Kurt Etchegary THW Close-Up:
Date of birth: 11/12/1994
Place of birth: St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
Ht: 5’11” Wt: 185 lbs
Twitter Handle: @etchy19
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2013
THW Ranking (January 2013): 72
Other Rankings:Kurt Etchegary had arthroscopic hip surgery a few months ago, but has rejoined the Quebec Remparts in tip-top shape. He’s continued right where he left off and has reunited with his linemates, Adam Erne and Nick Sorensen.
Etchegary has 25 points in 31 games so far, but has also been able to tack on some penalty minutes with 56. He’s a prototypical two-way center with keen offensive awareness paired with astute defensive presence. Standing 5’10”, Etchegary may not be the biggest guy on the ice, but he certainly knows how to throw his weight around. Strong in all facets of the game, Etchegary prides himself on his work ethic and determination. He owns a deceptively quick wrist shot and is very strong on faceoffs.
Etchegary isn’t ranked in the top 30 in any list I’ve seen, but he will get drafted regardless. It may be as high as the 2nd round or as low as the 5th, but some team will be acquiring a workhorse who doesn’t shy away from anyone on the ice. A warrior in the purest sense of the word, Etchegary will find his way to an team that suits him come June. Expect him to be used effectively in a 3rd line/checking role when he paves his way into the NHL.
“Real hard working player. He didn’t really standout offensively but he was in the way, getting involved the whole game. His skating looked average, where he had good speed but not quite enough to create anything offensively.”
ETA: 4 years
Risk/Reward Analysis: Risk= 3/5 Reward = 4/5
NHL Potential: Solid bottom 6 center with the ability to play 2nd line if needed.
- Defensive presence
- Wrist shot
- Great along the boards
- Two-way play
- Work ethic
Flaws/Aspects He Needs to Work On:
- Skating – both agility and speed
- Controlling his temper
- Playing a simple game
Fantasy Hockey Potential: Offensive: 5/10 Defensive: 6/10
NHL Player(s) Comparison:
- David Backes lite
- Ryan Callahan
- Vladimir Sobotka
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