Let me preface this by saying Michael Dal Colle, Nick Ritchie and Robby Fabbri are all interchangeable in my rankings and I think all are top 10 selections (worthy of it, anyway). I just have some small preferences and that’s why I rank Michael Dal Colle 3rd among that group. Michael Dal Colle was as consistent as can be offensively this season. His wrist shot is phenomenal, more specifically the release. And he uses his body (6’2) to shield the puck well to create the space he needs to get it off. Michael Dal Colle is going to score his share of goals in the NHL. He’s improved his skating a lot since joining the league and is now terrific at coming off the wall and creating chances, showcasing a more explosive stride. He’ll likely still put work into his skating, too, and it should only continue to improve.
Michael Dal Colle also has good vision for a big man and is a very effective player with the man advantage, as he draws defenses to him only to find open linemates. While Dal Colle can play either center or wing, I think it’s safe to assume he projects as a winger because it’s been his primary position the last few years. So, why the lower ranking than Ritchie and Fabbri? I don’t think Dal Colle will ever be the type of player who impacts the game more than just offensively. He’s big, but I don’t ever see him being the physical brute that Ritchie is, or the forechecking puck hound that Fabbri is. And while I’m sure he’ll put in work to be better defensively, again, I think the other two have greater potential in that area. Offensively, he might be a touch better and has a more dynamic skill set, but if we’re talking about choosing between an 80-point one dimensional player and a 60 point two-way player, I’m taking the 60 point guy.
– Brock Otten, OHL Prospects
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“I think he’s Jeff Carter,” says one scout.
“I see more Ryan Getzlaf in him,” says another. “He’s further advanced at this stage than both Carter and Getzlaf, actually.”
That’s pretty heady praise from two NHL bird dogs who’ve spent years sniffing Zamboni fumes in rinks across North America—but comparisons to the greats of today’s game jump out at you when you pay attention to what Michael Dal Colle has done in Oshawa.
Should we start targetting him and go for the #3 pick? That'd be a move closer to #1 C.
Its a Hank Snow song Wharnsby. But then what would you expect from a Right wing rag owned by a Quebec Seperatist
@Zep2 Only a maritimer would know that was a Hank Snow song lol. Didn't notice that till you mentioned it .
BTW Its Hornby not Wharnsby
Marlies coach Steve Spott is the product of everywhere he's been
Looking at different reports I am getting more and more certain that Isles and Panthers are ready to ripped in a couple of trades.
Snow must be on his last chance to make something out of the Isles, so he need help now.
Viola wants to win now, so they also need help next season.
Shanahan and Nonis should get it done asap
fuck me, i never thought of it, but imagine if burke would have traded the 7th (kadri) and kaberle for kessel instead of the picks back in 2009
@Jordan29 You can also throw in the pick that got Brandon Saad as Burke had to use that and a third to reacquire the Leafs original second rounder. The Kessel deal was more than the two firsts and second it appears to be (throw in another second and a third).
@leafersutherland just getting ready for next season.
@~Keon very sad. He was one of the good guys.
people who are other teams fans seem to think Phaneuf and the 8th overall for Couture is gonna happen
@Jordan29 Where you seeing this?
@NotSince67 ....i dont get it
@~Keon Was his name Keon?
a question on offer sheeting: why dont more people force a free agency issue by offer sheeting people with 1/2 year contracts depending on what gets them to FA? if people seem to want out that is... teams are forced to match and it means the player can walk. might not help the signing team all THAT much but would REALLY fuck over some other teams
@leafersutherland @Sexyhairyman true, and good analogy. Mutual Assured Destruction and offer sheets are pretty close... but there are some gutsy shit bag GM's out there. i was thinking in this instance (an instance of knowing things were rumours just doing dynamics) of subban, who people say love toronto and hate montreal. while this isnt real, im sure it happens sometimes in the league, where the player would JUMP at a one year contract, force the team to sign, and then the original team could get them as a free agent.
@leafersutherland @Sexyhairyman thats my point. ok, using him as a hypothetical and not a realistic, he has one year left on his contract. IF he wanted to be a leaf and hated montreal, the leafs offer him one year say, 6 mil. something montreal WILL match. that takes him to free agency, and the leafs have a chance to bid on him (once again in this hypothetical, shitty internet rumours are true and he wants to be a leaf). now apply this to players who actually want to play for competitive hometown teams, or southern teams with friend or family...
@leafersutherland @Sexyhairyman hahaha yeah its very true. i totally see what you mean of course, it was a more special occasion when a player has a clear preference... but im guessing there would be no shortage of people wanting out of toronto. i know the offer sheet is bad, i was more curious if this strategy had ever been thought of. thanks for the debate though!
@Sexyhairyman Matching a 1 or 2 year contract is automatic. The player won't even bother signing it unless it was for huge dough.
OK, leafs vs marlies 7 game series... whats the predication you guys have?
i would give the marlies 2 wins... one cause you can never count a goalie out, and nhl or not mac can steal games! and the second because after game 3 the marlies would be grinding the leafs down and refuse to give up...
man i thought i was optimistic with the marlies... secretly i like to believe they would win it too...
@Sexyhairyman I'd say Leafs sweep in 4, Kessel lights up Mac. Dion crushes D'amigo, and FML chases Orr around the ice and Orr doesn't fight.
Also, Kadri and Lupul would have that Marlie D corps mesmerized, and Phil and JvR would torch them to the outside.
@Sexyhairyman Leafs in 4. Huge difference in talent.