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Jimmy Snuggerud



Skating:

Snuggerud is a good skater. He isn't going to fly by defenders but can put on some speed when needed.


Passing/Handling:

This is a somewhat underutilized and underdeveloped part of his game. He is good at handling the puck and passing but is rarely driving play.


Shooting:

Snuggerud is a volume shooter with an excellent shot. He excels at getting in a good position to get quick and accurate shots.


IQ (Vision, Anticipation, Panic/Poise):

He is good at getting in position for a breakout pass or a scoring chance. In the offensive zone, he will often find his way to a place by a faceoff dot for a prime shot.


Forechecking:

Snuggerud is not often the first forward into the zone or down low


Defense:

Snuggerud is not often the first forward back or great at breaking up breakouts but there are occasional signs of defensive engagement.


Best Asset:

By far, his best asset is his shot.


Biggest Concern:

I think the biggest concern is his playmaking. However, there is evidence that he can pass well and develop this ability.


Top Tier/Role Potential:

1st line/PP1. Possibly a 40 goal scorer with 20-30 assists.


Justification for Top Tier Assessment:

His shot! Along with the potential to improve his playmaking and defense. I think the ability is there. It just hasn't been fully tapped into.


50th Percentile Tier/Role:

Possibly tops out a 30 goal scorer with 30 assists.


Justification for 50th Percentile Tier Assessment:

If he is limited to a 2nd line and 2nd PP role and can't improve his playmaking and his defense it will limit his ability to rack up points.


Stylistic Comparable:

With his goal scoring ability, he could possibly be a player like Tarasenko who shoots a lot and scores a lot of goals but is light on other peripherals.


Scouts Final Thoughts and Additional Stats/Info:

In the first two games I watched, Snuggerud's overall game didn't look that good to me. He has a great shot and is good at getting into position for good shots. In the third game, I saw more stickhandled, defense and signs that he can be a good playmaker. Snuggerud has recently said that part of the reason he is returning for his junior year is that he recognized that he wasn't good enough this year. I think this recognition bodes well for him.


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