Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 05/27/14 at 09:03 PM ET
The NHL's invited 119 likely draft picks to their annual pre-draft Scouting Combine in Toronto this week, and the National Post's Michael Traikos reports that one player whose game bears a striking similarity to his father's...
[W]hen teams at this week’s NHL Draft Combine ask what type of player Brendan Lemieux hopes to be, the 18-year-old prospect does not shy away from familial comparisons.
“I want to be a young Claude Lemieux,” said Brendan Lemieux, while sitting at a hotel restaurant where the combine is being held. “That’s the style I want to play. That’s the model. If that means there’s comparisons, then so be it. I’m happy to be compared to him.”
Brendan Lemieux has already shown that the apple doesn’t fall from the tree. In his first month in the Ontario Hockey League, the Barrie Colts winger was suspended for eight games after shoving Kingston Frontenacs defenceman Roland McKeown (the 27th-ranked prospect) headfirst towards the boards, separating his shoulder.
Lemieux finished this season with 145 penalty minutes and had three fights. But he also scored 27 goals and 53 points in 65 games — and led the Colts with seven goals in 11 playoff games — an indicator that the agitating forward can hurt opponents in a variety of ways.
Traikos continues, and let's just say that every team plans on interviewing the 28th-ranked North American skater.
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