Steven Fogarty Prospect Preview
In the 2011 NHL draft, Glen Sather and Gordie Clark were faced with a dilemma as highly touted prospect Evgeny Grachev requested a trade from the organization. Acting quickly, Sather and Clark found a suitor in the St. Louis Blues and agreed on dealing the under-achiever Grachev for St. Louis 3rd round pick; which turned out to be center Steven Fogarty. Additionally, the trade had mixed reviews as Grachev was thought to be the next young star for the Rangers. However; any doubts regarding this trade was quickly erased once Fogarty displayed his talents following the draft. Fogarty has good size and uses it well in all three zones. Possess good hands and is a solid two-way player that is willing to play old fashion hockey (blue collar). Plays very physical and is solid along the boards and in front of the net as well. Can finish in tight places and has pretty good hands for a big kid (6’2/195Lbs). He doesn’t have blazing speed like many of the recent prospects drafted by the Rangers, however; he has great anticipation and instincts.
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Here are a few more scouting reports on Fogarty:
Hockey’s Future: Fogarty is a power forward all the way. He pushes players around the ice and he has the hands and hockey sense to get the dirty goals. Fogarty has good offensive skills and a big body; which he uses well along the boards and in front of the net. A decent skater, he will need to improve his stride to move to the next level.
THN.com: Fogarty has a great frame (6’2/195lbs) and uses it to create offensive chances. There is a lot to like about this playmaking pivot who has a long stride and gets up the ice quickly, despite his lack of speed. He has soft hands and superb vision for finding the open man. His work ethic is laudable as he wants to play and loves to compete. Fogarty will go above and beyond to make himself better and put himself into situations to improve. He’s a bit raw and needs significant work, but he’s got the physical tools to be a solid NHL player.
Strengths: Fogarty has good size and uses it well in all three zones. Possess good hands and has exceptionally anticipation and feel for the game. Aside from these strengths, Fogarty’s biggest strength is his work ethics; as he has been affectionally called a gym rat by his coaches and teammates. It’s the most important element to his game that will elevate his development at a faster rate to the NHL.
Weaknesses: At this point, aside from his lack of speed; there’s not much to dislike about his game. Fogarty needs at least 2-3 years to develop his game to the next level.
Future Analysis: Fogarty will be playing for the fighting Irish of Notre Dame this season and is at least 2-3 years away. Has the frame to get bigger and stronger over the next several years and develop into a solid two-way forward. Hard to predict if he is a top 6 forward or a bottom 6 forward at this point. I would say based on what I’ve seen and heard regarding his game, I believe at this point Fogarty will be a 3rd line forward with an upside to possibly be a 2nd line forward. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Fogarty becomes a winger instead of a center at the AHL or NHL level.