LBC Mock Draft: Thomas Chabot goes 19th overall to the Detroit Red Wings
A team in need of defensive prospects picks up a smooth skating puck mover from the QMJHL.
The Detroit Red Wings have kept their NHL team successful for so long by replenishing the bottom half of their roster with players they've picked up in the later rounds of the draft. Forwards such as Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkinnen, Dylan Larkin, Andreas Anthanasiou and Anthony Mantha look to carry the torch after players such as Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader leave. The team does have a number of good defensive prospects, but none as high end as Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha, or as proven as Nyqvist or Tatar.
With that in mind, the Detroit Red Wings use the 19th overall selection in the LBC Mock Draft to select:
Thomas Chabot - D St. John's Ice Dogs
Thomas Chabot really flew up draft boards this season, and as a result, is almost a lock to be taken in the first round. The Red Wings could use a puck mover like Chabot, even though they already have some of these players in the system.
From the scouts:
"A strong passer who delivers pucks with good timing and accuracy…has the ability to read the play and pick-and-choose his spots…has a powerful stride that generates power but could improve the overall quickness in his feet…willing to join the offensive attack…handles the puck well…not a big point shot but gets it on net consistently…reads the play well in his own zone and defensively he has the size and reach to close off lanes…good transition defender that moves the puck up ice. (December 2014)"
"A silky, smooth skater, Chabot shows high potential as puck moving defensive prospect. He has the speed to join or lead the rush, and get back defensively. He has the edgework and agility to pivot quickly and cover large areas of the ice, or to walk the line and open up passing and shooting lanes. He is calm and composed with the puck, has good stickhandling ability and can make a strong pass either to start the transition, or set up a play from the blueline. His shot is decent, and he has good accuracy, but he could stand to add some more muscle, and make it even harder.Defensively he has good positioning and is willing to play a physical game in front of the net and in the corners."
Ben Kerr – Last Word On Sports