Name: Zach Redmond
Drafted: 2008 7th round (184 overall)
Last Amateur Team: Ferris State (CCHA)
Though he is just a 7th round pick, Redmond has already proven he is ready for pro hockey. Because I am our resident college hockey guy, I have seen a lot of Redmond (and, accordingly, possibly have a bias towards him and all college guys).
To start with the negatives, Redmond isn’t a very good defensive defenseman. He was effective enough at the college level due to his smarts, but though he is 6’2″ and 200 lbs he doesn’t play very big. If he is to make an impact at the NHL level he will probably have to pair with a Zach Bogosian type defenseman so he can concentrate on what he does best.
What he does best is play with the puck. He is an extremely crisp passer and sees the ice extremely well, allowing him to start the rush. He’s also a good enough skater to join in and get up the ice in a hurry. His overall skating ability probably rates at above average NHL level skating right now, with the potential to be a plus plus tool.
Redmond has a very heavy shot, which led to 12 power play goals in his career at Ferris State. At the NHL level he has 2nd pair upside and I think comfortably will be a third pairing guy who will be a factor on the power play as well.
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