Saturday, June 7, 2008

2008 NHL Entry Draft: Patrick Wiercioch

Photo from NHL Entry Draft Guide

The 2008 NHL Entry Draft Guide has been updated and now includes the projected 3rd round of North American players, including Defenseman Patrick Wiercioch at #77.

A few thoughts on Patrick from a scout and his former USHL coach:

NHL Central Scouting’s Jack Barzee
“Patrick, a smart player with excellent hands, was used heavily on the power-play in Omaha. He needs to improve his skating and agility, but compensates with his ability to stick handle his way out of trouble. Improvement on his strength and development at University of Wisconsin should positively compliment his puck moving ability.”

Omaha Lancers head coach Mike Hastings
“Patrick, with his unique combination of hockey sense and size, has developed into one of the best all around defenseman in our league. As he matures physically you will see him develop into a dominant defenseman that can impact a game in many ways.”