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A Look at NHL Prospects and the Draft with Prospects’ writer and blogger Brian Huddle

Since we are getting closer and closer to the NHL Entry Draft, I figured now would be a good time to bring back an NHL Prospects/draft blogger in Brian Huddle.

Huddle covers prospects for HockeyBuzz.com, Future Considerations, The Hockey Writers and now The GoodPoint.com. Huddle was kind enough to take time out of his very busy blogging schedule to give us his thoughts:

PH: Just over a month until the NHL Entry Draft. What are your general thoughts?
BH: This draft really looks to be a wild one; seems fairly hard to predict where a lot of kids could go. With so many different lists, there should be some big surprises come June.

PH: In your opinion, who should be the top five picks? Why?
BH: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Jonathan Huberdeau, Dougie Hamilton and Ryan Murphy would be my five.

RNH is undeniably the best prospect in the class. He has world-class vision and IQ, a slick passer, and projects to be an elite center.

Landeskog, while not as talented as some of the other guys, is very NHL-ready. He’s such a class act, and one of the hardest workers in this draft class, while still having enough skill to be a top six player in the NHL. He’s a future Captain.

Huberdeau has been rising steadily all year. He’s really spearheaded the Saint John team to the top of the Q, and is another of those kids you just love; work ethic, high end skill, two-way ability, leadership. After RNH, he’s the most talented forward.

I get a lot of flak for this one, but I would take Hamilton over Larsson for top defenseman. He’s got size, mobility, good hockey sense, puck skills and two-way abilities. Not only that, but he’s so physically fit that he’s able to play big minutes and not be prone to errors.

Ryan Murphy probably has as much skill as anybody in this year’s draft class. He’s a world class defenseman, who really only has questions because of his size, and his lack of a defensive game early in his career, which he has put a LOT of work into. A big point shot, creativity with the puck, elite skating, high end hockey sense and vision. He’s going to be a game breaking defenseman.

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An E-mail Interview with Hockey Blogger Brian Huddle

With the 2011 NHL Draft about five months away, I figured now was a good time to check in with a hockey blogger who covers junior hockey and prospects as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His name is Brian Huddle. On the night of the CHL Prospects game at the Air Canada Centre, Mr. Huddle was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he got into blogging, which outlets he blogs for as well as his thoughts on junior hockey and the Leafs.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
BH: The story is the same as any other Canadian boy from Ontario. My dad loved hockey and had me put into skating fairly young. I was put into an actual league by the age of 6. Played most of my life at various levels of the sport, and just fell in love with the freedom of being on the ice.

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player?
BH: Before people boo me, yes, I did grow up a Leafs fan. I’m from Toronto and it’s just how you get raised—especially when Doug Gilmour, Wendel Clarke, Mats Sundin were all here around that time. Toronto was buzzing with Leafs Pride, and so it felt right for my parents to raise me that way.

However, I fell in love with defensemen pretty early on; specifically Scott Stevens. I liked tough hockey, and guys like him portrayed that well.

To this day, I consider Stevens and Doug Gilmour my favorite players to play the game.

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