I feel laleggia processes as well as Ellis, and skates better. Much better. So, my view is that, yes, he is. Having said that, I am not sure if Laleggia will process as well as Ellis at the next level. Ellis is an Einstein on the ice. Ellis has no business playing in the NHL as a skater, or body wise But his brain is like something out of science fiction, making him a very special player. I would put Laleggia a bit ahead of Ellis because of skating, but Ellis may have the edge in processing. The only small defenceman I have seen that processes any better than those guys at that age is Norm MacIver who was weak, not a strong skater and just a mess physically. But he was just so smart. I think all three are close with Lalegia being a better skater. I see Laleggia as a combo of Russell and Maciver. But not as fluid as Russell. Kind of like that Aaron Ness kid the Isles took a few years back, but way better thinker. I am not sure when they get to the next level wheter Laleggia has developed the thinking at high speeds that Ellis did at the WJHC's. That may be his one knock. He may have capped out a bit due to playing inferior competition in junior. We'll see. Hard to say. Obviously a very fascnating thing to watch leagues graft together.