Gordie Clark on Hobbs...
"We always knew he had some ability and he had the hands. It has just taken until his junior year to get the ice time to show his stuff, and he was able to do it. Once he started getting the ice time, he just ran with it and got better and better."
Here's the 5' 11" Hobbs on what type of player he'd like to be known as...
"I'd like to be known as a power forward and just a solid two-way player that's able to play both ends of the ice. Offensively as well as defensively," he said. "I want to utilize my shot and body to drive the net and stuff like that. I think that's where I'll pursue a pro career. If I do, that will be my chance."
...here's another prospect that seemed to have been overlooked coming into his own. Shows that it sometimes takes younger players a few years to get it. I'm hopreful the Rangers will be patient with a few younger players (Grachev & Del Zotto) that are struggling right now because I think it will pay off in the end.
It is not that Hobbs has been overlooked because his own play took him out of the picture. He is a nice kid but lacks the fire to become an NHLer.
He was leading scorer on a horrible UMass team (of course the school I am attending on line) which does not help his cause. It is more like "He sucks less than anyone else on the team"
He would need a major senior season to even earn real consideration by the Rangers.
@TheProspectpark Way to totally crush this kid's dream before it even gets started. ;) Thanks as always for your insight. It adds a lot to the blog.
Hey I am a student (online) for UMass so it is not like he is someone I want to see do bad. The team on the other hand well is ewwwwww