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Detroit's top prospect

Patrick Wiercioch

Position: Defense

Drafted in the second round (42) by the Ottawa Senators in 2008...Currently playing his first year in the AHL for Binghamton .. ... _wiercioch



He has 2 pts in his first 20 AHL games...But he was a solid PPQ for the University of Denver.. ... pid=102405



Wiercioch has a nice blend of size and skill. He’s a good all around defenseman who can play in many different situations. A mobile puck moving defenseman, he has very good hands but needs to better his skating. Needs to add some size and strength to become effective down the road. Has the smarts and know how to be effective.

Has outstanding size and reach, and still has plenty of room to fill out. Can produce good offensive totals, mainly due to a big shot from the point. Has all-around upside.

You only have to watch Wiercioch once to recognize how well he thinks the game in the offensive zone. As a teenager, he's running their first power play unit, and is excelling while doing so. The one thing you notice with Wiercioch on the power play is that he's never static. He's always moving around, which is a key to why he's been so successful. He's willing to roam all over the ice if he has to, something that perhaps the Ottawa Senators could use on their PP right now. His overall hockey IQ and offensive ability have been the biggest reasons why he's had no issues playing at the NCAA level
-Gm Bryan Murray 2009 ... cioch.html


2006-07: Wiercioch joined up with the Burnaby Express (BCHL) this season, where he scored nine goals and 25 points in 42 games. He was named the BCHL Rookie of the Year for his hard work this season

2007-08: This marked the defenseman’s first season with the Omaha Lancers (USHL), a 40 game campaign that resulted in 21 points (3g+18a); Omaha took the USHL title this season

2008-09: This marked Wiercioch’s first season with the University of Denver (WCHA). In 36 games as a rookie, the defenseman set several career-highs, including goals (12), assists (23) and points (35). He won a slew of honors this season, snagging the clubs Most Valuable Freshman award as he led the team in rookie scoring; he led WCHA D-men and NCAA rookie defensemen in goals and took second in points in both the WCHA and NCAA. He was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team and got an All-WCHA second team nod. He was also nominated to the All-College Hockey News Rookie Team and the Inside College Hockey Freshman All-American Team; he was also awarded with DU’s Barry Sharp Memorial Award for the team’s top rookie.