A yearly tradition has become the SBNation NHL Mock Draft. This year, with the 16th overall pick, we have selected Tyler Biggs, center from U.S National Team Development Program.
Biggs plays much like his name suggests, big. He is a physical player that likes to be in front of the net and could be shifted over to center, where the Sabres need some help in the prospect pipeline. Biggs was ranked fifth among North American skaters in the midterm Central Scouting rankings, but dropped all the way to 22nd when the final rankings came out. Here is the scouting report from Central Scouting:
"He has that leadership quality ... that desire, that passion, that competitiveness. He just never quits. He's a young player who has taken the role as leader of his team. He does most of their fighting when they have to fight. He's kind of the guy that when someone starts picking on somebody, he's standing up for them. I think while wearing the 'C' may have taken a little away from his offensive finish, my gut feeling is that I can't think of anything else but an uphill path for Tyler."
Biggs was named by USA Today as the best American born prospect in this year's draft. Here is what his NTDP coach, Ron Rolston, had to say about Biggs:
"He's a guy who is intimidating even when he plays the college team," U.S. coach Ron Rolston said. "We played Maine a couple of weeks, and he physically took four or five guys right off their feet with physical checks. He just plays the game hard."
Biggs should be a good player that I most likely took way too high for my own good. But, now is the chance to tell me how big of an idiot I really am in the comments below.