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  • HW 2011 Prospects: Mark Scheifele


    With each post, you will get to understand what type of player he is, and how he can help the Wild. You'll understand his strengths, flaws and get to understand what type of player he'll develop into.

    The HW's Rank - The average rank of several of our favorite available rankings, weighted appropriately.

    Summary Scout Notes - A broken down version of comments offered by each service. To read the whole explanations, click on the source site and search.

    History And Accomplishments

    HW's Take:

    For some reason, I have fell in love with Mark Scheifele...in terms of being hockey player and all...

    Scheifele played for an awful Barrie Colts team but still managed impressive numbers. He's a two-way center than can set up his teammates, score goals and can even drive to the net. His hockey sense is what makes him a good complete forward.

    He can definitely add some muscle to that 6-2 frame of his to improve his game. Some view Scheifele as a safe pick with a limited offensive upside but honestly, I like everything about this kid, that makes me wonder if he had more upisde than many think.

    The combination of a lanky, raw frame as well as being a part of a terrible team gives me hope. Scheifele is going to be given TONS of minutes playing at all different roles and when he puts on some muscle, he'll become extremely dominant. It doesn't hurt that Aaron Ekblad, the upcoming and potential OHL superstar, is joining Scheifele in helping carry the Barrie Colts.

    In addition, Scheifele showed some of that upside when he played for the U-18, being named one of the top 3 players on the talented Canada team.

    But again, I had to cut my list down to only a few players. Scheifele is my last cut.

    HW's Projection

    Top nine center

    Summary Scouts Notes

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    NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards (via NHL.com)


    Tall (6-3) lanky center has a long stride ... good skater ... has a breakaway/separation gear ... good passer and playmaker ... shields the puck well when in possession ... nice hands and shifty moves make him difficult to defend ... smart and creative ... good character guy and leader ... shot is average ... lanky and thin ... needs a lot of time and dedication in the weight room

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    Where Does He Fit With The Wild?

    At this point through the Prospect Profiles, you would have already recognized that I think most of the top 20 prospects fit the Wild. And its true.

    We need anything, and everything.

    Good Choice At #10?

    Very good pick. He gives a good all-round game that the Wild could use.

    How Does He Look As A Wild?

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