#63 – Petrus Palmu, RW – Owen Sound, OHL

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COMPARABLE : Mats Zuccarello
UPSIDE : 2nd Line Offensive RW
FLOOR : SM-liiga Regular

 

I’m usually hesitant to put 19 year olds in my rankings let alone a guy who is set to turn 20 a few weeks after the draft but Palmu simply won me over with his play. He’s only 5’7″ but he is stocky and has top-end skills. He’s a wizard on the power-play, he has a good, hard deceptive shot and the way he controls and distributes the puck, you just can’t help but be impressed.

He’s a good skater, a hard worker who forechecks well and has exceptional hockey IQ and anticipation. He’s just a really smart player on the ice. I think using a 2nd round pick on a player who’s been passed over twice before would be a bit of a stretch but I think using a 3rd round pick or later would be good value in my opinion.

Having said that, I think there’s a good chance he’s selected in the later rounds. There is no question, he’s a gamble but what if with your 3rd + round pick, you end up with a player like Mats Zuccarello?? Wouldn’t it be worth it? I think he’s just too good to ignore and he’s one of my favourites. He could be a steal.

 

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