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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Some of the lessor knowns Part V

Nick Malysa - Plymouth Whalers
6' 0 193 lbs

A big rugged stay at home defenseman who has shown at times he can provide some offence.

He is an excellent skater who positions himself well defensively and has good speed which enables him to close the gap s quickly.

I was told that he produced offensively prior to joining the Whalers, so I am wondering if they are holding him back.

With his skating, passing and puck moving ability, I question why he gets no power play time.

In 42 games he registered 3 assists and was a plus 2 with 40 PIM.

Anthony Camara - Saginaw Spirit
6'0 179 lbs

Drafted 14th overall, Camara is as tough as they come. In 65 games he registered 6 goals and 6 assists with 96 PIM.

He only knows one way to get from point A to point B and that’s straight through and let nothing stand in your way.

He’s not the strongest of skaters or the fastest and will need to work on that. He has the ability to finish when driving to the net. He put up 31 goals and 25 assists for the Mississauga Senators last year along with 94 penalty minutes.

He is a fun player to watch and will only get meaner once he fills out his frame.

Alex Lepkowski - Saginaw Spirit
6'3" 216 lbs

Big and strong are an understatement when describing Lepkowski. On almost any given night, he’s the hardest worker on the ice for both teams. He plays the same way if they are losing 9-1 or winning 2-1.

He pays attention to what coaches are telling him on the bench, always seeming eager to learn. He has some good puck skills and is a decent skater for his size. He seems content to play a defensive game, but has shown flashes of being able to carry the puck and makes good passes.

Last season in high school he scored 6 goals and added 20 assists in 40 games.

The 66th overall pick registered 1 assist and 39 PIM in 53 games for the Spirit.

Brandon Francisco - Sarnia Sting
5' 10" - 155 lbs

A bit of a surprise Francisco lasted until the 3rd round of the draft, he has excellent speed and is a flawless skater. He has a huge offensive upside. Last season for the York Simcoe Express he put up 107 points in only 72 games.

For the Sting this past season, he played in 62 games registering 12 goals and 20 assists while being asked to play all 3 forward positions.

Not afraid to take a hit to make a play, he plays much bigger than his 5’10”. The only part of his game that he needs to work on is his defence.

Nick Cousins - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
5'9" - 155 lbs

Cousins is small but plays with a tremendous amount of grit. He’s another player with speed and an enormous amount of offensive potential. In 67 games for the Greyhounds he scored 11 goals and added 21 assists. He’s another prospect out of Quinte where he amassed an amazing 72 goals and 67 assists in 71 games in AAA.

He will need some time to grow. But he plays with a passion for the game that is unmatched. If he adds some size, he has the potential to be an amazing player.

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