More about Malte Setkov’s upside

Hockeybuzz’s Bob Duff profiled Red Wings prospect Malte Setkov this morning, and this afternoon,’s Arthur J. Regner offers this scouting report on the 6’6″ defenseman from Jiri Fischer, as part of a “By the Numbers” look back at Setkov’s 2017-18 campaign:

“You notice his size right away, that will be something people will talk about for the rest of his career, that he is a big guy. He actually moves pretty well on the ice. With him being a defenseman it’s very important to make a good first pass, don’t lose one-on-one battles and get your shots through from the blueline. He did all those things in development camp, which is a high level of competition, but limited contact. He caught everybody’s eye with the skills he had and the way he plays the game responsibly.

He doesn’t gamble, he doesn’t try to cheat on pucks and he’s really making sure he’s sound defensively and makes a good first pass. I think it’s fair to compare development camp (2017) to development camp (2018) and he’s certainly taken another step in his maturity, his ability to make plays, the way he controlled and managed the puck as well as how he played defensively. His mechanics are great and now it’s just the matter of gaining some power, which will come by commitment and effort. When players are improving in general, including him, the organization gets excited about that, so I think there’s a lot of positives in his future.” Jiri Fischer, Detroit’s director of player evaluation.



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