Meds wrote: ↑Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:04 am
SKYO wrote: ↑Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:07 pm
Draft Svechnikov (if #2 OA)
- always go BPA, his stats will be killer, you then flip him for like a RyJo for Jones type of deal down the road.
Or you draft the guy you think is worth keeping.....
To clarify, that was for a plan B scenario.
Svechnikov is an elite talent m8, can play both wings LW/RW.
Elite goal scorer with size who combines power and finesse with an exceptional understanding of his role as a top line talent. Svechnikov has the uncanny ability to not only stickhandle in and around traffic, but also position himself away from the puck while defenders are fixated on his equally skilled linemates.
You have to keep tabs on Svechnikov at all times, and it seems as if opponents play tentative every time he’s on the ice. Svechnikov is a very good skater with a powerful stride and exceptional balance, and he uses his speed to create separation even although he shouldn’t be defined as a road runner.
He possesses a blistering shot with one of the quicker releases you’ll find — Svechnikov can score on set plays off a faceoff or rifle one from the circles. Few prospects over the last decade have been able to consistently light up opposing goalies than Svechnikov, who as a 16-year-old was the USHL’s Rookie of Year in 2017 and placed third with a 1.21 points-per-game average.
Two underrated aspects of Svechnikov’s game are his playmaking ability and strength on or off the puck. He creates a conundrum for opposing defenders and goalies because he can beat you with a pass as often as he does with his deadly shot. Additionally, his upper-body strength is often underestimated, and opponents losing puck battles via a shove become commonplace when Svechnikov is involved in a tight-checking affair.
Forward ranks would be insane if you can get this big powerful brute that can score and play a solid two-way game, thus helping him get much more minutes.
Add Svechnikov to the arsenal of Horvat, Boeser, Dahlen, Pettersson, Gaudette, Lind etc, and all you need is a QB dman to get those weapons the puck ala Pens style.
Svech like Hossa can to lead a line on his own, just like the Blackhawks when they had Toews, Kane & then Hossa to have the killer instinct and wave of attacks.
*of note, he played superb in the USHL, Ivan Hlinka, WJAC-19, and the OHL with great ppg avg, but had a hand injury derailed him a bit which affected his WJC.
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