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Draft Profile: Seth Ambroz

Seth Ambroz (Via

Seth Ambroz (Via

The Rangers currently have five defensemen under the age of 28 on their roster and two more top prospects on the way, so it’s very likely New York will be looking to add some offensive firepower with its first-round pick, No. 15 overall in the NHL Draft.

Between now and June 24th, we’ll take a look at some of the forwards that the Rangers might be thinking about taking on draft day.  Today, we look at…

Seth Ambroz

HT: 6-2

WT: 211

Pos: RW

Shoots: R

Birthday: 4/3/93

Team: Omaha, USHL

2009-2010 stats: 24g, 21a, 54gp, 89PIM, +24

2010-2011 stats: 22g, 27a, 56gp, 118PIM, +2

2010-2011 playoffs: 2g, 0a, 3gp, 4PIM profile > 



The Hockey News: 48

CSS: 31 Midterm Rank: 28


TSN: NR Midterm Rank: 50 

TSN (Craig Button): N/A 

The Scouting Report: 46 Midterm Rank: 27 

Bruins 2011 Draft Watch: NR

Corey Pronman: 56 

ESPN: 42


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What They’re Saying:

THN – “Academic issues may prevent Seth Ambroz from attending the University of Minnesota next year, but there’s little doubt he needs a new challenge after three USHL seasons.  Scouts have mixed feelings about Ambroz and were expecting to see more from him.  After starting the season slowly, he picked up his play in the second half.  ‘When I look at the rankings, I think he’s a little overrated,’ a scout said.  ‘His stock has really fallen,’ another scout said.  ‘Everybody expected more from him, but you know there’s something there.  He might have almost played too long in the USHL.’  The knock on Ambroz is his skating, but he has the size to be a power forward at the pro level.  Once he gets to the net, he has a good touch.  His skill level and skating are described as average, but that might be enough to get him to the NHL with his size.  ‘He’s a giant,’ said a third scout.  ‘Let’s call him a good Hugh Jessiman.’”

The Scouting Report – “Ambroz’s skating was an issue coming into the season and by all accounts it hasn’t improved enough to keep him in the first round. He has continued to be productive and possesses the good hands, heavy shot and quick release teams covet. Ambroz also plays a physical game along the boards and battles for space in front. He can either try to improve his puck skills and skating at Minnesota or further enhance his physical game in the WHL with Seattle. The next few years will prove whether or not he has chosen the right path and if so, the team selecting him may get a bargain.” 

Bruins 2011 Draft Watch – “Ambroz has withered on the vine- he's the classic case of a physically dominant kid who emerged three years ago, but has not progressed much, while a good number of the kids in his peer group caught him and passed him. Last year, Ambroz would have been a slam-dunk top-10 pick had he been eligible. But, with another full year to dissect and nitpick his game, look at his ugly skating stride and lack of acceleration, plus hear stories about how he's passed on summertime opportunities to improve his game, this Minnesotan will be lucky to be a second-round pick. We believe someone will take him there simply because there is still a lot of raw potential with him, but it would have to be a club with extra picks to risk on a reclamation project with a questionable work ethic. Don't be surprised if he drops into the third round, though.”

Minnesota Hockey Prospects – “Ambroz has the size and speed that have scout’s drooling, at 6’3 205, he has a NHL ready body despite being only 17-years-old. Ambroz is a complete player that has proven he can compete at a high level against players much older than him, this was made evident by being selected to play in the USHL All-Star game last season. Skill is not the only aspect that makes Ambroz a top prospect, as he is willing to play a sandpaper style game in order to achieve winning results. Ambroz, a Minnesota Gopher recruit, will be a household name in the near future.” – “NHL Central Scouting's Al Jensen was impressed with Ambroz's play during the USHL Fall Classic in September, when he scored 5 goals (4 on the power play), 6 points and had a plus-1 rating while generating 17 shots in five games.  ‘He's a John Tonelli-type player, very strong,’ said Jensen, comparing Ambroz to the four-time Stanley Cup champion with the 1980s New York Islanders. ‘I've seen him run over players along the boards to get by them. He competes very hard and has good hands and puck skills. He has a strong skating stride -- not lightning speed, but very effective and strong. He has a good, hard wrist shot and is responsible in his own end.’”



Mock Drafts:

Adam Kimelman, – N/A 

Mike Morreale, – N/A 

Steven Hoffner, – N/A 

Deven Persaud, – N/A – N/A 

Gary Joyce, ESPN – N/A 

Mark Seidel, CBC – N/A 

Hockey's Future - N/A

The Hockey News - N/A


Thoughts: Heading into this season it would have been unfathomable that Seth Ambroz would last until the second or third rounds of the draft, but that appears to be the most likely scenario at this point.  Ambroz is already built like an NHL power forward, but he failed to progress this season and scouts seem concerned that he may have already maxed out.  Ambroz’s skating is a major concern and as a result he has tumbled down draft boards as much as any prospect heading into the draft.

If the Blueshirts had an abundance of picks in the first four rounds, Ambroz would be a very logical selection.  However, at this point he’s a huge risk and there’s no chance New York takes him at No. 15.

The Rangers last took a USHL player in 2007 when they selected Danny Hobbs in the seventh round.  They have taken a USHL player in the first round once, in 1992, when they made Peter Ferraro the 24th pick of the draft.  


Season Review:

Breaking Down The Defense >

Breaking Down The Goalies >

Breaking Down The Offense >

Breaking Down The Prospects >

How Three Free Agent Signings In 2007 Have Shaped The Eastern Conference >

Spotlight On Glen Sather >

Spotlight On John Tortorella >

Rangers Land Tim Erixon: What Does It Mean?

More Erixon Trade Fallout >


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Draft Profiles:

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Mark Scheifele >

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Mark McNeill >

Brandon Saad >

Joel Armia >

Nicklas Jensen >

Alexander Khokhlachev >

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Matt Puempel >

Rickard Rakell >

Mario Lucia >

Tomas Jurco >

Dmitri Jaskin >

Phillip Danault >

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Ty Rattie >

Daniel Catenacci >

Vladislav Namestnikov >

Nick Shore >

Stefan Noesen >

Boone Jenner >

Matthew Nieto >

Vincent Trocheck >

Colin Jacobs >

Michael St. Croix >

Seth Ambroz >


Free Agency:

Plan A: Sign Brad Richards >

Plan B: Trade For A Top Center >


Posted by Kevin Baumer | June 15, 2011 at 10:24 am

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