I waited a long time before writing about Kyle Platzer, fully knowing that Jonathan Willis would get to it and I could steal from him. Jon scored big this time, with two very interesting posts. Since there’s no real draft slotting about Platzer (Pronman was the only one who ranked him) and there was so little to go on, I’m going to keep this short and sweet.
- Redline Report: Platzer, while not as big and strong around the net as Elie, recorded five points (2G, 3A) in his first five playoff games, to go along with a +6 in the plus/minus category. Platzer, who had five goals all season in his 4th line role, uses speed and instincts around the offensive end to pop into openings and create dangerous chances.
- Jonathan Willis has quotes from Corey Pronman and a former scout saying impressive things about the Oilers 4th round selection.
- Jonathan Willis paints the math picture and it’s tough to make out from here but there are some interesting arrows.
The Platzer story goes like this: they took him damned early for a guy who grades out like Willis’ 2nd article above, but the first Willis article offers ‘saw him good’ arrows and the amount of icetime Platzer enjoyed was a major tell from this past season.
- Brock Otten, OHL Prospects: Platzer did absolutely everything London’s coaching staff asked him to do this year, including seeing some time on the blueline to cover for injuries. That’s why he managed to (mostly) avoid the carousel many of London’s other younger players had to ride (like Jammes, Liberati, Pawley, etc) in 2013. His numbers don’t jump out at you, and they won’t with the barely 10 minutes of ice time he saw a game. But you have to assess him based on what he was able to do with that ice time (similar to Remi Elie who’s rated higher). Platzer may not be huge (pushing 5’11), but he’s a skilled player who also can provide energy and persistence away from the puck. You might notice Platzer outworking opposing defenses along the boards, or beating them to loose pucks, but he’s also clearly a very intelligent offensive player who is capable of putting up higher point totals. He did lead his Waterloo GOJHL team in scoring as a 16 year old in 2012. The one thing I admire about London is their ability to make younger players work hard to stay in the line-up. Ice time is earned, not given. And Platzer earned every second of time he received this year.