#34 – Dennis Cholowski, LD – Chilliwack, BCHL

TSN – #25
Central Scouting – #23 NAS
ISS – #38
Craig Button – #25
McKeens – #18
THN – #37

NHL COMPARABLE : Jake Gardiner
POTENTIAL : Middle / Bottom Pairing D-man
CEILING: #4 Defenseman
FLOOR: #6 Defenseman

Dennis Cholowski is an offensive defenseman and an absolutely outstanding skater. It remains to be seen just how well he can improve his all-around game to eventually become a solid pro. He reminds me of Jake Gardiner in how he skates but also with the fact that Cholowski played in the BCHL his draft year (he is committed to St-Cloud State for next year) and Gardiner was a high-schooler his draft year as well. Both guys played in lesser tier leagues and it’s harder to get a good read on where they are at in terms of development in comparison to the other guys. Still, being able to find a player who can skate like Cholowski just outside the 1st round is going to be pretty good value for some team and they’ll take the risk.


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