Gaucho wrote:So why did this guy drop to the 6th round?
Byron is an outstanding skater with quick jump, top gear and an even quicker stick. Backs defenders up with his slick inside and outside moves, but because of physical limitations, can float out on the perimeter and not go into heavy traffic at times. Having played at a lower level than in the OHL, he wasn’t as challenged as he’ll be when he moves on to the NCAA and goes up against older, bigger, stronger players.
netwolf wrote:Sundqvist plays a very North American game in my opinion. If you watched from afar and knew nothing about him, I doubt you'd guess he was a Swede.
I wouldn't read too much into Harrington having trouble with Payerl. Payerl is 2 years older and has almost 15lbs on him, likely all muscle. He's also very good at using his size to his advantage. Harrington just needs to fill out some more and he should be fine.
Don't know why Byron dropped to the 6th round. Maybe playing in the CCHL is part of it? That league doesn't get the same level of attention as other junior leagues as it's Tier II. The information packet the team provided says Red Line Report had him ranked 84th overall. I saw another quote from Kyle Woodlief at RLR staing "He's a skinny Tier II player, but we keep coming back to the fact that we haven't seen many with a higher skill level." Central Scouting put him at 122 among North American skaters, and McKeen's had him at 119 overall. Pens got him at 179. It's just a few days in an informal camp setting, but he does appear to be a lot more skilled than his draft position would indicate. He's headed to the University of Maine in the fall. Time will tell if he pans out, but for now, I'm just happy to have a forward with some skill in the prospect pool.
Another Byron profile from http://hockeyjournal.com/blog/kirks/Hidden_gems:Byron is an outstanding skater with quick jump, top gear and an even quicker stick. Backs defenders up with his slick inside and outside moves, but because of physical limitations, can float out on the perimeter and not go into heavy traffic at times. Having played at a lower level than in the OHL, he wasn’t as challenged as he’ll be when he moves on to the NCAA and goes up against older, bigger, stronger players.
For what it's worth, he hasn't seemed to be avoiding contact/traffic this week, though in these short rink scrimmages they've done, that would be pretty hard to do.
meecrofilm wrote:Payerl is large.
The Snapshot wrote:Byron at Maine should be fun to watch this year. He'll definitely take away that "low-level competition" knock if he performs well.
meecrofilm wrote:^^ This. We have to wait 'til he gets experience first. But we can't give him any.... until he has some...... my head hurts....
Take the Body Shoot the Puck wrote:From reading the last few pages, what is it that is keeping Payerl from getting a shot on our 4th line? If he's big, strong, fast, and hits...isn't that what we want?
JoseCuervo wrote:Take the Body Shoot the Puck wrote:From reading the last few pages, what is it that is keeping Payerl from getting a shot on our 4th line? If he's big, strong, fast, and hits...isn't that what we want?
He's big, strong, and fast compared to 18-20 year olds. Wait until training camp. Not prospect development camp.
Fitzgerald, attempting to inject a little reality into Payerl's rising star, employed a similar message in offering a reminder that while the winger has shown a great deal of progress, he's not necessarily ready to skip ahead too far too quickly.
"I think first and foremost, his goal is to be an everyday top-three-line player in the American Hockey League, with the potential of playing NHL games with his game being consistent," Fitzgerald said.
"We all dream, but just worry about the now, because the now will take care of tomorrow."
netwolf wrote:Who knows the NHL/CHL transfer rules really well? From what I read, an NHL drafted player has to be 20 by the end of the calendar year, or have played 4 seasons in juniors to be AHL-eligible. Derrick Pouliot will only be 19 on 12/31, but he has played for Portland for 4 seasons, though his first year (09-10) he only played 7 games. Is there a minimum games required for a year of junior service? I'm not having much luck finding the specific rules anywhere. I suck at google apparently...
nocera wrote:Anyone going to the scrimmage today?
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