Thursday, May 26, 2011

E-Mac's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Top 120: Michael St. Croix #74

By Eldon MacDonald

74. Michael St. Croix - “Mr. Elusive” - C/RW - Canada

Vitals: Size - 5’11”, 179 lb.; Shoots right; Born 10-Apr-93 - Winnipeg, MB
Team: Edmonton, WHL
2010-11 Stats: 67-27-48-75-48-(+28) + WHL playoffs 4-1-0-19-(-4)

26 - Cory Pronman's Top 100
42 - Christopher Ralph's Top 210
49 - hfboards Readers’ Poll
51 - The Scouting Report's Top 100 Skaters
74 - E-Mac's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Top 120
77 - NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings (59th North American skater)
Draft result:
106 - New York Rangers

Your Dad is a former NHL goalie and goalie coach (Rick St. Croix) so you better be able to score. Well, Micheal St. Croix can do just that along with being an elite passer and skater, having a great shot and imbibing that innate hockey sense that you can only be born with. He has that elusive now-you-see-him, now-you-don’t quality that keeps goalies up late at night. This year Michael also worked hard to silence the critics that said his defensive game was not up to snuff as he finished the year with a plus 28, tops for forwards on a so-so Edmonton Oil Kings club. His size probably limits him from showing off on Friday night, i.e. be a first rounder. Central Scouting and I have him third but second is just as likely.


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