Ridly Greig, C/LW, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Ridly Greig was actually ranked 31st overall by Bob McKenzie earlier this season. And who better to take a little wisdom from than the Bob Father himself? Son of former NHL player and Philadephia Flyers scout, Mark Greig, Ridly has been exposed to the sport of hockey his entire life. His game is the perfect blend of his skill and, Bob Murray’s favorite, grit.
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Although he has played as the top-line center for the Brandon Wheat Kings, Greig has also spent time on the wing as well. He can be a versatile part of any lineup. He has an incredible attitude and work ethic that make him very easy to coach and play alongside. However, when he is on the ice, there are moments he can tend to enter dangerous waters with some undisciplined play, a la Nick Ritchie.
However, the kid has an incredible set of skills. While he is considered more of a passer than a shooter, he can be a threat in both aspects of the game. He is speedy and drives the pace of the game very well. His vision on the ice and his ability to anticipate his opponent’s next move allows him to create opportunities out of nothing. He uses his time and space wisely and always seems to maintain awareness of his surroundings.
Ridly has incredible puck handling and stick handling abilities. He is sound in his decision making, but don’t be fooled; he isn’t afraid to add a little trickery to his game to get his team in a prime position to score a goal.
Greig plays well in all three zones, but his size maybe a little bit of an issue. At only 5’11” and 159lbs, there is always the potential that he could get pushed around by other players. Nevertheless, he has great speed, a quick stick, and is very quick-witted. If he bulks up a little bit, he shouldn’t have too many issues once he is NHL ready.
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