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Old 05-08-2019, 10:25 PM   #201
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Aito Iguchi drafted 104th overall 7th round in the USHL draft.
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Old 05-09-2019, 05:50 PM   #202
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I guess stickhandling isn't everything. After all those hilight reel moves I was expecting more than being drafterld that late into the USHL. Unless that's still impressive. I don't know.

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I guess stickhandling isn't everything. After all those hilight reel moves I was expecting more than being drafterld that late into the USHL. Unless that's still impressive. I don't know.

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Old 05-09-2019, 06:54 PM   #204
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being on this kids line would be extremely annoying.
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I guess stickhandling isn't everything. After all those hilight reel moves I was expecting more than being drafterld that late into the USHL. Unless that's still impressive. I don't know.

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He also plays in Japan. Very risky to waste a high pick on a guy who plays against that talent
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Old 05-10-2019, 09:19 AM   #206
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I guess stickhandling isn't everything. After all those hilight reel moves I was expecting more than being drafterld that late into the USHL. Unless that's still impressive. I don't know.

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As savardandjokinen said, he does live in Japan. That alone is a fairly big risk. The USHL also has import rules in which only 4 players on the roster can be non-american. The team he was drafted by (Waterloo) already has 4 imports so they will have to make some moves at some point if he does come over. Will be very interesting to see if he can make the team and compete against the North American players on a regular basis. Would be pretty cool if he turned out to be a stud IMO
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As far as I can tell Gaudreau wasn't drafted by Dubuque. So really does the draft position mean that much? The only notable thing that stuck out was being draft 104, which is what Gaudreau was drafted in the NHL. Means absolutely nothing in terms of Aito, just what I took out of the story.
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Old 05-10-2019, 01:37 PM   #208
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On one hand, it seems like Aito Iguchi's skill and agility has continued to progress nicely.
But on the other hand, it seems like he may have ruined his chances by not coming to North America.

5'2 is extremely small no matter how you frame it. I like small players as much as anyone, but even my old Japanese mother is as tall as that. Hopefully he get's to at least Gerbe's height.

Finally, Iguchi appears to have a pretty insane work ethic. Sometimes these types of players take a while, but eventually their hard work pays off way down the line. See Giordano, Martin St. Louis, Tim Thomas, etc.

As for playing on Iguchi's line, I think it would be cool. He's not actually a puck-hog. When he has good line-mates, he tends to turn into more of a playmaker (just my two cents).
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I don't know how this wasn't posted.

https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/...pect-big-read/

Great read on him. I'm hoping for the best for him. This would be awesome to see
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