- June 18, 2018 at 12:24 pm #7537Eric AndrewsModerator
Each day over the next month leading up to the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, held on June 22 in Dallas, we will be taking a look at the top 31 prospects avail
[To continue reading full article, click here: Draft Prospect Profile: Brady Tkachuk]June 18, 2018 at 12:28 pm #7538Bill “Wiz” PlaczekParticipant
May be the best of the second generation players other than Brett Hull; he usually leads his team whether it be BU, or the Team USA in all phases, but can be counted on to be a consistent physical presence. The nicest kid you would ever want to meet off the ice, but transforms when he skates onto the ice surface who refuses to let up, or stop being physically involved. He has great balance and solid skating abilities (with decent speed) and agility. He showed his ability in the World Junior U-20, where he won puck battle after puck battle and set ups a number of big goals besides late-game tying and winning goals in the round robin against both Canada and Slovakia. Combines his long stride with very good stick-handling prowess and long reach and is able to make time for linemates with his possessions. He is extremely creative and shows finesse in his set ups, but more importantly his demeanor is such that he takes the responsibility of winning on his shoulders. He has a high upside, not a limited ceiling that some suggest. Can dominate down low and between the dots, and retrieves pucks by way of physical checks and honest wall work. There are no warts in his game, and he has shown in college games that he can play and dominate against older more developed young men. He isn’t the fastest player from a dead start, but good enough in a straight line to fill holes, block shots, and position himself as a threat in more ways than one. There is no denying by any scout that the offensive skills are ther, and will grow. No growth is necessary as a team guy and possible future NHL captain. When he is promoted to the NHL, he will be a plug and play stand alone player who can compete and win, no matter where/who he plays with. He is a player who never quits and wills his team to wins through his actions. And boy, does he have some edge!
—Bill Placzek—June 19, 2018 at 11:09 am #7558Hank_GreenbergParticipant
Think there’s any realistic chance this kid drops to the Hawks?
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