NHL Draft Prospect: Adam Krause

     Chris Dilks of the Western College Hockey website continues to profile players leading to the 2010 NHL Entry Draft on June 25 in Los Angeles. He looks at Hermantown center Adam Krause, a Minnesota Duluth recruit, in an entry here.

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Name: Adam Krause,
Prospect Info:

Krause is a lesser-known prospect that played high school hockey in Minnesota for Class A powerhouse Hermantown. He’s a late-blooming prospect whose game really took off this past year, to draw the attention of NHL scouts. As a senior this year, he helped lead Hermantown to the Class A state title game, and was named a finalist for Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey Award.

Krause is a big center that plays an excellent defensive game, and is strong along the boards. He possesses a very heavy wrist shot, and was reliable in the face-off circle.

Recently, he was selected by the Chicago Steel of the USHL with the first overall pick in the USHL Entry Draft. After playing in the USHL for a year, Krause has made a verbal commitment to play college hockey near his hometown for the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Strengths: Defensive play, size

Needs to Improve: Skating, playmaking

Final Analysis:

Krause lacks the high-end scoring potential to be taken very early in the NHL Draft, but with his big frame and smart play, he’s a fairly safe bet to be a decent NHL prospect down the road. He’d likely never be more than third or fourth line checking forward, but could be very valuable in that role. Krause would likely be a solid pick anywhere from the fourth round on, though he could slip later into the draft as teams try more ‘home run picks’ in  the later rounds over safer bets with less upside.

He’ll get a year in the USHL next season, and then potentially three or four years at Minnesota Duluth, which should give him plenty of time to add muscle and focus on the physical aspects of his game that could make him an NHL regular.