Name: Paul Postma
Drafted: 2007 7th round (205th overall) by Atlanta
If there’s one positive from the previous regime it’s that as bad as they were with their early picks (though I think Kane and Bogosian will both pan out) they have found some gems in the later rounds. Chief among them is Postma, who was named to Hockey Prospectus’s top 100 prospects list last week.
Postma is a prototypical offensive defenseman. He is a slick passer, skilled stick handler, and a well above average skater. He also has a cannon of a slapshot that makes him incredibly useful on the power play, as well as at even strength. If the Jets move Dustin Byfuglien back to forward Potsma looks like a natural fit to play with Zach Bogosian, as it would allow him to concentrate on his offense.
As good as his offense is, he is lacking a bit defensively. His positioning has been described as only ok, and his hockey sense as fringe. Despite standing 6’3″ he weighs only 190, and while he plays decent physically, he could stand to improve in that area. His deficient defensive skills probably limit him to a decent second pairing guy, though he seems a very good bet to be useful on the power play.
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