Will the lucky #CH be Ryan Leonard?
With Kent Hughes doing his best to muddy the waters, who knows?
But here’s why scouts love him and why some even rank him ahead of Will Smith. https://t.co/fr2E7zL3Jg
– Nicolas Cloutier (@NCloutierTVA) June 16, 2023
One of them is Ryan Leonard. And, I must admit, I’m a little intrigued.
It’s interesting because the American describes himself as a versatile player on the ice, but also as a player with extraordinary power. He’s been described as a luxury power forward who can also add a certain offensive touch to his game.
Personally, I think he’s a bit like Matthew Tkachuk. The attributes are similar: two guys with offensive qualities who are capable of upsetting the opposition.
Leonard is such a special case that some scouts see him very high on their respective lists. Chris Peters, a journalist who covers the USHL and saw him play last season, explains why some scouts would choose Ryan Leonard…
Leonard’s field hockey sense isn’t as sharp as Smith’s, which is elite quality, but some teams will value Leonard’s physical side more and conclude that his qualities translate better to the NHL.
It’s not the same discourse as in the 80s or 90s, because the game has changed quite significantly, but these cases will always remain intriguing because we know how much they can help a team on the ice.
Just look at Josh Anderson in Montreal. When he’s in shape and working his butt off, everyone will agree that Anderson is a mean, good field hockey player…
And that’s exactly why Marc Bergevin decided to offer him a long-term contract. Players like him aren’t exactly a dime a dozen in the NHL, and they’re a dime a dozen.
All that to say, I understand the interest in Leonard. On the other hand, Will Smith is such an attractive player because of his offensive qualities that it’s hard for me to make up my mind between the two.
However, I’m of the opinion that they will both become good, even very good NHL players in the future. At that point, it’s a question of preference between their respective styles of play.
– Bravo for the gesture.
– RMNB (@rmnb) June 16, 2023
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As a kid, he was a season ticket holder for the WHL’s @PARaidersHockey and has fond memories of Leon Draisaitl giving him his stick at a minor field hockey practice that Draisaitl and Josh Morrissey attended. #NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/by32tVaPNz
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“We’re gonna try to make things happen…”
Flyers GM Daniel Briere talks to @rayferraro21 & @DarrenDreger on the @rayanddregs Podcast about the team’s anticipation for the draft and the improvements they’ll look to make to the roster: https://t.co/imjFppLXrT
– TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) June 16, 2023
– Too bad.