The New York Rangers selected their second defensemen of the draft, Daniel Walcott, with the 140th overall pick. Walcott, like Nejezchleb, is a bit older. He was undrafted in the QMJHL draft. He played club hockey for Lindenwood University, a very tiny school, during the 2012-2013 season. He was then signed by the Blainville-Broisbrand Armada of the QMJHL and as a 19-year-old was a key figure for a team that finished fourth overall in the QMJHL and went to the semi-finals. He scored 10 goals and added 29 assists, while also piling up the penalty minutes (71).
Walcott is a late developer and would be a tremendous story, should he make it into the NHL. Undrafted players like Dan Girardi and Cam Talbot are good stories in their own right. But this is a guy who, to even get drafted, is a dramatic turnaround.
Here is what Future Considerations says about Walcott:
“A strong, two-way presence on the backend. Came into the Q as a rookie this season and has been dominating. Skates well with good quickness and generates impressive levels of speed, both forward and backward. Agile, strong in transition and balanced; he stays with even the fastest Q skaters defensively. Plays the role of shutdown defender with an aggressive, in-your-face defensive game. Is physical and willing to give a beating if needed. Uses his frame to separate the puck off attackers and to clear the danger zones around his net. Has strong leadership qualities both on and off the ice. Lacks a little in the size for the style and temperament he plays.”
A short but exciting tweet from Anthony Stella, who is a scout for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL:
My biggest sleeper of the draft Daniel Walcott goes 140 to the NYR. pic.twitter.com/NB6Qy7CYPR
— Anthony Stella (@A_Stellaa) June 28, 2014
Finally, here’s a great article on Walcott highlighting his unlikely journey and giving a bit of a scouting report on him as well.
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