A lot to like about Dalibor Dvorsky (54) this afternoon: noticeable in all three zones, skill in tight areas, willingness to battle, and a nice shot to score a goal.
Clip at 1:21 is good. Loses the puck, makes a strong play to get it back in NZ and sets up a chance for himself. pic.twitter.com/FcgfczSBaX
– Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) July 2, 2023
After all, the Canadiens were seen as the logical second choice by many experts and scouts… But he eventually slipped to third in the 2023 auction, and it was the Jackets who finally had the luxury of drafting him.
He started his development camp with a “Michigan” on the very first day of activities, and didn’t wait long before showing off his skills.
Adam Fantilli wasted no time pulling out The Michigan.
– NHL (@NHL) July 4, 2023
He will attend the team’s training camp in the fall and a decision will be made thereafter.
But one thing is clear… Fantilli had a head start on the group at the development camp in Columbus. He stole the show with his feints, but also with the quality of his shooting :
Sheeeesh, Adam Fantilli.
– NHL (@NHL) July 6, 2023
I’m curious to see if they’ll be able to live up to expectations over the next few years. Because there are going to be a lot of expectations.
Dalibor Dvorsky, the best player at Blues camp
For some reason, he wasn’t exactly appealing to CH fans… And Dvorsky made it clear to everyone at the Blues’ development camp that he’s one of the best players in the 2023 draft.
The following images are a fine example. He’s interesting to watch because he does everything on the ice. He excels in all three zones, uses his vision to spot his teammates and scores goals with his excellent wrist shot.
I was impressed watching the two “clips” that follow. He wears number 54:
I believe these are the last clips of Dalibor Dvorsky I have in my phone from today’s scrimmage at #stlblues prospect camp.
Little shimmy at the blue line in the o-zone, the subtle nutmeg in the d-zone after breaking up a rush chance. pic.twitter.com/cZryACYvud
– Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) July 4, 2023
He’s smart on the ice and that’s what I like about his game. He reminds me a bit of Nick Suzuki, in the sense that he knows how to slow the game down when it’s time to do so, and in the sense that he’s responsible on the ice.
Blues fans will have to wait a while to see him in action in the National Hockey League, though. He’ll be returning to Europe this season to continue his development, as Andy Strickland, a journalist assigned to cover the team, mentioned .
Zach Benson and his magic hands
I won’t hide it. I really, really wanted to see Zach Benson drafted fifth overall by the Habs.
He was my favorite of all the prospects still available when Kent Hughes came to the podium to announce his selection. There’s something about the little forward’s game that’s just so appealing…
And I don’t know what it is. It seems that the combination of his magic hands, his sense of play and his ability to get pucks out of his opponents make him a unique player.
I’ll leave you to view the next images before continuing.
Small area games were made for Zach Benson. pic.twitter.com/cfltnC72gX
– The Charging Buffalo (@TheChargingBUF) July 3, 2023
Zach Benson, in 26 seconds. I tried to tell y’all. pic.twitter.com/ScqsXQRCpp
– Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler) July 6, 2023
No, but… He looks like Houdini on skates.
His ability to create space for himself with his little feints is off the charts and I really think he’s going to be a special player in the NHL. His small stature may worry some people, which is only to be expected…
But today’s NHL is not like it used to be. There are more and more small players because the game has changed in terms of strength and speed.
This time of year, when we see the top prospects shine at their respective camps, is always exciting for me. It allows fans to see their skills and get to know them a little better as players, which isn’t always the case in Europe, in the NCAA or in junior.
Careful there. Just because Dalibor Dvorsky and Zach Benson stood out at their camp doesn’t mean the CH made a mistake in selecting David Reinbacher with its first pick in the last draft. It’s far, far too early to come to such a conclusion.
In a row
– The Sens are working hard to trade Alex DeBrincat.
“The Ottawa Senators are working hard at trying to make this happen.” @TheFourthPeriod provides an update on the Alex DeBrincat situation. @NickGismondi | #GoSensGo | #NHLTonight pic.twitter.com/FilsGI567T
– NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) July 7, 2023
If Kyle Dubas and the Penguins want Erik Karlsson, all of the chips should be on the table. #LetsGoPenshttps://t.co/a5nyQxdVTA
– Inside the Penguins (@InsidePenguins) July 7, 2023
– Nice mentality.
– theScore NHL (@theScoreNHL) July 7, 2023
– News from Wimbledon.