NHL Draft 2011: Ty Rattie and the 10 Most Overrated Players in the Draft
In every draft class there are a number of players who might not exactly live up to their billing as the high-ranking budding superstar NHL Central Scouting predicts them to be.
These players might take a few more years to mature, might get injured while playing in the minors, or just might never adapt to the high-level professional game and never see any significant time in the NHL.
Whatever the reason is, these overrated players are ones every team wants to avoid, but whom nobody can really identify.
For this reason, I now give you 10 players who are showing signs of being one of these overrated draft busts.
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1. Tomas Jurco
He's got some absolutely dazzling stickhandling skills that will make even Sidney Crosby and Bobby Ryan's jaws drop, making him a highly sought-after prospect by many teams.
However, there's more to hockey than a game of fancy puck movement, and I'm not so sure Tomas Jurco is ready for it.
His numbers in the juniors with the Saint John's Sea Dogs weren't bad, but they weren't the best either. He averaged less than a point per game, which isn't as good as some of the guys above him or even below him for that matter.
I'm not sure those fancy stick skills of his will get him far in the NHL against seasoned veteran defensemen, making him kind of a big risk in this year's draft.
2. Jamieson Oleksiak
A lot of teams love him for his fierce play, his defensive prowess and probably most of all his 6'7" size, making him a very popular prospect for a host of teams looking for a boost in their defensive depth.
However, Oleksiak will most likely require a lot of time in the minor leagues to mature, making him an investment that might take a while to pan out.
His size and his hockey sense might make it worth it eventually, but it's probably going to be a bit of a long haul while waiting for this young defenseman to mature. Hence some people think he's going to fall to late in the first round despite his desirable stature.
3. Alexander Khokhlachev
There are some people who are pegging this young, flashy Russian as a dark horse in this year's draft that could sneak into the late picks of the first round.
I disagree with this, however, as Khokhlachev has shown some flaws to his game and might even fall to the mid-late second round as a result.
For one, he stands only 5'10", making his size a bit of a worry. Second, his primary scoring methods of stickhandling and sniping will become less useful in the higher ranks of the game, making him, like Jurco, a bit of a risk.
4. Boone Jenner
There's a lot to like about this powerful center, but there's a lot of signs that show he might not be all he's cracked up to be.
His game centers mostly around his size, which he's got plenty of standing at 6'1" and 204 lbs. However, that type of size is both drawing comparisons to power centers like Ryan Getzlaf and Joe Thornton, while also demonstrating characteristics that are more often found in energy line/checking-line centers.
If Jenner can't keep up the scoring form he's put together in juniors, then he very likely might be relegated to this role. Hopefully his career isn't shortened by injuries, which is another unfortunate downside to energy players like him.
5. Jonas Brodin
He's being extremely highly touted as a young defenseman who's already managed to earn ice time for Farjestad in the Swedish Elite League, but the third-ranked European skater has a few flaws.
He stands at 6'1" in height, but weighs only 169 lbs, meaning he'll have to spend some significant time building the muscle to play in the NHL.
This shouldn't matter too much since he's going to take some significant time in the minors to prepare, but it's going to also take him a while to adapt to the much more physical North American game. This makes him more likely to be taken by a team who can afford to keep him in their development system by a long time, and possibly even fall to the second round.
6. John Gibson
NHL teams will love the prospect of a No. 1 ranked North American goalie who stands 6'3", but for a team in need of a goalie to be NHL-ready quickly, then they might want to look for a different option.
John Gibson boasts a great record, doing an outstanding job for Team USA in the Under-18 World Championships; however he will take a lot of time to mature and will have to work on his reaction time in order to be able to run with the NHL or even the AHL.
For a team looking for a future investment that could pay dividends, Gibson could be a gold mine, but I don't think any teams will be looking to use a first-round pick on him, meaning he might fall to the second round.
7. Ryan Murphy
His scoring numbers have been nothing short of stellar, but I'm cautious to give Ryan Murphy such a high position on the draft board because he will definitely not be NHL-ready next year and maybe not for as much as three years or so.
Ryan Murphy stands only 5'10" and weighs only 166 lbs, meaning he's going to need to put a lot of muscle on if he ever wants to have a chance to break into an NHL lineup.
With his size, he's going to have to be particularly strong and exceptionally positionally aware to have any shot of playing well in the NHL, or else he's going to simply get pushed around, get run ragged and see those beautiful scoring numbers from juniors are going to disappear.
8. Tyler Biggs
An extremely talented and big forward, Tyler Biggs could be ready for the NHL sooner than many of the other kids in this year's draft class; however he at the same time could take several years to get there.
Biggs does have the physical stature of an NHL player already, standing 6'1" 204 lbs, but when his point numbers are compared to much of the rest of this year's draft class, he doesn't really stand out. In 48 games in the USHL, Biggs only managed 28 points while racking up 112 penalty minutes.
He's got a talent for natural leadership, but this is the type of player who winds up throwing his body around on the third line and occasionally slamming in a goal or so...not someone you want to spend a first-round pick on.
9. Brandon Saad
He's known for his high-energy play and a good mixture of size and skill, but his type of player is one who usually winds up with shortened careers due to injury. It's also a style that's very difficult to bring to an NHL level.
He loves to use that 6'1", 208-lbs frame to his advantage, but he's going to need to figure out how to bring his game from a junior level to an NHL level if he's going to succeed.
Will he ever get there? Yeah, eventually. However, it won't be for some time yet, and I think he's likely to slip down the draft board rankings as a result.
10. Ty Rattie
He may be the 17th-ranked North American skater, but it wouldn't surprise me if Ty Rattie dropped to the second round of this year's draft.
Rattie's biggest crutch is one that's been very commonly seen throughout this slideshow: his size. Measuring only 163 lbs to his 5'11" frame, Rattie needs some major strength work before he'll be ready for the NHL or even the AHL for that matter.
It's hard for me to see teams being willing to gamble on taking Rattie early; however he could be a great steal in the second round for a team looking for a solid right winger.
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