Vitals: 6'0'' / 184 lbs.
Birthdate: September 8, 1991
Hometown: St-Fabien, Quebec
Acquired: Detroit's fourth choice (90th overall) in the 2009 draft
CSS Ranking: 62nd North American skater (2009)
Contract: None (must sign by June 1, 2011)
RWC Says: Offensive Defenseman
"He's a high-end skater. Like all kids, he's got to get stronger, but we like his skating ability. He can take the puck and go end-to-end anytime he wants." — Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill (June 2009) ... "His skating is so good — forward, backward, left, right. He can do anything with his feet ... He's a good offensive defenseman. He just needs to get some muscle on him, but he has all the assets to be a good hockey player." — Oceanic GM Yannick Dumais (June 2009).
World-class skater who glides around the ice with smooth strides and breathtaking acceleration ... Great puck-carrier ... Good vision and offensive instincts ... Has the skill-set of a future power-play quarterback ... Makes an honest defensive effort.
Drastically slender for a hockey player and needs more muscle ... Often overmatched defensively, despite good intentions ... Doesn't do well in the corners or in front because he's not strong enough to win battles ... Not physical ... Struggles when he isn't playing with confidence.
The Red Wings took a gamble on Fournier because he's a world-class skater. The rest of his game needs to catch up, but he could evolve into an offensive defenseman. He still needs plenty of work, but after a great season in 2009-10, he's on the right track to earn a contract with the Red Wings. He should be able to elevate himself into QMJHL all-star territory in 2010-11.
Edited by titanium2, 17 September 2010 - 10:38 PM.