By Eldon MacDonald
106. Jesse Forsberg - “Mr. McSurly” - D - Canada
Vitals: Size - 6’1”, 195 lb.; Shoots left; Born13-Aug-93 - Waldheim SK
Team: Prince George, WHL
2010-11 Stats: 57-2-14-16-144-(+4) + WHL playoffs - 4-0-0-0-6-(-2)
106 - E-Mac's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Top 120
160 - Christopher Ralph's Top 210
221 - NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings (166th North American skater)
What can I say, big things were expected of this guy maybe even first round, just didn’t happen - hence, his 221st overall or undrafted rating from Central Scouting.
What was missing? Offense for one, there was none. Skating for two, his skating style was a real turn-off for many scouts. Size for three, while he certainly isn’t small at 6’1, it is not ideal for the physical type of game he plays. Bottom line, he didn’t come close to expectations.
Now that we have thrown him under the bus, maybe we can resurrect him for what he is - a smallish policeman who plays with drive and physicality, relishes the big hits, relishes the scrums, relishes the pressure situations, relishes playing on the edge. He was the drive and determination to succeed that coaches and scouts love. While he may down for the count, he is not someone you would count out just yet. I suspect at least one team will see enough in him to take him 4th-5th round.