The Hurricanes added yet another player from the WCHA to their prospect system this draft by selecting Brendan Woods from the University of Wisconsin with their fifth round pick. Woods turned 20 years old a couple weeks ago and just finished up his freshman year in college where he scored 5 goals and 10 points in 34 games. He has been draft eligible for the last three years but has been recovering from a broken leg, which has hurt his stock big time. An injury like that can end a player's career but it's good to see that Woods was able to recover and get back to playing. He is the son of Bob Woods, a former assistant of the Washington Capitals.
There isn't much out there on Woods, but it has been said that he has regained his skating abilities despite suffering a serious leg injury and he also possesses a decent shot. He is a little old for a player of his level so more should e expected out of him than someone who is 17 or 18 years of age, which isn't terribly good news when you look at his stat line However, it isn't fair to go by that alone because of Woods' injury and it's obviously going to take longer than normal for him to get back into playing shape.
Here's what some experts had to say about him.
Woods has good size and skates well for his size. He has the potential to be a decent power forward, but the offensive part of his game hasn't come around as yet.
3rd year eligible player, son of Bob Woods former Hershey Bears head coach, went undrafted due to a broken left femur. His rehab was lengthy. Attended Capitals pre-season camp, where his father serves as an assistant coach. He continues to improve foot speed and leg strength. He shoots the puck well, and finds the open spaces to set up. Works the wall and dirty areas. Once moving, he is a load. Short space quickness is the area in need of improvement.
Skated the 2010-11 season for Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL under former Badger assistant coach Kevin Patrick ... scored 14 goals and 26 points in 57 games for Muskegon ... posted six goals and 10 points in 34 games for the Chicago Steel of the USHL in 2009-10 ... skated for Williston Prep before playing in the USHL ... has played baseball, football and soccer in the past
I don't know if it's fair to label him an "over-ager" because the injury definitely set him back a little, but this is a bit of a risky pick by the Hurricanes. In the 5th round, draft position doesn't matter that much and it's all about finding players who you think can turn into something useful. Woods could turn into a good player somewhere down the line but I will hold off on saying anything until another year. The scouting reports suggests that he is more of a grinder and doesn't have a lot of offensive upside, which sounds about right for someone taken in the later rounds. I may have gone with a safer selection but wont be losing much sleep over a late round pick.