Derek Meech
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Derek Meech

Hometown:

Winnipeg MB

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1984-04-21

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2002

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Detroit's seventh choice (229th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

Won a Memorial Cup with the Red Deer Rebels as a rookie in the 2001-02 season.

2006-07: After an impressive junior-A career capped off with a WJC gold medal for Team Canada, Meech moved on to pro hockey with the Griffins. He has been a solid contributor, but he hasn’t really shown signs of
becoming the type of defenseman he was in the junior-A: an offensive-minded puckmover.

Talent Analysis
Meech is a highly skilled defensman with superb offensive arsenal. He possesses great skating ability with phenomenal speed and lateral movement and is willing to join the offensive attack. He has strong passing skills and a well developed hockey sense that allows him to make key plays on the power play. He has a hard accurate shot with a quick release. The downside is his small frame, (5`11, 185), but has time to grow. He will have to work on his positioning in the defensive zone.
Future
He has shown signs of that kind of ability as well as a more well-rounded defensive zone coverage. His overall game is improving and so are his chances of one day being a regular with the Red Wings.

Meech is a bit undersized, but he has solid positioning, mobility and puck skills to his advantage. He’s right now the No. 4 guy on the Red Wings depth chart, with guys like Kindl, Ericsson and Quincey ahead of him.
Those are the guys that he has to beat out for a regular spot in the NHL. He might never develop into a regular NHL-caliber defenseman, but has some upside as a No. 5-6 defenseman.

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