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Scouting Report: Steven Fogarty

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*Post updated 11/15/11

Which other prospects could one day join Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and the rest of the young Rangers on Broadway?

Blueshirt Bulletin will be tracking the progress of the next wave of youngsters as they compete and develop this season in the Canadian junior leagues, college and abroad.

Below is a compilation of scouting reports, buzz and analysis by scouts and hockey experts on Steven Fogarty. 

We’ll update this as the season unfolds with the latest news at the very bottom of this post.

Steven Fogarty

Drafted: 2011 – 3rd round (72nd overall)

HT: 6-2

WT: 194

Pos: C

Shoots: R

Birthday: 4/19/93

Team: Penticton, BCHL

2009-2010 stats: 18g, 12a, 25gp, 4PIM, +12

2010-2011 stats: 23g, 17a, 24gp, 12PIM, +14

2010-2011 playoffs: 3g, 8a, 6gp, 0PIM, 0-rating

2011-2012 stats: 9g, 9a, 19gp, 14PIM, 0-rating profile >


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Scouting report entering the season from Blueshirt Bulletin staff writer and author of The Prospect Park, Jess Rubenstein:

“The Rangers wanted Fogarty to play for the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL but Fogarty has a letter of intent to play for Notre Dame starting next season. Several people had told us that Fogarty has the tools to become a legit power forward in the NHL and we now see why.  6'3 200 with a body that looks more like he should be playing nose tackle for the New York football Jets than in the NHL. Fogarty made his BCHL debut on Friday night scoring his first goal of the season as his Vees won on the road 5-2 over the Coquitlam Express. A coach’s goal so to speak as the Vees forced a turnover in the defensive zone then Fogarty wasted no time putting the puck on net. No fuss no fancy play, just pressure, forecheck, turnover, attack and score; that is a John Tortorella play just as he would have drawn it up.  The first thing that stood out about Fogarty is nothing fancy to his game just pure power and strength with a single-minded purpose when in the crease area. When he sets up in the crease then you are going to stop him only by taking a penalty.” (9/24/11)


What They’re Saying:

Minnesota Hockey Prospects – “Plays a physical brand of hockey, grinding it out on the boards and getting dirty in front of the net. Bullies his way around the ice, excelling at playing a power game. Has the ability to finish in tight and pick up his fair share of garbage goals. Has pretty good hands for a big guy and can stick handle with the best of them. passing could use a bit more touch but this is not a glaring weakness. Does not have elite speed but is a mule on his skates.  Fogarty is a balanced two-way player that is willing to play blue-color hockey.” 

Bruins 2011 Draft Watch – “Underrated and skilled centerman with size makes his B2011DW debut on this post and has some real interesting long-term potential. The proverbial rink rat who eats, sleeps, breathes hockey- Fogarty finished his HS career at Edina and then jumped to the Chicago Steel of the USHL, where he's been drinking from the fire hose of late. You have to credit the kid for risking his draft stock a little, which was pretty high given how well he played as a senior, by going to the USHL where his lack of strength and defensive awareness is being exposed a bit on a weak team and against older, stronger players. Still, there is a lot to like about this playmaking pivot who has a long stride and gets up the ice quickly. He has soft hands and superb vision for finding teammates in open ice. His work ethic is laudable- he wants to play and loves to compete; goes above and beyond to make himself better and put himself into situations that will put him in position to improve. He's raw and needs significant work, but will spend the entire 2011-12 season in the USHL. At 6-1, 195, he's got the physical tools to be a solid NHL prospect and watch for him to go relatively high (3rd-4th rounds) in the draft." (3/27/2011)

Gordie Clark – “ most natural passers" says "we wanted him" (6/25/2011)

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 and play in tight.” (7/27/2011)

Corey Pronman – “NHL sources praise the offensive abilities 2011 third round pick Steven Fogarty has, referring to him as a natural playmaking forward. The big guy's main issue going forward is his skating, but there's some upside to his game.” (8/9/2011) – “Fogarty has a great frame at 6-foot-2, 194 pounds and uses it to create offense. He led the Hornets with 23 goals and 40 points in 24 games last season.  ‘I’m a team player, I use my teammates,’ he said. ‘But I feel I’m a goal-scorer. I generate offense, that’s my main role.’” (8/23/2011)

The Hockey News Yearbook – [Ranks Fogarty 6th among NYR prospects] “Big kid with skill heading to Notre Dame.” (Summer 2011)

Russ Cohen (via Blueshirt Banter) – “He did dominate in high school but his size had something to do with that for sure. I will say this and I haven't seen a lot of him, I am impressed with his eye-hand coordination and his skating is very solid for a player of his size. He will need to work on his defense but that's the case for most young players. He is a tough guy as well.  I would think his high side would be a second line center but most likely he will be a third line pivot, considering the Blueshirts have a lot of future depth at this position. This year will be a bit of a culture shock for the kid so don't be surprised if he gets off to a slow start. He has to adapt to being on the road a lot more, playing more games, living in Canada, and that's enough!  High school stats aren't worth re-posting but from this point on fans should have this player on their radar, because he is exciting to watch. Just know that the organization is going to be very patient with his development. Don't expect too much too soon. Overall I thought this was a good pick because they didn't get a mucker or grinder here they got a potential skilled player with size and if you look around the NHL there's still a shortage of them.” (9/2/2011) 

Hockey’s Future – [Ranked 14th among NYR prospects] “Steven Fogarty was selected with the draft pick that the Rangers obtained in the trade of Evgeny Grachev to St. Louis. Fogarty played for Edina High School in Minnesota and the USHL Chicago Steel last season and was a finalist for Minnesota's Mr. Hockey award (an honor awarded to fellow prospect Ryan McDonagh in 2007). 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 is good in all zones, and is most effective when he plays a physical game. Fogarty was expected to return to the USHL for the 2011-12 season, however in July 2011, he agreed instead to play for the BCHL Penticton Vees. He is orally committed to joining the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the 2012-13 season. Fogarty projects to be a power forward at the NHL level, however, he is very raw and could be four to five years away from being NHL-ready.” (9/27/11)

The Prospect Park – “The more we see of Fogarty the more we have to thank Evgeny Grachev for asking for his trade as the 3rd round pick the Rangers got back was used to select Fogarty. Call Fogarty the "anti-Grachev" as we have do not have to worry about Fogarty working hard at all.” (10/2/11)

The Prospect Park – “Hard not to like Fogarty as you get to watch the typical "Big man who has small man skills" and then realize that Fogarty is still growing. We like the USHL as a developmental league but Fogarty's decision to go to the BCHL is looking more and more like the better move.  Fogarty is raw, he is very green and while the Rangers may want him to play in the WHL, think Fogarty is taking the right route for now. A year here in the BCHL playing close to 80 games will help show where he is in terms of his development.  Right now Fogarty plans to play for Notre Dame next season and if he stays on this path then a couple of seasons in the CCHA/Hockey East will be good for him. What we want to see come out of him this year is progression to earn an invite to a USA NTDP camp this summer.” (10/6/11)

The Prospect Park – “Got to acknowledge though that Fogarty has fallen into a pattern of good game then invisible game which he has to shake if he really plans on playing in the NHL with the Rangers.” (10/23/11)

Hockey’s Future – “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, but he is solid two-way forward, with decent hands.” (11/6/11)


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