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North American Skater
United States
Jake
Gardiner
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 173
LAST CLUB TEAM: Minnetonka, High-MN
BIRTHDATE: July 4, 1990
MID RANK: 22
HOMETOWN:
FINAL RANK: 23
BORN IN: Minneapolis, MN, USA

NHL Central Scouting’s Jack Barzee

“Jake’s biggest attribute is that he might be one of the best skaters in the draft – he is just a pure skater. He used to be a forward and they made him a defensemen a few years ago and he loves being a defenseman. He is smart with the puck, unselfish and he’s careful. He is another one that has grown all year, I had him measured at 6’0” -- he might be almost 6’2” and that’s been not even a year. He’s a greyhound right now, wiry, but he’ll fill out. He is dynamic when he grabs the puck and goes. He has a very quick dangerous wrist shot – he gets it away like Joe Sakic does. The dimension of his quickness fools goalies. I liken him to Brett Hedican when he was in high school but maybe a little more polished. He’s an easy player to like.”

 

Minnetonka head coach Brian Urick

“Making the switch from playing forward to defenseman really helped Jake improve as a player. He makes a better defenseman because of his experience playing as a forward. Jake has an uncanny ability to read plays and this helps him see the ice in a different way.”