly wide stance. Kid has issues pivoting, and is going to get burned in a league where nearly everyone can skate at a high level, unlike lesser euro and junior leagues.

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    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.

    This kid is a project...seems to have the same defensive issues as Helge Grans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stadlere View Post
    One of the guys on ESPN said he had some immaturity issues. Anybody know the story on that?
    So did Arty (allegedly)

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