The Canadiens continue to add much needed size to their hockey system with the signing of James Wyman to the Bulldogs roster. Not only does Wyman bring size (6’2″ 204lbs), he also has a pretty good skill set to go along with it. He has very good straightline speed, quick feet and can play a solid two way game.
The Canadiens organization (Trevor Timmins in particular) weren’t terribly thrilled when Darmouth head coach, Bob Gaudet used Wyman on defense at times during his junior year (2006-07). Timmins probably felt that Wyman’s development as a forward was slowed because of this situation but it didn’t seem to affect him too much as he had a very solid senior year with 30 points (G-15 A-15) in 29 games for Dartmouth.
When I attended the 2007 Canadiens development camp, I was impressed with James Wyman’s skating stride and quick acceleration for a big guy. He has all the tools to be a solid NHL player…….now whether he can continue his progression as a pro player will be interesting to watch. Canadiens fans will be watching with anticipation as young Mr. Wyman (along with other Habs prospects) makes his niche in the Canadiens organization.
Who knows, maybe we’ll be hearing his name mentioned with the same type of astonishment we presently have with the current young players on the Habs roster…….you never know!!!!
Hockey’s Future (Talent Analysis):
A league (NCAA) coach had this to say about Wyman: “Wyman has the ability to single handedly change the game in one shift. He is very explosive and is a pure goal scorer. He has a tremendous first three strides, has nice hands, and a quick release. He will have to develop his play in the last 100 feet to make himself a more complete player.”
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