Thursday, January 22, 2009

Capitals NCAA Prospect Update

Hockey's Future has just put out an update on the five Capitals prospects playing in college. They are Andrew Glass, Phil DeSimone, Nick Larson, Joe Finley, and Dan Dunn. All are 2007 draft picks of the Capitals except Finley, who was drafted in 2005.

Here is Finley's evaluation:
One of the Capitals most promising prospects, Finley is a fantastic combination of size and power with a great hockey sense.

Despite missing much of the 2008-09 season with a concussion he suffered in the Fighting Sioux’s second game of the year, Finley is right back on track in his development. To date, he has one goal and three assists in 10 games and has been a defensive rock for North Dakota.

Finley over the past four years has shown a steady improvement in almost every facet of his game. At 6’7 and 240 pounds, he is an imposing figure on the ice, but what makes him so impressive is how well he uses his body. Finley is very physical and leaves nothing to be desired along the boards or in the defensive zone.

Finley has a very heavy shot from the point and can keep the puck in the zone very well. He has the ability to make plays and be a game manager on the power play, and is in no way a liability in pressure-scoring situations.

Finley looks to finally be ready to take his game to the next level this coming fall, probably starting with the AHL’s Hershey Bears. If UND finishes the season early, he could even turn pro this spring.

You can read the whole article here.

What a baller...

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