2001 Draft Profile : Mike Komisarek

By Jonathan Litterine
They don’t come much bigger. They don’t come much stronger. And most
of all, they don’t have any worse tempers. Those 3 attributes will make Mike
Komisarek a high high selection in this years draft. There is a chance he
will be the first defensemen taken. It looks like he will be battling Dan
Hamhuis for that honor. Komisarek will remind you of any big big hard hitting
defenseman. Chris Pronger and Derian Hatcher come to mind. Maybe even a
bigger Scott Stevens. At 6’4, 225, Komisarek led a Michigan Wolverines team
that featured other top prospects like Andy Hilbert and Mike Cammalleri to
the NCAA Frozen Four.

Komisarek is also a average offensive player. Not great
or anything, but chances are he won’t hurt your team. Yet NHL teams will be
attracted to his strength and grit. Always willing to standup for teammates
and mix it up with the other teams top tough guys. What makes Komisarek a
special find, is that he has other tools besides his strength. You can get
goons anywhere. But to find a talented one is a task. He’d certainly be a
good look for a NHL team who needs a solid defensemen. We all know how many
of them are out there. His offensive game is good enough to get by. Yet his
grit, size, strength and desire is what will put him over the top.

Look for
him to possibly slide into the top 10 on draft day. Last year there wasn’t
really a player in the early first round like Komisarek. All the defenseman
last year like Klesla, were solid solid offensive players. Komisarek is a
little different. But different isn’t always bad.