One can see why this smooth-skating defender has been lauded for the past couple of years as an up-and-coming prospect for the 2018 draft. All it takes is one rush to notice his prodigious skill package as a 6-2 defenceman with a natural skating stride, puck skills and soft hands. When you see him trying to stickhandle out of his own zone with little room to operate and having the puck stripped for a golden opportunity for the other team, however, it brings cause for concern.
What also raises red flags is poor positioning and lackadaisical play in his own end while defending, so unless he can clean up his game and make smarter decisions with and without the puck this highly-skilled prospect will find himself dropping into the draft’s second round. The skills are certainly there for him to be a top-20 pick if he can figure some things out…and there is lots of time left.
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