Dallas Stars: Duncan Siemens
June, 13, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series of profiles on top prospects for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft looks at defenseman Duncan Siemens, who plays for Saskatoon of the Western Hockey League.
Background on 2011 draft prospect Duncan Siemens. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: September 7, 1993/Edmonton, Alberta
Height/Weight: 6-2/192 pounds
2010-11 Team: Saskatoon (WHL)
|NHL Central Scouting||10th (North American skaters)|
|Red Line Report||24th overall|
|International Scouting Services||12th overall|
|The Hockey News||12th overall|
|Registered 43 points (5 goals, 38 assists) in 72 games for Saskatoon of the Western Hockey League. Tied for tenth in the league with a plus-40 rating. Picked up 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 10 playoff games.|
|As a rookie in 2009-10, had 20 points (3 goals, 17 assists) in 57 games for Saskatoon. Had 3 points and a plus-5 rating in 5 games as Canada won the gold medal at the 2010 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.|
|ESPN.com Scouting Report|
|Positives: Size. Physical play. Positional play. Skating.
Negatives: Reluctant to jump up into the rush or get involved in play sometimes.
Link: ESPN.com Duncan Siemens Profile
|"He's a guy that is really tough to play against. Sometimes I think he over-does it, tries to do too much, but he's got all the potential. He can carry the puck, he's a tough kid -- he can fight. He's tough to play against. He can work both ends; he plays both the power play and penalty kill. He's just a solid, all-round defenseman." - Peter Sullivan, NHL Central Scouting
"Siemens in a very difficult player to play against. He is fearless and competitive, never giving up much room and willing to propel his body into other players with great speed. His skating is very strong and it is has been a very rare occurrence to see a WHL player beat him wide. He has great work ethic and loves the pushing and shoving associated with playing in front of his own goal and in the corners. His biggest appeal moving forwards is that he projects very well as a shutdown defender who can play big minutes when the games get tough and can also contribute from time to time in the offense and power play." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"Big and mobile defender is very effective when he keeps his feet moving and plays with an edge. His 1-on-1 gap control is top-notch and he takes advantage of his long reach and wingspan by activating his stick in passing lanes and against the rush. Shows good defensive zone positioning. Makes it very difficult on opposing forwards to come out from behind the net with the puck. ... If he concentrates on keeping things simple, has the size/tools to become a shutdown defender." - Red Line Report 2011 Draft Guide.