After Dallas drafted one of the best picks of the draft at #10, they followed it up with a somewhat controversial pick later in the round. Jason Dickinson, the second Stars pick of the day, has some scouts loving him and some scouts hating him. Fans are equally as divided – some are excited by the move and others disappointed. With such a small body of work it’s tough to say what we should expect but expectations for the Stars’ front office are sky-high.
Film study shows Dickinson as two different players. At times Dickinson was dominant and jumping out of the screen, other times he disappeared into the wood work and it was even hard to tell he was on the ice.
Jason Dickinson is tall (6’2”)and slender. His thin build may explain why he plays fairly passively on the ice, but regardless of the reason, he will have to toughen up if he hopes to play in the NHL.
Scouts believe his frame can hold more weight and a year or two in the Stars’ system should allow him to bulk up and give him a more competitive frame. Even with extra beef Jason will never be a physical player, he just needs to play more physical.
Dickinson will always thrive with his speed and elusiveness and if he can add consistency , strength, and physicality he may have a very bright future for the Dallas Stars.
This is a perfect example of a high risk/high reward pick. He’s a project that will take time so set your expectations accordingly. Here is what the scouts are saying:
Last Word on Sports says this,
An excellent stickhandler, he protects the puck well, extending plays and waiting for openings to make a pass; especially when working down low on the cycle game. Dickinson shows a quick release, but could stand to become a little stronger and get more power on his wrist shot if he wants to become a real sniper at the next level.
The report goes on to say,
He could become an excellent top 6 player, and an extremely valuable two way power forward or he could end up a fourth liner with some penalty kill skills. The talent is all there, its now up to Dickinson to develop the consistency.
For the complete report go to:
And Hockey’s Future says this,
He’s shown flashes of elite talent and potential, but has not been able to do so consistently.
Complete HF link here: http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/jason-dickinson/
So there you have it. The only thing everyone can agree on is that we will have to wait and see. Worth the gamble?
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