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I think Nielsen might go in the 2nd or 3rd round unless he has the season of his life and i think that's a stretch since he's 18 and still getting used to a 6'3 205 lb frame but he's exactly what this team needs if he's allowed to develop to his potential. Would be nice to have a big tough lefty for when it's time for him to step in in 2-3 yrs if we can get him. JB, i'm thinking would like his size and toughness that he was used to with the bruins. No one on our team now is under 6' now but a tough edge is usually something either you have or don't have.

He hasn't put up big numbers or anything for lethbridge but his skill set is decent but he can still grow a bit at that age but even if it's only a inch or 2 and 5-10 more pounds i think he'd be able to handle most nhl forwards in front of the net if he fills out properly. The jury would be out for awhile to see if he can become what this team needs but i'm sure he'd be projected to be bottom six pairing but there's also a slim chance he could make 2nd pairing as his ceiling if he turns out to be a smart player.

At 18 he can't fight all that great but that takes time to learn and develop too but he's not afraid to drop em and with Cavin Leth, he actually dropped Leth with a left hook..

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Projects as a tough defenseman with limited offensive upside. The Canucks have picked up a lot of these type of defensemen in past drafts and rarely do they work out. You generally want a 4th line winger to drop 'em regularly, not a defenseman, but as fighting is trending downwards, the needs for a fighter, good or not, is diminishing. He's no upgrade on a lot of defensive prospects we already have, (Pedan comes to mind) so I think we can do much, much better towards suiting our actual needs.


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