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2011 NHL Draft: Name that Blackhawk!

Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 1:00 AM / Features
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2011 NHL Draft: Name that Blackhawk!
What were scouts saying about Jonathan Toews before he went 3rd overall in 2006? (Photo by Getty Images).

There is so much analysis and debate before the NHL Draft, mostly discussing how each prospect projects as an NHL player. Sometimes these projections are accurate, sometimes they prove to be wildly off-target.

Below are six
Red Line Report scouting reports about current Blackhawks players or prospects written during that player's draft year. Match the scouting report with the player you think it's referring to and see how many you get right! Answers are at the bottom - no peeking!

PLAYERS:
A. Jonathan Toews B. Michael Frolik C. Nick Leddy D. Jeremy Morin E. Duncan Keith F. Dave Bolland

SCOUTING REPORTS:

1
. "One of the least highly-touted talents in the draft, and Red Line Report is at a loss to explain why. Yes, he's only 6-0/175-pounds, needs to add some upper-body strength and his straight line speed skating is only average. But he gets to every loose puck first, finishes every check and plays with grit and determination. Not the prettiest skater with a choppy stride, but very good quickness. Potential big-time player in the NHL with magical anticipation and offensive instincts."

2. "If not for John Tavares, he'd be the most coveted pure sniper in the draft. Always dangerous with the puck and can take over and dominate in stretches. Deadly from the circles in with a lightning-quick release on an accurate shot. Comes up with timely, important goals and wants the puck with the game on the line. Can be contained for 57 minutes, yet still win the game for you. Outstanding puck skills and terrific hands - both gives and receives passes well. Lacks first step burst and stride is ugly, but always gets where he needs to be due to great anticipation and shows good balance - strong on skates and wins puck battles. Hellacious one-timer on the PP."

3. "The most complete all-around player in this draft. Supremely skilled and creative with great hands and touch around the net. A real sniper who has tremendous patience with the puck around the crease. Has a wicked wrist shot that can pinpoint to any corner he wants - buries his chances. Excellent anticipation and the puck always seems to find him; has the knack for being in the right place at the right time. Was the youngest player in U.S. collegiate hockey, yet was a key member of a top-10 club. Can play any style. Superb hockey intelligence in all three zones and is extremely aware and responsible defensively."

4. "Has a loping and effortless stride, and the pure speed to get himself out of trouble or recover from a mistake. Has played the point on the PP and is a decent passer. Right now, he isn't strong enough to make a difference physically, but he has the wheels to either carry the puck out of his own end or jump into the play late and create a scoring chance. The tools are there for him to be right there with the most offensively skilled d-men in this draft. Really needs to begin bulking up slight frame, or will stand no chance at the next level. Projects as a #4-5 finesse defenseman."

5. "When he's on his game, has unbelieveable, off-the-charts anticipation - knows where the puck is going before it gets there. Wonderful hands and skills. Has excellent vision as a pinpoint passer. Top-notch, world class skills. Needs to develop physically and gain more strength. Works in his own zone but is still learning the defensive aspects of the game. The biggest wildcard in this draft."

6. "Dynamic skater with outstanding stick skills and puckhandling ability can be a devastating offensive force. Extremely smooth and skilled with superb instincts for the game. Finesse, offensive defenseman is small in stature, but has plenty of giddy-up in the tank. Goes from zero to 60 in a single stride and is an agile, elusive skater. Makes excellent decisions on when to go with the puck and jumps in at the right times to create odd-man rushes. Makes the game look easy and can go end-to-end and finish a play. Fine leadership qualities. Smallish defender can be overpowered around corners and in front of own net, but competes well and uses body positioning to seal off opposing forwards."

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