Nathan Geertsen finished at No. 59 for skaters in the NHL Central Scouting rankings for the 2013 NHL Draft.
Geertsen's "talent analysis" on HockeysFuture.com says that he is a "big, tough, rearguard. Already NHL-sized. Established early as a player prepared to take on WHL heavyweights. Able to control opponents in defensive zone. Should become more involved offensively as skating improves."
The obvious thing that is noticed about Geertsen is the ability to knock other players off of the puck. Geertsen takes the body on a regular basis and he doesn't care whether he is taking the hit or giving the hit.
Geertsen put up 14 points in 73 WHL games last year between the Edmonton Oil Kings and the Vancouver Giants.
He obviously isn't the next two-way defenseman that the Detroit Red Wings have been searching for to take the place of the likes of Brian Rafalski, but Geertson does seem to have the raw talent and ability to play at a hard-hitting, second or third pairing level in the NHL, assuming he can get his offensive game on track in the NHL.
The Red Wings have the No. 79 pick in the third round, so Geertson could still be on the board at that point.