Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ryan Yessie's Thoughts on Peterborough from January 23

Ryan Yessie was able to catch the Peterborough Petes in action against his Sarnia Sting this past Friday. Here is his report...

Sarnia scored early and often, and this game wasn't even close DiBenedetto got a hat trick, O'Quinn scored twice and has come from 4th line obscurity to putting up 13 points in his last 15 games. Jamie Arniel now has goals in 10 consecutive games beating John Tavares record. The Sting roll to a 7-3 victory over the Peterborough Petes

Adam Sedlak - YOB: 1991 - 6’2” - 190 lbs. NHL: Eligible in 2010
Report: Jan/23/09: Sedlak who will miss the 2009 draft by one week, may actually benefit from this. Sedlak showed great speed throughout the game, and was one of the quicker defencemen on the Petes. However his puck movement skills were not becoming of an OHL defenceman, he turned the puck over half a dozen times before the game was 20 minutes old, and two of his turnovers resulted in goals. Sedlak still has potential, he has great speed, and skating abilities and put up good numbers. (Sedlak had 1A)

Zach Tatrn - YOB: 1991 - 6’2” - 205 lbs. NHL: Eligible in 2009
Report: Jan/23/09: Tatrn didn’t look like anything significant out there tonight. He was getting top 6 minutes but was not very effective tonight. He scored his first OHL goal tonight but it was nothing special, puck rolled to him and there was a partial screen in front of the net. Not sure what to take from Tatrn considering he’s ranked so high, I suppose considering his size and his hype he might be worth a late round pick, but that’s about it from what I’ve seen out of him. (Tatrn had 1 G)

Zach Harnden - YOB: 1989 - 6’2” - 200 lbs. NHL: Eligible in 2009
Report: Jan/23/09: Harnden looked bigger than his 6’2” - 200lb. Frame in front of the net on the power play tonight. He could use some work on his skating ability. He looks like a longshot prospect, but at the same time his size, hitting ability, and his knowledge of positioning on the power play may be what it takes for him to make it as a role-player.

Jeff Brathwaite - YOB: 1992 - 6’0” - 175 lbs. NHL: Eligible in 2010
Report: Jan/23/09: Brathwaite played very well tonight, he stood out with a few solid hits, as well as showing off some decent speed. Bratwaite would be a prospect that should be watched over the next 18 months as early indications seem to be that he could become a very decent prospect.

Zach Kassian - YOB: 199 - 6’3” - 205 lbs. NHL: Eligible in 2009
Report: Jan/23/09: Kassian showed off great speed, especially for his size. Kassian protects the puck well and can move up the ice effectively carrying the puck. He also possesses a very decent shot as well. The biggest knock on Kassian that I saw tonight is that he continuously put himself out of position in order to make (or attempt) a big check, and needs to learn that the ongoing play and not creating a 3 on 2, or 2 on 1 for the other team is more important then the possibility laying a good hit on the opposition how good of a prospect he becomes will largely depend on if he can fix this as he gets to higher levels it will hurt his team more. Kassian also faught Matt Martin tonight. The fight was very even and didn’t last very long due to Martin’s helmet falling off early on. (Kassian had 1G, 1A, 5PIM)

Tony Romano - YOB: 1988 - 5’10” - 177 lbs. NHL: 6th Round - 178th Overall in 2006 (1G, 1A)
Report: Jan/23/09: Overager Romano looked like a very solid prospect out there tonight for Peterborough. Romano looked solid on the PK, as well displayed good speed, able to create turnovers and a great wrist shot with a quick release. Romano definitely does not look like a top 6 forward prospect, however looks like he could become one of the better 3rd liners out there that can play in penalty killing situations, and as well be a secondary contributor 5 on 5. It should be interesting to see where Romano goes from here, as he does have NHL potential. (Romano had 1G, 1A)

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