Michigan State University (NCAA)
6'2" 186 Pounds 12/2/1993
Third Round, 68th Overall 2012 Draft
The big defender checks in at 14 this year; and like his counterpart Nick Seeler, is expected to play in the NCAA for a couple years before turning pro. He was thrust into huge responsibility already as a freshman by Head Coach Tom Anastos; Draeger anchored the Top Pairing, played in every situation imaginable including power play and penalty kill, and at times was playing upwards of 30 minutes a game.
And thanks to the massive realignment in College Hockey, we'll be able to see Draeger live this year, much like we did last year.
Because of the role he played last year, and is expected to continue to take on, we believe Draeger's just ahead of Seeler in terms of development, but may not have the overall upside that Gustav Olofsson, who will check in at #13, has. Overall, with Draeger we are looking at a solid Top Four Defender who has some puck moving ability, but has some real competitive bite. We'll be interested to see how his skating progresses, and if he can continue to grow the offensive side of his game.