According to the USCHO site DU head coach George Gwozdecky said “Geoff was a valuable two-way center for us and played a key role in our championship run in 2005. He is ready to take his game to the professional level and we wish him continued success.”
USCHO has him at 6-4, 220, tsn has him 6-4, 208. International Scouting Services had him 6-4, 207 in their 2004 Draft Annual, so we should probably go with the USCHO number. ISS rated him #126 in 2004, a draft that saw Edmonton select Devan Dubnyk, Rob Schremp and Roman Tesliuk before him.
Paukovich was a “reach” pick by the Oilers, one of several taken between 2000-2004 before the Oilers began drafting undersized players instead of coke machines. He had a nice freshman season in college (41gp, 12-10-22) but those remain his offensive high water marks through three college seasons.
Here’s hoping Paukovich turns out to be a player, but I think (as with pretty much all the college coke machines in the Prendergast era) if we use Dan Lacouture as the outer marker we’ll have a nice comp down the line (Lacouture is a nice comp for Winchester so far). If they work hard these guys might have careers as 4th line pluggers but have not built a resume that screams “top 6 NHL forward.”
Paukovich isn’t on Guy Flaming’s HF Top 20 list but Flaming writes “Oiler scout Brad Davis compares Paukovich to Joel Otto, a big centre who has offensive abilities but is best suited as a two-way checking center. Paukovich has a noteworthy mean streak in him as well as the size to back it up.” Otto scored well in college (Bemidji State U of College Hockey America, NCAA) but I don’t know what level CHA is compared to the level Paukovich played in.
Paukovich is still pretty young (21) for a college prospect and may have another gear. Still, until he rips up the AHL I think using Dan Lacouture as a comp is a pretty safe bet.