If there was a player that reminded me of Travis Hamonic, it’s Nicolas Meloche. He’s a big, physical defenseman who can put points up on the board and is very competitive. He’s not going to let you into his area without you getting hurt. He’s got a very good slap shot and is a sound defenseman in his own end. Why is this player available in the second, possibly third round? Like Hamonic, the 2008 draft was deep and Meloche is going through the same thing. Nothing about his game indicates that he’s dropped, it’s just the way the cards are going to fall in the draft. If Meloche is still available in the mid to low second, the Isles might pull the trigger and land themselves a first round talent at a bargain price.
Name: Nicolas Meloche
Height/Weight: 6’2″ 204lbs
Central Scouting: 40 (North America)
TSN Bob McKenzie: 44
TSN Craig Button: 36