With the 85th overall pick, the Rangers selected Keegan Iverson, a forward who plays for the Portland Winterhawks.
Iverson, 18, was once seen as a 1st-round talent, possibly even top-10. He has failed to translate his raw talents into high-end production in the WHL, however. His 2012-2013 season was disastrous, with him scoring only four goals in 47 games. This season was much better, though with 22 goals and 42 points in 67 games for a really good Portland Winterhawks team.
Iverson is only 6’0 but his frame is massive and he plays a power forward game. Here’s what Hockey’s Future had to say about Iverson.
“Iverson is a big-bodied forward with 200-foot skills. Will be given every opportunity to become a reliable scorer as junior career progresses. Physically imposing. Battles aggressively for puck. Not a guy who gets “pushed around.”
Here’s Cody Nickolet of WHL From Above:
A big, strong and powerful kid for the Winterhawks. Has some nice offensive tools including a heavy shot and a willingness to go to the net. Was once talked about as a potential 1st round talent, but now likely finds himself somewhere in the 3rd or 4th round.
Here’s Future Considerations:
A power forward with excellent balance and strength. He’s a thunder- ing skater who can get up and going, although his first two steps are not blazing, and he is tough to knock off his path. He’s 216 pounds and still looks skinny, which tells us he can fill out to be quite the load. He handles the puck well on the rush, but he does struggle in tight situations. He has adequate, but not close to high-level hockey sense and good skills with regard to passing. He does not thread the needle to spring unexpected breakaways, but he is able to make excel- lent skilled, hard passes. He’s got an adequate wrist shot and slap shot, but they take too long to get off his stick. He needs improvement to be quicker to grab loose pucks and fire them. He’s a heavy player and he uses his weight well. He doesn’t seem to always seek out big hits, but he finishes checks well and in a productive manner.
Obviously, Iverson is not a power forward in the way Kreider is. He’s a guy whose game, if everything works out PERFECTLY, fits the mold of a Milan Lucic. More realistically, we’re looking at a guy who could develop into a 17-20 goal, physical, second and third line tweener.
And no, he’s not related to Allen Iverson.
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