by Corey Pronman
A number of prospects drafted in 2011 went unsigned, but a few could get picked again in the 2013 draft. Frederik Andersen is a good example of a player like that. He was a 7th round pick by Carolina in 2010, was picked by Anaheim in the 3rd round in 2012, and has emerged as a top goaltending prospect.
Brenden Kichton, Defense, 5th round pick in 2011 by NYI (Spokane-WHL):
Kichton was named the WHL Defenseman of the Year in his overage year after being a runner up last season. The former Islander prospect was my #13 prospect in the NYI system last summer, an organization that I ranked 2nd and classified as very deep. A report by Arthur Staples said Kichton turned down an offer from the Islanders.
Kichton is a very talented offensive defenseman. He’s been above a point per game in the WHL for the last three seasons. His skating is solid with notable above-average puck handling and puck moving abilities. He also displays a fine on-ice work ethic. The issues with Kichton are he’s a tad undersized and his defensive game remains underwhelming. He has top four defenseman upside, but if his own end play never comes around, he could potentially be a specialist.
Ranking: Mid 3rd round
Alan Quine, Left Wing, 3rd round pick in 2011 by DET (Belleville-OHL):
Quine was considered a toolsy player at the time of the draft who was a bit of a project. He had mono at the start of the season but then right around midseason after he was traded to Belleville everything started to click for him.
Quine is a player with above-average to high end speed and puck skills with a fair amount of competitiveness. He’s small and his defensive coverage certainly needs a fair amount of work. However this is a player who if he pans out has the tools to be a top six forward if he can play in a pro level coaching system and handle the physical game. He’s shown this season in the OHL that he has the ability with the puck to make all sorts of plays. My suspicion is due to how close Detroit is next year to the 50 contract limit played a part into the decision to not sign Quine.
Ranking: Late 2nd/early 3rd round
Zach Yuen, Defense, 4th round pick in 2011 by WPG (Tri-City-WHL):
Yuen is a solid, safe low upside prospect but one who does have a decent chance to be an NHLer. He played a ton of minutes in the WHL this year in all situations, but at the top level he projects more as a 3rd pairing defensive defenseman. Yuen skates at an above-average level, shows a fine level of work ethic, and tends to make good decisions with his reads. He’s limited with the puck. He’s not a horrible offensive player, but certainly not an NHL power play option down the line but can make a decent first pass.
Yuen was my #12 prospect for the Jets in the rankings I posted last summer.
Ranking: 5th-6th round