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:
47. Eric Gelinas – Defenseman
Date of birth: May 08, 1991
Place of birth: Ottawa, Ont., Canada
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 185
One-Timer: Gelinas had 39 points in 67 games for Lewiston of the QMJHL this past season. He is a dependable two-way blueliner who has yet to fill out his lanky frame, and thus at present time is not much of a physical presence. He does possess good hockey smarts, however, and plays an intelligent game at both ends of the rink. Coaches rave about his willingness to learn and consistency of play. He states himself he patterns his game after Pronger, but will have to develop a more physical style of play.
NHL Player(s) Comparison: Braydon Coburn
Gelinas’ THN Blog: http://www.thehockeynews.com/listings/169-Eric-Gelinas-Blog.html
Scouting Combine Performance: Gelinas tied for the 5th longest wing span.
International Tournaments: n/a
ETA = 3 to 4 years
Risk-Reward Analysis: Risk = 2.5 Reward = 4/5
NHL Potential: Top 4 two-way defenseman
Fantasy Hockey Potential: Offensive = 7.5/10 Defensive = 7.5/10
Video Links: n/a
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