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A look At Highly Ranked Prospect Jamie Drysdale

04/19/2020 at 4:15pm EDT

from Mark Falkner of the Detroit News,

For just one day, Erie Otters coach Chris Hartsburg says he would like to skate like his 18-year-old defenseman Jamie Drysdale, who could wind up in Detroit if the Red Wings fall out of the top two spots in the NHL draft lottery.

"Watch out when he gets those first three strides going," says Hartsburg, the son of former NHL captain Craig Hartsburg of the Minnesota North Stars and a seventh-round pick by the New Jersey Devils in 1999 after playing four years at Colorado College.

"He's a new-age defender who skates extremely well and thinks the game extremely well. His edge work allows him to pick up speed out of corners and turn up ice quick.

Hartsburg also coached Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid, widely regarded as the NHL's fastest skater. McDavid was granted exceptional status into the Ontario Hockey League as a 15-year-old with Erie in 2012.

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