Hey everybody! did I miss anything? I see since the Rags are winning baller and nyr have crawled out from the woodwork, nice to see........what will be even better is their disappearance when the Dolanites break it off in the Broadway Blueshirt Fans logsplitter, Yet again!
3. Nino Niederreiter, Left Wing
Date of birth: 09/08/1992
Statistics: 55 GP, 41 G, 70 P (Portland-WHL)
Acquired: First round, fifth overall in 2010 by New York Islanders
The Good:Nino is one of the better scoring power forward prospects in hockey. He gets praise from scouts for his intangibles and how they translate into an above-average physical game. He's a very diligent worker at both ends of the rink who will go full force to the opponents net and then match that effort to be the first man back and prevent a zone entry. He has a great frame that's already filled out quite nicely and he's very strong for his age. He regularly plays a physical style and even at times landing highlight checks. Nino has above-average hands and can display an element of flash to his game although that isn't really his style. He has a plus shot and regularly scores goals from mid-distances, but also has a good scoring touch in front of the net.
The Bad:Nino's skating showed some improvement and he's more than fine going in a straight line, but his first few steps are below-average and he's not the most fluid mover. He needs to get his body ready for the NHL jump and work on his conditioning and overall physical strength. Several NHL sources have said that he looked disinterested at times in the WHL after being cut by the Islanders. Some scouts have also questioned his ultimate upside.
Projection:An above-average second line forward who safely projects as an average second line forward with good two-way contribution, although my money is much more on the former than the latter.
How old is this write up? He is 19 years old. He has NHL stats and they are horrible. 1 point in 55 games. And had the worst plus/minus of any forward on the team last season (2nd worst on the team). I would expect that he gets better, (lets face it, his stats can't get much worse) but if he is the 3rd best prospect the Islanders have I wouldn't brag to much and depth below him.