Owns a very solid frame and plenty of two-way acumen. Is responsible in his own zone and can also produce offense. Uses his stick very effectively to regain puck possession. May be a somewhat limited point producer at the National Hockey League level but the other aspects of his game should still work well in a bottom-six forward role. Can shoot the puck with aplomb but lacks optimum passing ability for the center position. Sound, two-way forward with some upside.
An unbelievable goal-scoring threat, his hands are as soft as butter and his shot is as hard as a coconut. He uses a quick release and savvy instincts to light the lamp with regularity. When his shot is taken away, he can beat defenders one on one with shiftiness and great puck skills. Also has good size and emerging power, so he is adept at protecting the puck in tight quarters. Is not a great skater, so he needs to consistently prove he can produce big numbers at the highest level. Can play either wing position. Could stand to improve his play in the defensive zone. Super-skilled, sharp-shooting winger with big upside.
Productive and well-rounded, Coale is a bit of a late bloomer who could be a steal at the NFL level. He possesses above-average speed and good size for a pro wideout, and Coale's ability as a return man should help him right out of the gate. Also highly mature and intelligent, he can be a real locker room and community asset right away. All that said, he isn't particularly accomplished, and not particularly big or a true burner. Coale projects as a possession receiver at the NFL level (in part thanks to his excellent leaping ability and open-field moves), and should be a steal.,A quick, shifty forward who is quite heady, he has a deadly shot and excellent hockey sense (he knows where to go to score goals). Despite a lack of size and strength, he goes to the tough areas of the ice willingly in order to score. While his heart is big, and he is both feisty and gritty, he will always have to prove himself against bigger opponents as he climbs the ladder. Diminutive but smart, sharpshooting winger with good upside
Owns tremendous size, combined with plenty of offensive acumen and mobility for his huge frame. Has an excellent point shot, so he can be a big weapon with the man advantage. Needs to improve his defensive-zone coverage and become a safer blueliner in order to maximize his appearances at the highest level. Will also need to fill out completely and use his frame optimally against quality forwards. Aggressive, offensive defenseman with upside.
A true power forward with a versatile game, he could have played in the NHL in any era. The throwback forward has tremendous size and strength, so he is able to carve out space for himself and his teammates in the offensive zone. Skates very well for his frame, displaying both quickness and long speed. He also owns a powerful shot and a goal-scorer's mentality. While he can play both wing and center, he needs to improve his play in the defensive zone greatly in order to become an NHL pivot. His game may translate better as a power winger at the highest level. Needs to fill out. Talented, goal-scoring power forward with big upside.
Owns a projectable, 6-1 frame and outstanding skating ability. Moves very well with the puck on his stick and is a very capable puck distributor. Was a dominant offensive defenseman in his formative years. Needs to add a lot more bulk and get physically stronger in order to maximize his pro prospects. Must also prove he can produce quality offensive totals as he moves up the ladder against stiffer competition. Mobile defenseman with upside.
A complementary winger, he is not immune to doing the dirty work in the corners in order to win the puck back for his team. Plays with energy, has playmaking ability and two-way acumen. Lacks optimum size but owns a strong lower base and does not back down from challenges. Needs to shoot the puck more in order to become more of a goal-scorer. Also needs to work on his skating (he is more quick than fast). Sound, feisty complementary winger with upside.
Is smooth, reliable and mobile. Has very good defensive instincts, an active stick and a very projectable frame. Moves the puck swiftly and can also produce points at lower levels. Can play a physical brand of hockey, too. Complements offensive defensemen nicely. Is not going to produce big point totals at the highest level but his game has few flaws. His right-handedness is an added plus. Solid, dependable defenseman with some upside.
Is really adept at the offensive side of the game, with both goal-scoring acumen and loads of stickhandling ability when he has the puck on his blade. Is not the greatest skater and will need more work in that department, but he does play well in an uptempo system. Will need to add more bulk and get physically stronger in order to win a lot of board battles at the highest level. Also needs to become consistent from game to game. Talented, offensive winger with good upside.
A towering figure along the blueline at 6'6", he defends his position very well (both with an active stick as well as with physical play). Despite the ability to go for big hits, he usually stays disciplined in terms of his positioning. Is surprisingly quick whenever he joins the rush. Needs to continue to work on his skating ability, as well as his point shot, in order to maximize output in the NHL. Also needs to fill out, completely. Huge, all-around defenseman with upside.
He is quite adept at riling up opponents with his demolition-derby style of play. Hits everything that moves and competes with unwavering work ethic every shift. Can also score some, though his offensive game is still a work in progress. Lacks optimum size for the NHL so he will need to get a lot stronger if he is to succeed playing with reckless abandon at the highest level. Should become an impact bottom-six forward if his offense does not come around. Big-hitting shift disturber with upside.
While a bit overlooked among top wide receiver prospects in this draft class, Benjamin has two traits NFL teams drool over in wideouts: elite speed and leaping ability. Benjamin is simply one of the most explosive deep threats available in 2012, and can be very fluid and elusive in motion. He has the raw frame to add some muscle without losing his fantastic mobility, but Benjamin definitely needs to add some bulk to put up with NFL jams off the snap and physical corners downfield. If he can keep refining his route-running and continue working in the weight room, Benjamin has starter potential. Expect him to also potentially help out as a return man soon.,Has a massive frame, so he should play at well over 200 pounds when he fills out. Shoots the puck with aplomb, and he also knows where to go to score goals. Has a lot of power forward potential, but must get stronger in order to dominate along the wall at the highest level. Also needs to work on his skating stride so as to maximize output in the NHL. Talented
A supremely physical defender with excellent skating ability, he enjoys punishing opponents in open ice. Moves the puck well and owns a strong lower base that will only get stronger as he completely fills out. Can also produce points but projects to become more of a shutdown defenseman at the highest level. Needs to become a better decision-maker on the ice and pick his spots in the hitting game. Perhaps a slightly less aggressive approach is needed in order to maximize output in the pro game. Mobile, physical defenseman with upside.
Gifted as a kick returner thanks to excellent speed and superb anticipation, McCoy was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year for 2011. His ability to see openings and exploit them in the return game make McCoy a regular threat to go all the way, and he translates his ball skills to defense (where he was a 2011 All-Mountain West Honorable Mention). At this point McCoy is much more NFL-ready as a return specialist than as a cornerback, but he has shown enough as a defender the past couple of seasons to be an option in situational schemes. His significant lack of size for the secondary is an issue, however, and McCoy will need to bulk up and keep working on his technique to play regularly on 'D.',Has a big frame and should eventually play at well over 200 pounds at the professional level. Plays a very cerebral game and is quite adept at moving the puck swiftly up ice. Skates well and is also a solid passer. Seems to play with ice water in his veins, as he rarely gets rattled when the pressure
An explosive skater with good puck-moving skills and rushing ability, he is an aggressive defenseman and a fiery competitor. While not an elite offensive D-man, he will get his share of points. Can be guilty of being overly aggressive at times, so he may need to be reeled in from time to time. Also, he lacks optimum size for the blueline position at the NHL level, especially for the physical way he likes to play the game. Aggressive, all-around defenseman with upside.
For a defenseman with good size, he displays outstanding skating ability (he is smooth and makes it look effortless when on the ice). He can be used in all game situations, since he is very responsible with the puck. Displays outstanding hockey sense and passing ability. He sees the ice very well. While he is very heady, he could stand to improve his overall play without the puck. Could also use a little more upper-body strength. Mobile, all-around defenseman with upside.
Skates well, shoots the puck with aplomb and is always willing to pay the price in order to score goals. Can play on either side of center. His hand/eye coordination is well above-average. Lacks optimum size. Will need to become a better overall passer so as to keep defenders honest (because his shot is so lethal) in order to maximize production at the highest level. Must also improve his play in the defensive zone. Talented, goal-scoring winger with good upside.
Owns a very projectable frame and plenty of all-around appeal from the back end. Moves the puck swiftly and efficiently in his own end. He can also join the rush and boost the offense. Can be used in all game situations. Is still a bit unrefined in most elements of his game. Can do a little bit of everything, so he is the type of defenseman who can log big minutes at the highest level. Solid, all-around defenseman with upside.
Is a natural when he has the puck on his stick, as both a playmaker and goal-scorer. Puts up points naturally and can be a big asset with the man advantage. Is somewhat undersized, so he will need to become stronger in order to maximize production at the highest level. He will also need to improve his skating, which is only average. Has good bloodlines as the younger brother of fellow scorer Jason Robertson. Diminutive but talented scoring winger with good upside.
A true leader, he plays with a bundle of energy and always displays exemplary work ethic. Shoots the puck with aplomb, thanks largely to quick hands. Understands the defensive aspects of the game and is an excellent back checker and penalty killer. Is somewhat undersized for the National Hockey League, so he will need to add more bulk and get stronger in order to maximize output. Hard-working, versatile two-way forward with some upside.
Has excellent size and strength, plus tremendous hands. Can be a prolific point producer at lower levels. Has improved his skating quite a lot, though he is still not a speed demon out on the ice. Is a valuable asset with the man advantage. There is still questions about his ability to defend in his own zone, so he might have to play wing in the professional ranks. Is a very proud athlete who is always willing to work on improving his all-around game. Big, quality scoring forward with upside.
With his size, strength, awareness and surprising speed, it?s hard to believe Criner didn?t generate more hype at the wide receiver position heading into this draft and here?s why: He was mostly used in a spread offense during his four years with the Wildcats (especially the last two during which he collected 2,189 yards and 22 TDs on 157 catches over 24 games). Those are obviously pretty impressive numbers but can they translate into NFL numbers? Not if he doesn?t dramatically improve his route-running skills as a potential deep threat and learn how to react and make plays against tight coverage for which he remains unproven to this stage. Despite all his attributes, he remains unproven.
An aggressive, offensive defenseman who plays the game with an edge, he moves the puck with aplomb and is at his best when joining the rush. Can be an asset on the power play. Passes the puck exceptionally well, so point production is not an issue for him. Lacks ideal size, so he will need to add a lot more bulk and get physically stronger in order to maximize output at the National Hockey League level. Mobile, aggressive offensive defenseman with good upside.
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