By Eldon MacDonald
88. Zachary Yuen - “Mr. Who” - D - Canada
Vitals: Size - 6’0”, 205 lb.; Shoots left, Born 3-Mar-93 - Vancouver, BC
Team: Tri-City, WHL
2010-11 Stats: 72-8-24-32-65-(+41)
HM - Bob MacKenzie's June Poll of Scouts (HM’s = 61 to 85)
88 - E-Mac's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Top 120
89 - ISS list per TSN
89 - NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings (69th North American skater)
90 - Christopher Ralph's Top 210
92 - The Scouting Report's Top 100 Skaters
119 - Winnipeg Jets
Talk out about being under the radar and your very nose at the same time and your talking about Mr. Who, Zachary Yuen, a 6’0 205 lb. defenseman of Chinese descent, who plays for the Tri-City Amercians in the Dub. Even though he is not a “wowser” type of guy, Zachary Yuen does some things special even from under the radar. First is his skating, because of his figure skating background he has the edges and can make the turns that kind of remind you of PK Subban. Second, even with his modest physique, Zachary has mastered the course in taking out your man in front of the net. Third, he has a zen-like presence in making quality first passes no matter what the distraction.
So, it is perhaps no surprise that Zachary let his club in plus-minus with a +41 rating and was on the lead defender duo for the Americans. Really, the only thing that could keep from the second round is his modest size. Central Scouting and I, for once, are almost in agreement as they have him 89th and I have him 88th.