When I saw some of Elliott's WHL highlight goals, a few times he literally skated coast to coast, through the entire opposing team, and ripped one passed the goalie for a goal. My first thought was "Wow nice goal, but I'll wait and see if he can do that in the NHL before I give him too much credit. Here Elliot goes and does it against San Jose against the sharks and Niemi" . Gotta love that goal by a rookie trying to prove himself!
Stefan Elliot takes mostly wrist shots and snap shots. When you look up scoring highlights from the WHL, his goals were almost always wristers or snappers. Has anyone seen him take slap shots in practice or games this year? Is he just not good at them? Don't get me wrong, his wristers and snappers are wicked! But this begs the question that I've stated below.
Every great NHL offensive defenseman has a strong slap shot. Will Elliot's lack of a slapshot (for whatever reason) hinder him in the big leagues for the rest of his career?
What separates the Caude Girouxs and Zach Parises from the Rico Fatas, Angelo Espositos, and Derrick Brassards (all three guys who did very well in Juniors and were 1st round picks) was their ability to go from succeeding at junior hockey to succeeding at professional (NHL) hockey in a very short period of time. Is the "lack of slapshot factor" the missing piece that will prevent Elliott from reaching his potential (potential that comes with a 1st round selection)? Or can a top scoring defenseman get by with just wrist shots and snap shots? What's your take on it?
Related sources: http://www.fantasysp.com/player/nhl/Stefan_Elliott/1843398/stefan-elliotts-offensive-prowess-is-giving-him-a-good-shot
Videos on www.nhl.com: All 3 of his NHL goals were snap/wrist.
WHL highlight videos on www.youtube.com: Most all of his goals are snap/wrist