Chris Dilks of the Western College Hockey blog continues to preview prospects for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, June 25-26 in Los Angeles, and recently looked at Minnesota Duluth defenseman recruit Justin Faulk of South St. Paul in a posting here.
Some of the highlights from Western College Hockey are:
Heading into his junior year of high school, Faulk accepted a spot with the National Development Team Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. It was a smart move, as Faulk had tremendous physical talents, but needed work refining his game in the defensive end. Faulk excels on the offensive end of the ice, in part because of a booming slap shot from the point, which has helped net him numerous power play goals.
This past year, he was one of just three first-time draft eligible players to make it to the final round of cuts for the U.S. Junior team. In the fall, he helped lead his team to a gold medal at the World U18 Championships.
Strengths: Shot, athleticism
Needs to Improve: Defensive play
Analysis: His future is definitely as a powerplay quarterback where he can set teammates up and use that booming shot from the point to score points. He'll need to improve his defensive play to justify a spot in an NHL lineup, but after three or four years at Minnesota Duluth, that is certainly something that he should develop.