#6. Curtis Lazar
Curtis is a player whose mold is very different from several other players out there. Even though his height and weight and build are not HUGE, he plays huge on the ice. Much like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Curtis knows how to carry himself on the ice and has a very strong core and has real strong legs. Seldom do you find Lazar losing battles in the corners and he definitely has good hockey sense on the ice.
For some, Curtis offensive numbers may scare them off this coming draft in the top 6 at this time. I really did think he would produce more by this time but to my eyes it looks like he is still taking a back seat to other offensive stars on this team with 1st minute PP time and in fact many a night Curtis and his line are required to shutdown the other teams best line. I really like his two way game but am a little uncertain as far as his upside with offensive potential. I believe he possess the potential to be a #2 center in the NHL but not sure he will become a great offensive number. At this stage of his growth, I would say he is most likely looking like a Horcoff type player. Even a 3rd Center on any team is not a small feat and should the Oilers get their hands on him at a later draft slot (i.e.: 8-12th) it could solidify that third line minimum for years to come. Here is hoping we see a surge in Lazar's offensive numbers going into the later part of the season and into the playoffs. At this point of time, Curtis has fallen back in my Rankings but until I release my new rankings in late March, he will still have a chance to at least maintain his place at #6 for my REVS 2013 Draft Rankings.
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