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#1 Aussie_Wing

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 10:37 PM

I wasn't so crash hot on the pick when I first heard it. That is often the case on draft day as you've got your hopes set on picking someone else for whatever reason. At the end of the day the vast majority of these kids are at least 2-3 years, maybe even longer, away from ever hitting the NHL or making any meaningful contribution. You've just got to back your talent scouts to see something in the player they selected.

This is what Ken Holland had to say about Sheahan:

"He's big, hes strong, he's physical, when the points start to come we think he's going to be a hell of a player".


The thing is, everything about his game is pretty much sound. He's a great skater, he's tremendous defensively, he can play PP and PK, he's got good size, so taking all this into consideration you'd imagine at the very least he'd develop into a 3rd/4th liner. However he does have offensive potential, it just didn't quite surface last season but he showed it in juniors and he has fine playmaking skills and can finish. As Holland said, should the offence come around he'll develop into a beauty. :thumbup:

Edited by Aussie_Wing, 25 June 2010 - 10:38 PM.

Ken Holland: Hes (Mursak) a young guy, provides energy, can skate, hes a puck hound.


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Posted 25 June 2010 - 10:44 PM

As Holland said, should the offence come around he'll develop into a beauty. :thumbup:


Yeah, as others have said, it's a crapshoot on anyone, but their impression of him seems to be that he has a solid foundation; so now, we'll just have to see how he develops. I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. It seems to say something that they picked instead of trading down, no?

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 10:47 PM

Jim Nill:

I dont like to make comparisons with young players. Its not really fair to them. But he does remind me of Johan Franzen. Hes got a big, thick body. Hes been a big scorer. Thats what we project him to be.



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Posted 25 June 2010 - 10:49 PM

If he turns out to be anything like Mule, this will have been a very solid pick.

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 10:49 PM

From what I've read about him is he has the potential to develop into a Joe Pavelski type guy. He was also compared to having all the tools as Jonathan Toews. He's big (6'2-1/2) @ 200ibs of muscle (and will grow bigger). He has a real smooth skating style. He's strong and can play the grinding game behind the net like Toews and drive to the net... and he has a lot of hockey smarts and extremely defensive sound.

What Holland is saying is once he finds his scoring touch, the flood gates will open like they did for Franzen- and Pavelski -type guys.

And, at the very least, the kid will become a solid 3rd linerer *if* he doesn't find his scoring touch. All 2010 draft players past the top 10 - 15 (even under top 15) are going to be a *risk* one way or another.

Ducks had the best looking 2010 draft so far....

But at least Detroit picked a guy who has the tools to become a Pavelski/Toews/Stall to a minimum of a Danial Cleary-type-guy. I'm happy with this pick right now. Ask me again in 3-4 years. Anything can happen.

Edited by Heaten, 25 June 2010 - 10:54 PM.


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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:00 PM

Probably a solid pick, just not a sexy pick. Realistically, there's no imagining that this kid will suddenly burgeon into a 70pt+ producer at the NHL level, but chances are he'll become a useful pro and the selection will be warranted.

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:27 PM

On the midseason rankings he was 5th overall. What could've changed in a few months? He didn't score many goals on the Fighting Irish. Ok, but they play about as defensive a system as there is. And he was one of the youngest players in the entire NCAA. Plus he still tied for his team's rookie lead in scoring with a kid who's 1 year older.

Holland and Nill wanted another scoring prospect and this kid has all the tools plus he was a guy who fell from 5th earlier in the year-- the talent is there.

Here's a good article on Riley. (Oh, and he's a big, strong Irish Catholic Canadian with the name Sheahan... who does that remind you guys of?)

http://www.hockeysfu..._riley_sheahan/
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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:28 PM

Probably a solid pick, just not a sexy pick. Realistically, there's no imagining that this kid will suddenly burgeon into a 70pt+ producer at the NHL level, but chances are he'll become a useful pro and the selection will be warranted.


There was also no conception until March of '08 that Franzen could blossom into a 40-goal scorer at the NHL level.

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:32 PM

And here's a scouting report from another site:

Sheahan had a somewhat underwhelming season; better numbers were expected of him in Notre Dame, even as a freshman (the arrest for alcohol consumption didnt help, albeit a minor, non-hockey thing). Sheahan is a very skilled playmaker who makes great decisions with the puck. He has the kind of awareness and hockey sense that is hard to teach as he can sense the game developing around him and its what helps him make the ideal and difficult play to push the puck up the ice and distribute it accordingly. He plays the PK effectively and can carry the puck on the powerplay. The main issue with Sheahan is his skating, while his first step or two is good his skating as a whole needs some improvement, its caused issues for him while trying to get back on defense and its what may ultimately hold him back at the next level. He can still reach a decent level of speed, but not enough to threaten defenses and put them on their heels. His physical game could be improved but he was a freshman in college so he gets a mulligan on it. Hes a boom or bust type prospect that will need a few years in college.


Probably a solid pick, just not a sexy pick. Realistically, there's no imagining that this kid will suddenly burgeon into a 70pt+ producer at the NHL level, but chances are he'll become a useful pro and the selection will be warranted.


He has the tools to do that if he develops like the Wings hope. He's apparently got an excellent hockey sense (and that's the #1 thing the Wings draft for) and he's built like a brick s***house.

He's also very young and has been playing against men for the last year. I'm not so worried about his offensive ceiling because he's got all the tools of a late blooming power forward (albeit with more of a puck distributing spin on things).
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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:36 PM

Poor Buffalo Sabres :lol:

June 26, Buffalo News: Though the Sabres were obviously happy with the selection of [23rd overall pick Mark]Pysyk, the disappointment was equally obvious when the Detroit Red Wings picked Riley Sheahan with the 21st pick. The big Notre Dame center, who was born in St. Catharines, Ont., seemed an ideal choice for the Sabres. Regier and the scouts at the Sabres' table shook their heads and frowned as Sheahan made his way toward the stage to put on his Red Wings jersey.
Following the Sheahan selection, Regier conducted a phone call. Upon its conclusion, he and scout Nik Fattey again shook their heads in a negative manner.



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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:45 PM

Just read another analysis of Riley:

"NHL Potential: 2nd line Two-way Center"

and

"NHL Player(s) Comparison:
A left shooting Ryan Kesler."

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:54 PM

People here should be pumped... this kid was described by one scout as the most complete player in the draft (somewhere in the Hockey News, and they mentioned it on RWC too).

He's already hit 6'2 and 200lbs and was great at the combine:

Scouting Combine Performance (After Day 1): Sheahan came into the interview room wearing Brandon Gormleys #27 over top of his #141 to try and have a little fun with the media. He mentioned having spoken with the OIlers and said he would be honoured to be part of the organization.

* 9th in Anaerobic Fitness: Mean Power Output (watts/kg)
* 6th in Musculoskeletal: Standing Long Jump (in)
* 4th in Musculoskeletal: Bench Press (# of 150 lb reps)
* 4th in Musculoskeletal: Bench Press (lb/lb body weight)
* Tied for 10th in Musculoskeletal: Push-Ups (max #)


Aren't we always hearing how the Wings should get bigger and stronger? This kid is already in a grown man's body and didn't turn 18 until December 7th! He could end up 6'3 or better but even at 6'2 200lbs he's a beast.
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:02 AM

Know who else did good in junior? Kirk Maltby. 50 GOAL HANDS!

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:08 AM

Bob McKenzie: University of Notre Dame forward Riley Sheahan (pronounced Shay-en) had to explain himself at the NHL Scouting Combine for a minor off-ice episode involving underage drinking, but NHL scouts are more interested to find out what his offensive upside is, though thats not easy to tell when you play in the defence-first system of the Fighting Irish. Sheahan was perceived as a big, skilled point producer in junior before college and scouts are trying to rationalize meager offensive numbers as a CCHA freshman.



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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:09 AM

I like this pick quite a bit and I think mostly because he fits right into Detroit's system -- meaning that he's a two-way guy who can score some goals and get to the front of the net. They're not breaking the mold here and they're not landing another Datsyuk, but they found a guy that could contribute to this team in the future.

It's hard to doubt the draft strategy of this front office, isn't it?

I like this pick quite a bit and I think mostly because he fits right into Detroit's system -- meaning that he's a two-way guy who can score some goals and get to the front of the net. They're not breaking the mold here and they're not landing another Datsyuk, but they found a guy that could contribute to this team in the future.

It's hard to doubt the draft strategy of this front office, isn't it?

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:13 AM

To KrazyGangsta:

He's a college kid, big Effing deal, it's not like it's a testament to his character. That s*** happens much more than you think, to a lot of people. I have friends who were just like me and weren't crazy drinkers or anything but just so happened to get caught. Do you actually live in the 21st century?

Edited by SwedeLundin77, 26 June 2010 - 12:14 AM.


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:13 AM



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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:16 AM

I'm always more excited about the second, third, fourth, etc rounds than the first.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:19 AM

Here's what Nill had to say:

Hes a big, strong, power forward type of player, Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill said. We took a big guy, finally. None of this, Hes a little weak, but hell get stronger.

Well be patient, but hes advanced physically, which is nice for a young player.


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:20 AM



I think that video is from 2007 too... so he's only 16, maybe 17 there. Good hand, eye coordination - maybe he'll be tipping in Tatar wristers in a few years.





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