Could there be more?
In the thread below, speeds says “I am of course quite biased, but he just thinks the game so well I won’t be surprised if MacT keeps him. Reads the ice so well. It’s a shame he’s not a better skater, hopefully it can improve a bit over the next few years.”
speeds was one of just a few commenters on this blog who suggested Gagner had a chance one year ago (before TC).
Can Trukhno pass one or two of Schremp, Brule or Pouliot? Would it be better to send him down for a month to rip the cover off the ball? Should they keep him on the farm until sorting out the goalie situation?
He’s a helluva players, I’ve liked him since his draft day because he has a wide range of skills. He’s currently rated #8 but he’s been as high as #2 on my top 20 (summer 2007).
For those not too familiar with him, this was his draft day resume:
- Team leader, plays with an edge.
- Competes both ways.
- Dangerous off the rush, loves to cut to the middle.
- Can pass and shoot on the fly.
- Adjusted extremely well to North American game.
- One of the Rockets best players.
- Slightly deficient skater, bit of a wide tracker.
- Makes up for it with strength, hockey sense, puck control.
- He was 6-1, 195 and 18 years and 4 months on draft day.
- His stats were 64gp, 25-34-59, 57pims his draft year in the QMJHL.