Christopher Ralph is a hockey writer with a focus on prospects and the entry draft, as well as the Leafs’ correspondent here at THW.
“Full Potential” Prospect Profile:
25. Nick Leddy – Eden Prairie, MN – 5’11” – 180 lbs – MN-HS – Eden Prairie – D
One-Timer: The recently crowned “Mr. Hockey”, as the best high-school player in Minnesota high school, is a tad on the small side, but boy is he fast! He is a very poised player and an uncanny ability to make plays at high speeds. He posses very good vision and thus makes intelligent decisions on both sides of the rink, to go with his exceptional skating ability. He will be attending the University of Minnesota in 2009.
NHL Player(s) Comparison: Kris Russell, Dan Boyle, Brian Rafalski
Scouting Combine Performance:
- Sorokin enthusiastically reported: “What a physique! Absolutely murdered the vertical leap test. Put together beautifully, as he’s got the lower body to be able to skate, and the upper body to handle forwards. Should be a good one in my opinion.” TSN confirmed Leddy had the best vertical jump of the day.
International Tournaments: At the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament in 2008, recording two assists in four games, representing Team USA
ETA = 3 to 4 years
Risk-Reward Analysis: Risk = 2.5/5 Reward = 4/5
NHL Potential: 2nd pairing two-way blueliner
Fantasy Hockey Potential: Offensive = 8/10 Defensive = 8/10
- ISS: 21
- CSB: 24-NA
- TSN: n/a
- THN: 25
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Chris is THW’s senior draft/prospect analyst and a Managing Editor. Watch for “The Next Ones” Prospect Profile series, exclusive rankings, mock drafts, as well as the annual THW NHL Entry Draft Guide. Follow @ChrisRalphYQ on Twitter as he infiltrates, dissects and analyzes all happenings of hockey prospects and the NHL entry draft. Email: cralph[at]thehockeywriters[dot]com