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Friday, January 6, 2012

Oilers 2012 NHL Draft Watch "Zemgus Girgensons"

REVS 2012 Prospects List (Oct 3rd/11)

1.Nail Yakupov
2.Mikhail Grigorenko
3.Ryan Murray
4.Alex Galchenyuk
5.Morgan Rielly
6.Mathew Dumba
7.Nick Ebert
8.Filip Forsberg
9.Griffin Reinhart
10.Martin Frk
11.Derrick Pouliot
12.Cody Ceci
13.Olli Maatta
14.Zemgus Girgensons
15.Jacob Trouba

Today we examine the #14 ranked player from REVS 2012 Prospects List . Each player is unique in their own right and full of talent. The ranking does not reflect a mock draft of who a team may actually pick but rather who I would place as the best player available in that spot.

Zemgus Girgensons
Pos: F
HT:6'1 ft
Born: Riga,Latvia

2010/11 Dubuque Games 51 G 21 A 28 PTS 49
2011/12 Dubuque Games 22 G 12 A 14 PTS 26

 Coming over to North America in 2008 and  playing in the Selects Hockey program, a summer hockey organization whose alumni include Sam Gagner and Greg Nemisz,he played for Vermont’s Green Mountain Glades of the Eastern Junior League. 

His coach has commented “He’s dominant down the middle,” Montgomery said. “He’s a complete player who works as hard defensively as he does offensively.” Prior to arriving his coach also said “There was a buzz around the Northeast about him, I knew he was committed to Vermont and that he could be an impact player even at 16.” Zemgus is a powerful center, passion is not a problem whose own coach even brings up names such as Jonathan Toews and Mark Messier to describe the youngster’s will.

Zemgus does not give up in pursuit of the puck or while carrying it. He is considered a relentless player. Zemgus when asking for a comparrision for his game style, he brings up the likes of Ryan Kessler but some say he plays like Rob Brind'Amour. His all out skill is considered great but not elite which may hinder his ability to sneak into a top 8 at the NHL 2012 Draft. On one ranking out there he is listed at #2 behind Nail Yakupov. I personally think that is a little too high but some scouts like the drive and heart this young player shows.

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