What a great Top Ten for the WHL... Defensemen

What a great Top Ten for the WHL... Defensemen

Joined: March 28th, 2005, 10:24 pm

June 23rd, 2012, 5:54 am #1

FIVE of the top eight players taken in the NHL Draft were from the WHL.
All five of those players were defensemen.

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June 23rd, 2012, 4:40 pm #3

The best defenceman taken in the draft went in the second day. Joey Lalegia of Denver. He broke Keith's scoring records in BC and just ripped up US college. The Oilers got him in the 5th but he is a first round talent somewhat like Pouliot and Riley, with maybe more offence than both.
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June 23rd, 2012, 5:09 pm #4

Know a couple people that have watched him play at the college level and when he was in the BCHL and they realy liked him and thought he'd go in the 2nd or 3rd round. Nice pick by the Oilers for sure.
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June 23rd, 2012, 6:53 pm #5

The best defenceman taken in the draft went in the second day. Joey Lalegia of Denver. He broke Keith's scoring records in BC and just ripped up US college. The Oilers got him in the 5th but he is a first round talent somewhat like Pouliot and Riley, with maybe more offence than both.
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From the Edmonton Journal;

The Edmonton Oilers have spent their fifth-round pick on an undersized offensive defenseman from the University of Denver, Joey Laleggia.

Laleggia is an overage player who spent 2011-12 in college hockey after playing in the BCHL for the last few years. Bob Stauffer pointed out that Laleggia is also a close friend of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and that Nugent-Hopkins is a big believer in his ability to be a professional player.

Laleggia is undersized for a defenseman, generally listed at 510 and around 180lbs. He put up big numbers in the BCHL and really impressed in college hockey this year, scoring 11 goals and 38 points in 43 games. He played in all situations including scoring while his team was shorthanded and posted the best plus/minus on the Pioneers blue line. The bulk of his scoring came at even-strength just 15 of those 38 points were power play production.

Corey Pronman had Laleggia ranked inside his top-100, and describes him (in part) this way:

Hes a good skater with a great offensive mind who would be a nice shot in the dark pick in the mid-rounds due to his notable offensive upside. He flashes high-end hockey sense with his quick game processing and hes really effective moving the puck out of his own end and controlling the blue line on the power play. Laleggia has solid puck skills as well, at times showing above average, but he is a much better passer than he is an individual creator. He skates well, moving fluidly in all four directions. His main weakness is his physical game, which is below replacement level. Ive seen him listed at 510, which is generous in my opinion as he looks pretty small on the ice, and he is not effective at all when hes engaging. Despite his hockey smarts, I dont see him as being effective defensively to any notable degree at the pro level.

This is another nice late-round pick. Because Laleggia is a college player, hell have more time to fill out and develop his game than a drafted defenseman typically does. This is a long-term pick, a player that might significantly outperform his draft number down the line. Its a very similar selection to the Zharkov pick in that hes a boom-or-bust guy who if he does turn out can turn out in a big way. Realistically, a Marc-Andre Bergeron-type career would be a very good return on this pick.


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June 23rd, 2012, 7:10 pm #6

The best defenceman taken in the draft went in the second day. Joey Lalegia of Denver. He broke Keith's scoring records in BC and just ripped up US college. The Oilers got him in the 5th but he is a first round talent somewhat like Pouliot and Riley, with maybe more offence than both.
When a scout says the following...

"Ive seen him listed at 510, which is generous in my opinion as he looks pretty small on the ice, and he is not effective at all when hes engaging. Despite his hockey smarts, I dont see him as being effective defensively to any notable degree at the pro level."

...I think it's a little bit of a stretch to call him "the best defenceman taken in the draft".


Nice try.

You and PC can build your make-believe NHL teams around guys like Laleggia and Thrower. While the actual hockey experts will stick with reality and Murray, Rielly, Poulliot, etc...




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June 23rd, 2012, 7:22 pm #7

rookie of the year in ncaa as a 19 year old against superior opponents. point a game in college is 1.5 in whl. 90 point guy in whl.
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June 23rd, 2012, 7:26 pm #8

He also would have been a 1,000 point guy in PeeWee AA... But, he didn't play there, either.



Didn't say he was bad... Just nowhere near the best defenceman in the draft. Nowhere near.
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June 23rd, 2012, 7:29 pm #9

rookie of the year in ncaa as a 19 year old against superior opponents. point a game in college is 1.5 in whl. 90 point guy in whl.
Since when is 38 pts in 43 games a point a game?
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June 23rd, 2012, 7:48 pm #10

This is another nice late-round pick. Because Laleggia is a college player, hell have more time to fill out and develop his game than a drafted defenseman typically does. This is a long-term pick, a player that might significantly outperform his draft number down the line. Its a very similar selection to the Zharkov pick in that hes a boom-or-bust guy who if he does turn out can turn out in a big way. Realistically, a Marc-Andre Bergeron-type career would be a very good return on this pick.

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