From Hockey's Future:
Vladimir Sobotka is on the small side, but plays much bigger than his size and isn't afraid of taking a hit to make a play. He drives hard to the net and will dig for the pucks in corners. He possesses soft hands and emerges as a smooth puck carrier. Sobotka is solid in the faceoff circle and gets the job done on both power play and penalty-killing units. He isn't afraid of playing in heavy traffic and shows remarkable poise once on a scoring chance. Sobotka possesses a heavy slap shot, which he unleashes regularly. A tenacious forechecker, he has good vision and hockey sense in his play which make him a good playmaker and smart passer.
Sobotka is very skilled, he is not afraid of the rough stuff but a player of his size needs to be visible every shift and work much harder than other players. On the downside, Sobotka could use more speed, he sometimes misses that extra gear. His stride needs some polishing in effectiveness and better acceleration.
Sobotka possesses neither size nor elite skill, but he plays a strong all-around game, with an abrasive style and will be a player to watch as he begins the next phase of his career in North America.
Marchand is a little spitfire who doesn't know the meaning of the word quit. An agitator in the corners, he likes to get his nose dirty and battles for the puck. He has some solid moves in the offensive zone, but occasionally gets himself into trouble by trying to get too fancy when a safe and simple play would do. A quick skater, he'll have to continue to overcome his slight stature for the rest of his career.
FutureMarchand has the skill to be a scoring line forward, however his size (or, lack thereof) will always be an issue.
Two very (scouted) alike players. We've all seen Sobotka in action, anyone here catch alot of Providence games last year? How does Marchand stack up? If I remember correctly, he was one of the last cuts in camp last year. Can he be kept off the roster this year? Will he take "Sobotka's spot" with the big club, or be next in line in Vladi falters? Or does Brad need an extra year of seasoning in the minors?