Lots of talent and much room for improvement
Junior hockey prospect Patrick Parfrey works out on the stationary bike Friday at the Fog Devils gym at Mile One Centre. Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram
There are a half-dozen young hockey players from Newfoundland listed in the first five rounds of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Central Scouting Bureaus rankings for todays QMJHL entry draft.
The Telegram recently asked several scouts familiar with midget prospects from this province to offer, under condition of anonymity, their opinions on these six players. Here are their comments:
(Note: players are listed in order of their overall CSB rating, however, we have also included the rankings of the independent International Scouting Service)
Brandon Street, C, Tri-Pen Frost, 5-11 1/2, 160 lb., 27GP 19-10-29, 77 PIMs, May 23, 1991
Rank: 25th CSB, 34th ISS
Million dollar skills, but sometimes I wonder about his heart and work ethic, said one scout about Street, the latest hockey phenom from Bonavista.
Hes a strong skater, and hes very good with the puck, Defensively, hes all right, too. But the question is whether hes got that gear that comes with being motivated.
He has all tools to play at the next level and maybe beyond, said another.
He just has to decide if he wants it. If he does, he could be a very special player.
On pure God-given talent, hes easily at the top of the list, stated a third.
Travis Randell, St. Johns Maple Leafs, C/RW, 5-10 1/2, 183 lb., 28 GP 12-15 -27, 10 PIMs, May 23, 1991
Rank: 32nd CSB, 25th ISS
At one time, Randell was seen as first-round material, but the Twillingate natives stock dropped somewhat over the course of the season. Still, he was the clear-cut favourite amongst Newfoundlanders of most of the scouts we talked to.
Overall, to me, Randell is the best available from here. Its not even close, said one.
Hes a player you couldnt help but notice, even though he was on a team that rolls four lines as opposed to Street, who was the man on his team. Hes got skill, plus hes a real character guy. He reminds me of (St. Johns Fog Devils captain) Matt Fillier.
His defensive game really improved last season and he was one of the Maple Leafs best players at the nationals (Telus Cup Canadian major midget championship), opined another.
Physically, the player most ready to play at the next level. In fact, he may be the only one who can make the jump (next season), said a third. And hes got a real hidden desire to play.
Patrick Parfrey, St. Johns Maple Leafs, D, 6-0, 173 lb., 23 GP 11-6-17, 12 PIMs, Nov. 1, 1991
Rank: 52nd CSB, 43rd ISS
Parfrey is still a year away and hes not going to be a superstar, but he will be a super player, predicted one of the scouts we talked to.
Hes tough as nails, offered another, just like his father (famed rugby coach Pat Parfrey) and his brothers. Plus, hes a complete leader.
Hes not flashy, but he has deceptive lateral speed, said a third, and hes great one on one.
Hes not an offensive defenceman, but that also means he wont make the mistakes offensive defencemen often do.
He doesnt have the same skill-set as lot of the others, but he makes the most of what hes got. And with that family background, you cant go wrong, stated a fourth.
Brad Yetman, St. Johns Maple Leafs, D, 6-1, 170 lb., 26 GP 0-11-11, 38 PIMs, Nov. 1, 1991
Rank: 54th CSB, 26th ISS
In addition to its overall rankings, the ISS annual QMJHL draft preview includes top-five lists best skater, best shot, hardest to play against, etc. and ISS has Yetman at the top of its most underrated category.
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