Monday, May 28, 2007

The Complete Tip

Zach Hamill
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Country: Canada
Position: Center
League: WHL
Team: Everett Silvertips
Height: 5'11''
Weight: 190
Shoots: Right
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Scouting Report: The long tenured Silvertip center has technically played four years of CHL hockey and as a result is eligible to play in the AHL as soon as this coming season .. a calm presence on the ice who never looks rattled .. has come a long way from being a small, skinny centerman flashing tremendous raw skill to now being a complete forward with high end talent .. still adding mass to his frame, but is no longer considered a small player .. great skater with quiet individual ingredients as nothing about his skating style stands out .. owns a magnificent pair hands and ability to thread passes as he sees them .. floats around processing the play in the offensive zone and then gets himself into great positions to shoot or pass .. equally as good shooting the puck and elects to smartly put his shots on net regardless of what quality the shots are .. is an underrated goal scorer as he has great patience with the puck on his stick .. often waits for the goalie to give him daylight and once he sees an opening he fires .. high assist total comes in part from playing with goal scorer Beach .. works hard and is usually the first backchecker .. shows guts by going into the corners and does not hesitate to work his man over and rough him up .. not a hitter at all but is not soft .. overall hockey instincts are impressive as he always appears to know what to do in every situation .. a great defensive center for all of his offensive skill .. could stand to become a little more physical .. has added 10 pounds since last year but still needs to strengthen his lower body some more .. can get knocked off the puck easily at times .. A quiet and unassuming centerman who has the skill and smarts to make the NHL as a second line center.
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2006-2007 Regular Season Stats
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69 games 32 goals 61 assists 93 points +16 90 PIM
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2007 Playoff Stats
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12 games 2 goals 8 assists 10 points +/-0 16 PIM
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Draft Day Status/Projection: Hamill looks to be all over the place as far as rankings go, but we think he is a solid centerman in a draft full of risks and unknowns. DraftBuzz likens him to a less potent Sam Gagner. We rank him 8th, but can realistically see him getting drafted from the 12th pick to the 30th pick by a team who will like the option of playing him in the minors 2007-2008.
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(photo courtesy of www.everettsilvertips.com)

2 comments:

rick1042 said...

Very interesting read on Zach Hamill. Not sure where he will be picked, but I could also see a team trying to develop him into a very good defensive center due to his hockey sense and his willingness to backcheck, and the fact that he can still score some goals. Maybe a modern version of Guy Carbonneau who was a great goalscorer in the Juniors but made it as a great defensive specialist who could score goals.

Darren said...

I like this guy, saw him live once and on tv on other occasions. Such a slick playmaker. Might have the tendency to hot dog it a bit but it shows he is confident. Not really in a Rob Schremp way either.