Red Wings Central RSS

McNulty intrigues with wing-span, upside

Published Monday, July 1, 2013, 11 a.m. under 2013 Draft Coverage
Marc McNulty

Marc McNulty (Credit: Christopher Mast Images)

If Marc McNulty had been more consistent in his draft year, there’s no telling how high he would have been picked.

As it was, the 6-foot-6, 185-pound Prince George Cougars blueliner lasted all the way to the sixth round, 169th overall, on Sunday, where the Red Wings were happy to find themselves selecting a rangy two-way prospect with plenty of upside.

McNulty had eight goals, seven assists and 70 penalty minutes in 52 games in his first full WHL season, at times flashing his immense potential but other times doing little to set himself apart.

“A lot of nights, he just didn’t play with the intensity he needed to play with all the time,” said Red Wings scout Jeff Finley.

But when McNulty did set himself apart, he looked like a future NHLer. Although still rail-thin at this early stage in his career, McNulty jumps out at you on the ice with the amount of ice he covers in his own zone.

“He’s tall and super lanky, he’s got an incredibly long reach using a long stick, and what I like about him is, he already understands how to use his reach to his advantage,” Finley said. “He’s got a great wing-span, and he keeps guys to the outside, covering a lot of space.”

His stats line is unusual in that he had more goals than assists, but he picked up three power-play tallies and was used as a forward to screen opposing goalies when the Cougars had manpower advantages. Despite his modest totals, McNulty does have good offensive tools, including surprising ability to handle the puck.

“He’s got really good feet and really good hands for a young guy that size,” Finley said. “He moves the puck very well, he’s got some poise with the puck. Having said that, at times he overhandles it a little bit, doesn’t get it away quick enough, but I see a lot of upside in his game.”

McNulty is very much a raw project and he’ll return to Prince George — the old stomping grounds of another tall, rangy defensive project by the name of Zdeno Chara — for another two seasons as he works toward a contract.

Finley described McNulty as “intriguing” and hopes he’ll improve his consistency as he gets stronger. If he does, the Red Wings might find themselves with an effective rear-guard who can get the job at both ends of the rink.

“He just has a lot of upside,” Finley said. “Just has to learn to do things quicker and play with more urgency and intensity on a consistent basis.”

ARTICLE TAGS:

3 Comments
  1. YVR says:

    Tell you what I will do folks. I will make an effort to take in 2-3 games when PG Cougars come to town. Of coarse I will give my opinion on this guy.

  2. Nolan says:

    They completely missed the boat with this draft. Drafting a McNulty, but not drafting a Moreland to be his defensive partner? They better make this right through free agency or future drafts. COME ON!

  3. ScottD says:

    Yes YVR I’m sure we here at mlive can’t wait for your opinion on our prospects. That considering you are quite possibly the most loved person here in the postings. (Yes that was sarcasm)



CapGeek.com Quick Launch

» Cap Chart » Reserve List » Depth Chart



  • Archives

  • Categories

  • Media Watch

    Confident Tomas Jurco wants to show Re ...
    www.mlive.com | Today 4:02 pm
    Talented young forward also realizes he might start the season in Grand Rapids because he is exempt from waivers.&hellip ... More »

    Red Wings prospect tournament: Third p ...
    www.mlive.com | Today 1:47 pm
    The Red Wings hope to duplicate their performance against the Minnesota Wild Monday, when they played their most complet ... More »

    $450M Red Wings arena to keep away top ...
    www.detroitnews.com | Today 1:29 pm
    Details of the $450 million new home for the Wings outline the footprint of the arena, the number of residences that cou ... More »

    Red Wings prospects tournament: Brando ...
    www.mlive.com | Today 10:23 am
    The Detroit Red Wings prospect, who crashed head first into the boards Monday night and was taken off the ice on a stret ... More »

    Red Wings prospects tournament: Player ...
    www.mlive.com | Today 6:06 am
    Free agent forward Brandon Robinson had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher after crashing head first into the glass ... More »

    Zetterbergs launch foundation charity ...
    www.detroitnews.com | Today 1:00 am
    She's a glamorous Swedish television star and recording artist. He's a celebrated hockey sensation. On Friday, ... More »

    Red Wings prospects tournament: Brando ...
    www.mlive.com | Yesterday 9:21 pm
    Robinson was taken off the ice on a stretcher early in the third period after crashing into the boards but a doctor said ... More »

    Detroit City Council to get first look ...
    www.detroitnews.com | Yesterday 7:59 pm
    Detroit — Architectural drawings of the $450 million new home ice for the Detroit Red Wings to be unveiled this week s ... More »

    Red Wings prospects tournament: Best p ...
    www.mlive.com | Yesterday 6:37 pm
    There are four tie-breakers but the Red Wings can avoid bringing any of them into play by beating Minnesota tonight to e ... More »

    Red Wings coach Mike Babcock: Daniel C ...
    www.mlive.com | Yesterday 5:05 pm
    Cleary said this is the best his knee has felt in some time. Babcock said he must earn a spot in the lineup.… ... More »