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Fantasy Summary

A very crafty forward that uses his high-end puck skills to create offensive opportunities for himself and his teammates.


Observations

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April 2022 – Kidney has produced very well in his D+1 season in the QMJHL on an excellent Acadie Bathurst team, building upon his hot streak in last year’s playoffs. Kidney is a talented playmaker with good hands and skill. He has scored his fair share of highlight-reel goals this season, but concerns about his projectability remain. While Kidney has the skill to exploit QMJHL-level defence, he relies upon the extra time and space he will not have at the pro level. He is also pushed to the perimeter in the offensive zone on almost every possession. Struggling to attack the middle against the weak defences of the QMJHL demonstrates Kidney’s biggest hurdle in transitioning his offensive skill and production to the next level. However, if he is able to adapt his game and learn to attack the middle with his hands and his playmaking abilities, he has the upside to turn into a creative second liner. Sebastian High

 

July 2021 – Kidney had a very productive regular season for Acadie-Bathurst with 38 points in 33 games, he then followed it up with an even more impressive playoffs notching 17 points in nine games. In the combined 55 points he score in the regular season and playoffs, 41 of them came at even strength or shorthanded. This bodes well for a player who will likely get more power play opportunity in his draft+1 season. Kidney was drafted in the second round at 63 overall. Pablo Ruiz