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BOONE!

Published on April 7th 2014

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NHL teams are constantly looking for skill forwards with size, and anyone can see it's a tough item to fill (there's only one Milan Lucic). However, one good place to look is the 2nd round of the 2011 Entry draft, which houses (so far) a couple of real gems, with more possibly on the way.

Boone Jenner has been a real find for the Columbus Blue Jackets. At 6.02, 204, he's not a massive forward but he's an effective one. Corey Pronman, 2012: Jenner indisputably is a high-end physical player whose frame is developed well beyond where a teenager's body usually is and it's no surprise at the junior level he could dominate the physical game. He's got tremendous intangibles and it's visible every shift, through the way he flies into opponents, his great defensive effort, and how many penalties he draws. He's a great defensive forward who is good on the draw and is smart in his own end. Jenner can be a solid passer as well.

Brandon Saad also came via the 2nd round of the 2011 draft, and Chicago has an absolute gem in Saad. 19 goals this season, a strong debut a year ago and a very bright future.

Phoenix grabbed Lucas Lessio in that round, he's not famous yet but is trending well. Detroit's Tomas Jurco is also showing good arrows and looks like an NHLer from here.

2011 2nd round

If you see your team on this list, and their pick doesn't project to be a big part of your teams future, it's reasonable to suggest they probably blew the pick.

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