Connor Murphy (#5) is Central Scouting's 25th ranked North American skater. He is a 6'3", 185 lbs defenseman who shoots right. Murphy didn't demonstrate the best stick during the game scouted, as he lost 8 of 13 defensive-zone puck-battles. That said, he did demonstrate impressive vision completing 16 of 19 defensive-zone pass-attempts, and 8 of 9 offensive-zone pass attempts. His passing skills and offensive output (3 points) were enough to carry him to the top (78) grade among players in this report.
Robbie Russo (#8) is the CSB's 55th ranked North American skater. He's a 6'0", 189 lbs right-handed defenseman. Touted as a great puck mover and passer, Russo completed 20 of 22 defensive-zone passes, while beating opposition forecheckers 4 separate times 1on1. Russo ended the game with the second-best grade (77) among his draft-eligible teammates in this report.
Michael Paliotta (#4) is Central Scouting's 86th ranked North American skater. He's a 6'3", 198 lbs defenseman who shoots right. His minutes were limited in the game, as he played behind both Russo and Murphy. He completed 9 of 11 defensive-zone pass-attempts, but ended the game with a minus-1 plus/minus rating. He lost 3 of 5 offensive-zone puck-battles, and was unable to complete any of his 3 pass-attempts in the offensive-zone.
Russo had the top overall risk/reward rating among the 3 defensemen scouted in this report. He played more minutes, had more events per-minute played and was a passing machine in all 3 zones.
|EVENTS/ MIN||2.19||3.64||3.96||EVENTS/ MIN|
Murphy had the top offensive-zone risk/reward rating of the 3 d-men, as he won all 3 offensive-zone puck-battles he engaged in, while completing 8 of 9 offensive-zone pass-attempts. Paliotta had one of the lowest offensive-zone risk/reward ratings recorded, as he had more negative events than positive events in the offensive-zone.
|OZ POS||2||16||19||OZ POS|
|OZ NEG||6||3||10||OZ NEG|
|EVENTS/ MIN||0.50||0.86||1.32||EVENTS/ MIN|
Russo had far-and-away the top defensive-zone risk/reward rating of the players within this report. He won 7 of 12 defensive-zone puck-battles, while completing an incredible 20 of 22 defensive-zone pass-attempts. He also beat 4 opposing forwards 1on1 in the d-zone.
|DZ POS||19||28||36||DZ POS|
|DZ NEG||6||12||7||DZ NEG|
|EVENTS/ MIN||1.56||1.82||1.95||EVENTS/ MIN|
Russo also had the best neutral-zone risk reward. As in the other 3 zones, Russo's rating was buoyed by his passing and vision. He completed 5 of 7 neutral-zone pass-attempts.
|NZ POS||3||7||11||NZ POS|
|NZ NEG||1||3||5||NZ NEG|
|EV/ MIN||0.25||0.45||0.73||EVENTS/ MIN|
Raw data from World Under-18 Championship final versus Sweden
|SKI +||1||2||SKI +|
|PK DUMP+||1||PK DUMP+|
|PK DUMP-||1||PK DUMP-|
|PS THRU||5||PS THRU|
|SH/ MIS/BL||1||2||SH/ MIS/BL|
|POINTS X2||6||2||POINTS X2|