2011 NHL Draft Ranking Part 4
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31. Stefan Noesen – RW – Plymouth (OHL) – 6’0 – 195lbs – Shoots R – Feb. 12, 1993
Noesen burst onto the scene this year to lead Plymouth in scoring. While he might not be the best skater in the world, Noesen has great hockey sense and exhibited skills at both ends of the ice this year. He loves the physical stuff and his tempo increases in key moments on the ice. On the subject of his skating, it’s not that his top speed is bad, it’s his agility and acceleration that need work. His offensive skills are good enough give him a regular job at the next level should his skating improve.
2010/11 OHL Statistics: 68GP – 34G – 43A – 77PTS – 80PIM – +11
32. David Musil – D – Vancouver (WHL) – 6’3 – 198lbs – Shoots L – April 9, 1993
Musil is a physical and steady presence on the blueline. While skating and puck moving might not be his best strength, but he can get to where he needs to. He’s really comfortable in front of his own net and taking guys on the rush that are trying to go wide on him and plays with relative consistency when it comes to using the body. Musil has limited offensive upside. He likes to dish the puck to his forwards early and doesn’t carry it much. His preference in the offensive zone is to take wristers on net versus booming slapshots. Musil has a limited offensive upside but is solid in his own zone and has great net-front presence on defense.
2010/11 WHL Statistics: 62GP – 6G – 19A – 25PTS – 83PIM – +/- 0
33. Connor Murphy – D – USNTDP – 6’3 – 185lbs – Shoots R – March 26, 1993
The jury is out a bit on Connor Murphy as he missed the majority of the last two years with a major back injury. When he’s on, however, Murphy is a hard working, physical defenseman who also isn’t afraid to move the puck. He’s excellent taking on forwards with speed skating backwards and has excellent lateral mobility. This son of former NHL’er Gord Murphy will head to Miami of Ohio next year where he will hopefully not have any more injury issues to deal with.
2010/11 US Statistics: 14GP – 3G – 3A – 6PTS – 6PIM
34. Myles Bell – D – Regina (WHL) – 6’0 – 214lbs – Shoots R – August 19, 1993
Bell is a multi-talented defenseman. He’s a good skater for his size, plays with some edge, and also has a great set of offensive abilities. He’s got an excellent shot, he can make a great first pass, and he can carry the puck up ice and out of danger really well. Where Bell can struggle is his over-eagerness to take the play into his own hands. He needs to fit himself into the rush properly and make smarter plays on the rush.
2010/11 WHL Statistics: 66GP – 14G – 31A – 45PTS – 86PIM – -14
35. Alexander Khokhlachev – F – Windsor (OHL) – 5’10 – 188lbs – Shoots L – Sept. 9, 1993
This young Russian forward adapted well to the North American game and put up solid numbers this season for Windsor. He is a rather relentless forward that doesn’t let his size put him at a disadvantage. His skating is average for a guy his size but he gets to where he needs to quickly enough. His offensive abilities are capped by his slick hands and dangling, which can confuse goaltenders and get him into open space.
2010/11 OHL Statistics: 67GP – 34G – 42A – 76PTS – +9
36. Daniel Catenacci – C – Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) – 5’10 – 183lbs – Shoots L – March 9, 1993
Catenacci is my dark horse for this draft. There is not a better skater available in this entire class. Catenacci is fast, agile, and his acceleration to top speed is almost immediate. He’s got a great shot, but needs to work on his playmaking as a center and utilize his teammates more. That issue itself is very coachable. Don’t let size fool you, he can get feisty and doesn’t back down from a challenge. Catenacci’s skating alone makes him a worthwhile pick in the 2nd round.
2010/11 OHL Statistics: 67GP – 26G – 45A – 71PTS – 117PIM – -5
37. Dmitrij Jaskin – RW – Slava (CZE) – 6’1 – 196lbs – Shoots L – March 23, 1993
Jaskin is a big-bodied Czech forward that has a cannon shot and is next to impossible to knock off of the puck. I wouldn’t categorize him as a grinder because his board work is not up to par with his NHL peers. That said, he’s great in traffic, good in front of the net, and has a heavy release on both his wrist and slap shot. Jaskin needs to improve his skating before he can make a serious impact at the next level, but the tools are in place for him to continue to evolve into a power forward at the next level.
2010/11 CZE Statistics: 33GP – 3G – 10PTS – 16PIM
38. Mario Lucia – LW – Wayzata (MINN – HS) – 6’2 – 183lbs – Shoots L – Aug. 25, 1993
Lucia is one of the youngest yet most dangerous players available in this draft and he’s a high-school product. Like any typical high-schooler from Minnesota, he plays the game the right way. He uses his size to his advantage and has an excellent set of skills, from great puck protection, to excellent vision, to a great shot. He was a man among boys at the high-school level and should develop nicely into a multi-facted threat at the next level.
2010/11 HS Statistics: 24GP – 25G – 22A – 47PTS – 14PIM
39. Brett Ritchie – RW – Sarnia (OHL) – 6’3 – 210lbs – Shoots R – July 1, 1993
Ritchie had Mono this year and it sidelined him for a good portion of the season. When he’s on, Ritchie is a powerful, strong skater who is difficult to move off of the puck and scores a ton of goals streaking down the wing. His speed is solid for his size, and his release is quick and accurate. He needs to get a bit meaner and show some grit on some nights, but he projects as a nice winger who has size, speed and shooting ability that is great when he puts it altogether.
2010/11 OHL Statistics: 49GP – 21G – 20A – 41PTS – 47PIM – -1
40. John Gibson – G – USNTDP – 6’3 – 205lbs – Catches L – July 14, 1993
The first goalie in our ranking is Pittsburgh native John Gibson. Committed to Michigan next year, Gibson is a huge presence in net with great size and an added mix of smarts and flexibility. The great thing about Gibson is his calming presence. He seems to understand where he fits in the tempo of the game and is always in control of his emotions.
2010/11 USHL Statistics: 32GP – 2.64GAA – 1,794MIN – 1SO – .918%