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Name that Bruins player, NHL Draft Profile edition

In this game, you will be given a description of a current Bruins player, based on a comparison to another NHLer. The goal is to guess who that Bruin is.

1. Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News views (Insert player) as a David Krejci-esque player because of his lateral movement and the ability to create space with speed prior to dishing the puck. It's tough to imagine a scenario where (insert player) breaks into the NHL prior to the 2015-16 season. Jonathan Drouin needed some extra time at the junior level and has a skill set similar to (Insert player's). At 5'10" and weighing 165 pounds, there's just no way for the shifty forward to be competitive against the larger, meaner and faster players that populate the league.

He might even be two years out, depending on when he comes to North America to begin his adjustment to the style differences.

2. (Insert player) has the potential to be a top pairing defender, and be used in all situations at the NHL level. He will need some time to continue to develop, and will likely head back to school next year in order to continue to work on his defensive game. In terms of style, Insert player is reminiscent of Drew Doughty. This is not a talent comparison though, just a stylistic one.

3. Who wouldn't love to see the second coming of a guy like Neely or Clark? Lucic has that distinction locked down right now, but insert player could be the next great power forward to emerge. As a winger that loves to stand in front of the net, insert player has the skill set needed to make an impact as a top-six forward and on the power play.

With Jarome Iginla set to retire in a year or two, the torch needs to be passed to someone. Why not insert player?


4. He resembles (Calgary Flames) defenseman Jordan Leopold and similar to Leopold at the same age he needs to get a little bit better at playing more aggressive and more physical, but Insert player is going to be a one-two defenseman in the NHL."
5. An absolute monster out on the ice and skates extremely well for his size…a good powerful skating stride and displays good lateral mobility…a mean, nasty, physical player… looks to jump up into the rush and push the offensive pace…possesses a hard shot and does a good job getting himself into shooting positions…good offensive instincts to go with his skating and snarl…ability to make some big body checks…a big minute muncher who plays both sides of the puck…physically he is almost NHL ready. NHL comparison: Jared Cowen
6. Central Scouting compares him to former NHLer Bob Sweeney (639 NHL games; best offensive season 80GP 15-33-48 115PIM). Not exactly a flashy player, but one of those character bottom-6 guys every successful team employs.
7. Insert Player has the potential to be a solid two-winger in the top six. His rugged game, and goal-scoring ability has been attracting the scout’s attention this season. In terms of a stylistic comparison, his game is similar to James Van Riemsdyk of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but this is not a talent level comparison, merely a stylistic one.
8. Insert player is a little spitfire who doesn't know the meaning of the word quit. An agitator in the corners, he likes to get his nose dirty and battles for the puck. He has some solid moves in the offensive zone, but occasionally gets himself into trouble by trying to get too fancy when a safe and simple play would do. A quick skater, he'll have to continue to overcome his slight stature for the rest of his career.
9. Insert player is likely to develop his movement to the level of the very best in the world. Right now the butterfly goalie moves with an explosive, controlled horizontal slide while maintaining good coverage. He gets back to his feet instantly when needed. With these qualities, when on his game, he has always been able to save his team from no matter how dominant opponents.
10. "A slick forward with good puck skills and creativity, Insert player posted 40 points this season including 19 goals. He may get overshadowed in this forward group, but he has the potential to be very dangerous in the offensive zone with good skating and confidence in his ability to handle the puck. He’s a good source of secondary scoring for Team insert country and that is always important to have in the international events."
11. Regardless of his past long-term successes and brief inadequacies,

Insert player
will shoulder a massive load for the Bathurst Titan in the 2003-2004
season. Given
his skill set, he should make any NHL scouting staff that uses their pick
on him very
happy in the future.

Projection: late-second, early third round pick. Two-way
forward.

12. Insert player has excelled at every level he's played, and should continue to thrive at the next level. A hard-working, playmaking center, he has the ability to play on one of the top two lines in the NHL.

13. insert player is a two-way centerman. He has all the tools to be a good offensive player but he just has not been able to find any consistency at the collegiate level to let that side of his game show. His strong playmaking abilities and better than average shot would indicate there is more offense in the tank.
14. Insert Player is a versatile forward who is an excellent faceoff man and executes all the defensive responsibilities of a two-way center. A big scorer at the college level he can also contribute on the offensive end. Insert player does not shy away from physical play despite his modest frame; displaying intensity and determination.
15. Insert player’s physicality and north-south power forward game are always of interest to NHL teams, but his lack of high-end offensive potential should make teams hesitant to spend a high pick on him. However, his high likelihood of cracking an NHL lineup in some capacity should be valuable enough to get him picked in the late second or early third rounds. NHL Comparison- David Backes
16. Insert player is an offensively-gifted forward who is more of a playmaker than a true goal scorer. He makes the players around him more effective and reads the play well, recognizing scoring opportunities and anticipating the play. He is wiling to compete in tight spaces but is light and will need to add strength and bulk to win battles in those areas — an area of his game that is still developing. He is responsible defensively and willing to back check.
17. Insert Player is a talented offensive player, with both goal scoring and playmaking abilities. He isn't bad defensively, and is a hard working player. He is a fairly good all around player, similar to many prospects that have ferried through Milwaukee.
18. Insert Player is a small, but highly mobile defenseman with excellent offensive instincts. He is a strong puckhandler who can rush the puck and drive the offense. Insert player is a power play weapon thanks to his sharp distribution skills and his ability to find soft spots in defensive zone coverage. Defensively, Insert Player brings a good compete level and is a determined player but his positioning is still a work in progress and he is sometimes at a disadvantage against bigger, stronger forwards due to his lack of bulk.
19. is a smart player who often does the little things in terms of maintaining his gaps, keeping the proper stick positioning and forcing opponents into committing early. He likes to go for hits in the open ice and will take every opportunity to finish his checks along the boards and remind guys in the other sweaters that he’s there. Though not a feared fighter, he’s willing to drop the gloves to defend teammates and plays a naturally rugged and aggressive defensive style that will translate well in Boston.
20. A good two-way blue liner...plays a complete game and relies on his impressive footwork to maintain defensive coverage as well as put himself into the offensive play...has a good top speed and all-round mobility...has a dangerous point shot that is both accurate and hard...has a physical element to his game and will step up to make a hit...clears the crease and separates opponents form the puck with his body in the defensive zone...has an active stick...good upside as an all-round NHL defender NHL comparison: James Wisniewski
21. is an undersized defenseman that plays a hard-hitting game normally associated with a much bigger player. He is a steady blueliner with a good first pass and a pretty high hockey IQ. His size is definitely a concern but he has not shown too much of a shyness towards the physical side of the game. He is a project player, but there are plenty of tools with which to work.

Answers:
1. David Pastrnak
2. Charlie McAvoy
3. Nick Ritchie
4. John Moore
5. Brandon Carlo
6. Charlie Coyle
7. Jake DeBrusk
8. Brad Marchand
9. Tuukka Rask
10. Anders Bjork
11. Patrice Bergeron
12. David Krejci
13. Sean Kuraly
14. Chris Wagner
15. Trent Frederic
16. Ondrej Kase
17. Craig Smith
18. Matt Grzelcyk
19. Jeremy Lauzon
20. Jakub Zboril
21. Connor Clifton



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