That's before he was introduced to 6-foot-3, 184-pound center Cristoval "Boo" Nieves last season.
"I don't know how he skates so freaking fast for his size," Herr told NHL.com. "He's one of the best skaters I've seen this year. I think he can jump into the American Hockey League and play right now and you wouldn't even blink."
Actually, Herr's assessment might not be too far-fetched, as NHL Central Scouting has Nieves No. 31 among North American skaters eligible for the 2012 NHL Draft. He's the highest-ranked scholastic player, and by all accounts, likely will be the first scholastic player taken in the first two rounds.
"'Boo' is certainly the best high-profile kid in this area since (Rangers prospect) Chris Kreider," Central Scouting's Gary Eggleston told NHL.com.