#26 – NICOLAS HAGUE, LD

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Nicolas Hague Scouting Report:

This is my scouting report for Mississauga Steelheads defenceman Nicolas Hague. I think as long as you’re not expecting too much out of a player like Hague and can see the value in the kind of player he is then you’re going to be happy with this selection. Hague is a huge kid at 6’6″ and while they say “you can’t teach size”, there is a lot to like about the way this guy plays the game. He’s a good skater, makes a great first pass, makes ‘the safe play’ the majority of the time but he’s probably not going to put up a ton of points at the NHL level. He has an offensive game but I don’t expect him to become a big point-producer.

From my perspective, Hague is a lot like Matthias Ekholm and plays a solid, defense-first game and anything else on top of that is gravy. My top upside for Hague is that he can become a very good middle pairing defensive defenceman and I think he has the potential to get there. With this player in particular, I believe he has a high floor and will become at least a bottom pairing guy and that’s where the value is for me.

Projection:

  • COMPARABLE :
    • Mattias Ekholm
  • UPSIDE :
    • Middle-Pairing Two-Way D-Man
  • FLOOR :
    • Bottom Pairing D-Man

Other Rankings:

  • TSN – #25
  • Central Scouting – #20 NAS
  • ISS – #18
  • Future Considerations – #20
  • McKeens – #27
  • THN – #22
  • Craig Button – #43
  • Hockey Prospect – #46

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