After trading Jeff Halpern yesterday, I took a look at the NHL stats for Teddy Purcell, and they seemed to be quite modest at best. After reading a few more articles and pieces on Purcell, it became clear that he had way more upside then his limited stat total in LA seemed to indicate. THN.com loved the move for the Bolts. Hockeysfuture gives him a prospect grade of a 7 which they define as: Second line forward / No. 3-4 defenseman / journeyman No. 1 goaltender — players not quite good enough to play on the top line or pairing on a regular basis, but still possessing enough talent to contribute offensively, defend with some authority, or competently play the goaltender’s position for long stretches. Think Andrew Cassels, Jason Arnott, Darryl Sydor, Keith Carney, Dwayne Roloson, Jeff Hackett.
Purcell is a tall, lanky forward who is blessed with great hands. While he is better known as a playmaker, Purcell has also demonstrated that he can be a terrific goal scorer as well. He is very deft in his stick-work and has the ability to make things happen every time he is on the ice. Purcell is smart, creative, opportunistic, and has a knack for scoring timely goals. He has good speed and moves quite well with the puck. He can also maneuver his way through traffic pretty well too. Purcell possesses tremendous hockey sense and has great poise and patience with the puck. He has a great shot with a very quick release. While Purcell is not an overly physical player, he won’t shy away from delivering a check when necessary. Two areas where he showed continual improvement were in his acceleration and willingness to shoot the puck more, both of which greatly benefited his Maine Black Bears team. Purcell’s most glaring weakness his is lack of size and strength, which should increase with continued development.
Purcell already has top six forward skills but needs to skate with a bit more confidence to establish himself as a an NHL forward.
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