(D): DOB: 10/08/93. 6’3, 182 lbs. Shoots right. Has been referred to as the Nick Lidstrom of the USHL. Was the USHL’s highest scoring defenseman last season with forty-four points (13 goals and 31 assists) in fifty-three games played. Is an instinctive and smooth puck mover with seamless skating ability. Strong, all directions skater with a wide base and a long reach. Tremendous offensive skill and vision, especially from atop the blue line. Has NHL touch and polish with the puck and can feed the puck crisply, smartly and with purpose. Keeps his head up on retrieval, and when working the puck, which makes his play with the puck unpredictable and hard to read. Keen defensive anticipation and relies heavily on his mobility, positioning and stick-work to complete his defensive responsibilities. Has great size and is still quite upgradeable. However, he is not known for physicality or grit, and this will be something he must address in the future, especially deep in his own zone and in front of his net. Is North Dakota committed for next season and is eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, where he will most likely be selected in the first round.
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(D): DOB: 2/26/94. 6’2, 191 lbs. Shoots right. His second year with the USNTDP. Committed to Michigan and was drafted by Kitchener in the third round of the 2010 OHL Draft. Is a fantastic rearguard with size, smarts and spectacular skating ability. Sharp defensive anticipation and hockey sense. Possesses a calculating, aggressive stance on the ice and shows flashes of toughness and physicality. Calm under pressure, gritty in front of his net and can absolutely rifle the puck out of the zone and onto a teammate’s stick. Owns vision and can skate the puck up ice very well. Will join the rush, work the puck down-low and report back to his defensive post before the opposition has had time to march out of their zone. Has great hands but could use development with his in tight skills to give him that extra offensive punch. Outstanding feet – extremely mobile and is smothering down low and against the rush. Commands respect from up top along the blue line with his patience, agility and booming shot. Is eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, and we fully expect him to be chosen in the first round.
(D): DOB: 5/26/94. 6’3, 206 lbs. Shoots right. The type of defender that players hate to be squared up against: Big and mean. Hits to hurt and to make a lasting impression. Aggressive and will seek out opportunities to use his size. Intimidating in front of his own net and makes it a grueling place to dwell. Takes care of business in his own zone with size and stick-work. Extremely strong and powerful skater for his size and has a surprisingly quick first set of steps. Great communicator on the ice and is effective at getting the puck out of his zone. Occasionally activates on offense but is normally the stay-at-home type. Has a relentless shot that is heavy and hard. At times can be overzealous with his pinching instincts. Has already committed to Penn State’s Hockey Program and was drafted by the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League back in 2010. At some point in time, a difficult decision will have to be made between playing college hockey and getting an education or playing Major Junior while developing his professional game and sharpening his edge. Is NHL Draft eligible in 2012. Look for him to be drafted in the late rounds.
(C): DOB: 1/05/94. 6’1, 185 lbs. Shoots left. A Latvian import playing his second season with the Fighting Saints of the USHL. An extraordinary competitor with excellent hockey sense. Highly talented and powerful – intimidates with skill and strength. Strong skater with a smooth and long stride. Possesses great footwork and agility. Can escape pressure and tear his way thru traffic with his tight stop-and-starts and seamless ability to change directions while still in flight. Protects the puck very well with his body and reach. Tough physical presence in that he cannot be removed from the puck and has the tenacity, desire and grit to come get when he wants it. Attacks the net often and owns a soft touch which allows him to work magic with the puck. Can absolutely rifle a booming shot to the net. Has an outstanding work ethic, both on and off the ice. Zemgus is a bona fide player – has all the physical tools and skills to become a pro player. It will be no surprise to hear his name called during the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.