Zemgus Girgensons to Sabres: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis
Height/Weight: 6'2", 198 lbs
Youth Team: EVHS
Current Team: Dubuque (USHL)
In terms of pure talent, Zemgus Girgensons doesn't measure up to other forwards like Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk, but the promising Latvian has a lot of good qualities that should make him an effective NHL player in the future. Before that happens, though, Girgensons will have to go through a long seasoning process.
Girgensons has played in North America for the past couple seasons as a member of the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL. His style has translated quite well, as he led Dubuque with 55 points in 49 games this past season. Girgensons will now attend the University of Vermont rather than playing Canadian juniors, so he should really mature in the coming years.
At 6'2" and 198 lbs, Girgensons has excellent size that promises to make him a solid player at the next level. The NHL has evolved into a league where you have to be able to make plays with very little space, and Girgensons can certainly do that. He isn't fussy about going to the high-traffic areas, he has very good hands and he is a very adept skater to boot.
Girgensons' contributions don't stop on the offensive end, as he is more than willing to work hard defensively and plays with a bit of an edge.
He is well known for laying some big hits, and that should make him a fan favorite when he eventually makes it to the NHL. The only issue with Girgensons is that his ceiling isn't as high as some of the other forwards in this draft, but I tend to say that his floor is higher than most.
There aren't many players in the draft who work harder than Girgensons, and that should lead him to NHL success.
He seems to have blossomed in the United States, so I don't view him as the type of European player that would bolt for the KHL or Elitserien in Sweden if the going got tough at the NHL level. Girgensons may never become a superstar, but I envision him being a 50- to 60-point scorer who could be an integral part of some winning teams.
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