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What Others are Saying About Alzner

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Karl Alzner

Position: Defense
Born: September 24, 1988 (Burnaby, British Columbia)
Height: 6’2”    Weight: 206    Shoots: Left
Drafted: Capitals’ first-round choice, fifth overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft
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Red Line Report
Solid blueliner will be an NHL fixture for years. Plays a well rounded and poised game. Smart and mature beyond his years. At his best in the defensive zone, but has plenty of puck skill. Exceptionally crisp, clean passer. Has a textbook skating stride – wide, balanced, and smooth. Moves puck well from his own zone and on PP. Outstanding positioning and instincts in the defensive end. Contains very well and never gets out of position. Always makes quick decisions with and without the puck. Thinks the game well. Is a reliable, calming presence. Isn’t a big hitter, but has good strength and is effective clearing the crease and separating opponents from the puck along the boards. Cool and calm no matter what the situation. Very polished and won’t require much more development time before he steps into an NHL role.

Pencil him in on your blueline for the next 10-12 years.

Style compares to: Wade Redden

The Hockey News
Teams looking for a spectacular prospect at this year’s draft will stay away from Karl Alzner, but those looking for a reliable defenseman who makes the safe play will be clamoring for him.

Alzner had a breakthrough season with 47 points for Calgary, but make no mistake, his calling card as an NHL player will be his defensive play. Most scouts see Alzner as a top-four defenseman who will be unspectacular, but effective.

“He’s a really steady defenseman who does everything well, but nothing great,” one scout said. “He’s the kind of guy everybody is looking for every year at the trade deadline.”

At 6-foot-2, Alzner has NHL size and plays 30-plus minutes a game in Calgary. He was also part of the Canadian defense corps that allowed just seven goals at the WJC.

“He’s just a horse,” another scout said. “He’s a big, strong defenseman and a great teammate.”

International Scouting Service
A real team leader – has his head on a swivel in his zone – reads the play well – outstanding poise and hockey sense – has a very powerful stride, too.

Scouting Report:
Alzner has emerged as a legitimate top 5 candidate for the 2007 Entry Draft the six-foot-two, 210-pound B.C. native learned well during his first two seasons in the WHL and has become the go-to guy for the Hitmen. “He’s a really big frame and he has a real presence in the ice,” said ISS head scout Mike Oke. “Some other d-men on Calgary have impressed as well and some of their good play is directly related to Alzner. He might make some of those other d-men better. That’s the mark of a good player.” By far the best part of his game is his ability to think the game. He is so smart! His ability to make plays under pressure, find the open man, or make that difficult pass are traits that show on a nightly basis.

NHL Potential:
Reliable defenseman who can play and contribute in all situations.

Style compares to: Francois Beauchemin

Central Scouting Bureau
Final Ranking: 5 Mid-Term Ranking: 8

Central Scouting Report: A skilled stay-at-home defenseman with good skating ability … is calm under pressure and composed with the puck … has good positioning and reads the play well … has a strong shot from the point … wins battles along the boards and in his own zone … needs to improve his acceleration and his ability to change tempo throughout the game.

Hockey Profile: Named a 2006-07 Eastern Conference Second Team All-Star after finishing the season with 47 points (8-39-47) and a plus-16 rating … was a member of Team Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 2007 World Junior Championships in Sweden … helped Canada win their third straight gold medal with six consecutive wins and only seven goals allowed in the tournament … selected as one of 40 draft-eligible players to play in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game … in the 2006 Canada-Russia Challenge, competed for Team WHL in the two-game All-Star series against team Russia … had a plus-14 rating along with 24 points (4-20-24) in 70 games during the 2005-06 season with the Calgary Hitmen … was Calgary’s Scholastic Player-of-the-Year in 2005 and 2006 – award is based on a combination of academic and hockey achievement … won a gold medal with Canada at the 2005 Under-18 Junior World Cup … played his minor hockey for the Burnaby Winter Club and was named the B.C. Minor Hockey Player of the Year in 2002.

Personal Profile: Nickname is Al … patterns his game after Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom and Anaheim’s Chris Pronger because they have “lots of poise” … wears jersey #27 because of his favorite player, Scott Niedermayer of the Anaheim Ducks … names his parents as the most influential people in his career – “they signed me up and carted me everywhere I needed to go” … has too many pre-game rituals to mention … playing in the 2007 World Junior Championships with Team Canada is the most memorable moment in his hockey career because there is “so much hype and it’s a big tournament” … most memorable hockey game watched: 2005 World Junior Championship gold-medal game – Canada beat Russia 6-1; “it was awesome and it made me want to play [in the tournament]” … favorites include: Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL teams), “slap shot low glove” (shootout move), Laguna Beach (TV show), Hook (movie), Owen Wilson (actor), Taylor Swift (country singer) and Pac-man (video game) … if he could have dinner with any three people he would invite: Scott Niedermayer, country singer Taylor Swift and actor Owen Wilson.
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