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    Cup’s 2007 NHL Entry Draft Guide
    By Dan Stewart


    Contents:
    •The Top 120 Prospect List.
    •Profiles and full scouting reports on the top 60 prospects plus small write-ups on another 30 prospects available in the 2007 NHL entry draft.
    •Sleepers and possible late round gems.
    •A first round mock draft of who I expect the NHL teams to pick and what my reasons for this selection based on team need and other intangibles.
    •Top prospects for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
    •A Look Back…



    The Top 120.

    1. Patrick Kane, RW, London (OHL)
    2. Kyle Turris, C, Burnaby (BCHL)
    3. Alexei Cherepanov, RW, Omsk (Russia)
    4. Jakub Voracek, RW, Halifax (QMJHL)
    5. James vanRiemsdyk, LW, U.S. National U-18
    6. Sam Gagner, C, London (OHL)
    7. Karl Alzner, D, Calgary (WHL)
    8. Logan Couture, C, Ottawa (OHL)
    9. Keaton Ellerby, D, Kamloops (WHL)
    10. Angelo Esposito, C, Quebec (QMJHL)
    11. Ryan McDonagh, D, Cretin-Derham High (Minn.) (U.S. high school)
    12. Zach Hamill, C, Everett (WHL)
    13. Kevin Shattenkirk, D, U.S. National U-18
    14. Colby Cohen, D, Lincoln (USHL)
    15. Nicholas Petrecki, D, Omaha (USHL)
    16. Jonathon Blum, D, Vancouver (WHL)
    17. Mikael Backlund, C, Vasteras (Sweden-2)
    18. Oscar Moller, W, Chilliwack (WHL)
    19. Joakim Andersson, C, Frolunda Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
    20. Brandon Sutter, C/RW, Red Deer (WHL)
    21. T.J Brennan, D, St. John's (QMJHL)
    22. Max Pacioretty, LW, Sioux City (USHL)
    23. Simon Hjalmarsson, C/W, Frolunda Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
    24. Brett Maclean, LW, Oshawa (OHL)
    25. Bill Sweatt, LW, Colorado College (WCHA)
    26. Lars Eller, W, Frolunda Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
    27. Nick Ross, D, Regina (WHL)
    28. Tyson Sexsmith, G, Vancouver (WHL)
    29. Maxim Mayorov, W, Leninogorsk (Russia-2)
    30. Ian Cole, D, U.S. National U-18
    31. James O'Brien, C, U. of Minnesota (WCHA)
    32. David Perron, W, Lewiston (QMJHL)
    33. Zack Torquato, C, Erie (OHL)
    34. Thomas Hickey, D, Seattle (WHL)
    35. Jeremy Smith, G, Plymouth (OHL)
    36. Patrick White, C, Grand Rapids High (Minn.) (U.S. high school)
    37. Alex Plante, D, Calgary (WHL)
    38. Colton Gillies, C, Saskatoon (WHL)
    39. Logan Macmillan, C, Halifax (QMJHL)
    40. Stefan Legein, RW, Mississauga (OHL)
    41. Kevin Marshall, D, Lewiston (QMJHL)
    42. Nick Palmieri, RW, Erie (OHL)
    43. Trevor Cann, G, Peterborough (OHL)
    44. Mark Katic, D, Sarnia (OHL)
    45. Dana Tyrell, C/RW, Prince George (WHL)
    46. John Negrin, D, Kootenay (WHL)
    47. Nick Spaling, C, Kitchener (OHL)
    48. Ted Ruth, D, U.S. National U-18
    49. Tommy Cross, D, Westminster School (Conn.) (U.S. high school)
    50. Keven Veilleux, C, Victoriaville (QMJHL)
    51. Josh Kidd, D, Erie (OHL)
    52. Akim Aliu, C/RW, Sudbury (OHL)
    53. Linden Rowat, G, Regina (WHL)
    54. Maxim Gratchev, LW, Rimouski (QMJHL)
    55. Antoine Lafleur, G, P.E.I. (QMJHL)
    56. T.J. Galiardi, W, Dartmouth (ECAC)
    57. Eric Doyle, D, Everett (WHL)
    58. Casey Pierro-Zabotel, W, Merritt (BCHL)
    59. Vladimir Ruzicka, C, Slavia (Czech Rep.)
    60. Mark Owuya, G, Djurgarden Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
    61. Ruslan Bashkirov, LW, Quebec (QMJHL)
    62. Taylor Ellington, D, Everett (WHL)
    63. Juraj Valach, D, Tri-City (WHL)
    64. Jesse Jyrkkio, D, Assat Jr. (Finland Jr.)
    65. Mike Hoeffel, W, U.S. National U-18
    66. Denis Reul, D, Heilbronn (Germany-3)
    67. Michael Biega, LW, Salisbury High (Conn.) (U.S. High School)
    68. Luca Cunti, C, Dubendorf (Swiss-3)
    69. Egor Averin, LW, Omsk (Russia)
    70. Maxime Tanguay, C, Rimouski (QMJHL)
    71. Joel Gistedt, G, Frolunda (Sweden )
    72. Jens Hellgren, D, Frolunda Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
    73. Drayson Bowman, C/LW, Spokane (WHL)
    74. Niklas Lucenius , C, Tappara Jr. (Finland Jr.)
    75. Evgeni Dadonov, RW, Chelyabinsk (Russia)
    76. Maxim Goncharov, D, CSKA 2 (Russia-3)
    77. Kent Patterson, G, Cedar Rapids (USHL)
    78. Sergei Korostin, RW, Dynamo Moscow (Russia)
    79. Alex Grant, D, Saint John (QMJHL)
    80. Marek Benda, G, Karlovy Vary Jr. (Czech Jr.)
    81. Olivier Fortier, C, Rimouski (QMJHL)
    82. Nick Larson, C, Hill-Murray School (Minn.) (U.S. high school)
    83. David Stich, D, Saint John (QMJHL)
    84. Aaron Palushaj, RW, Des Moines (USHL)
    85. Niklas Torp, D, HV 71 Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
    86. Nikolai Lukyanchikov, D, Stupino (Russia-2)
    87. Riley Nash, C, Salmon Arm (BCHL)
    88. Joseph Lavin, D, U.S. National U-18
    89. Michal Repik, RW, Vancouver (WHL)
    90. Dale Mitchell, RW, Oshawa (OHL)
    91. Dion Knelson, C, U of Alaska (CCHA)
    92. Brad Malone, W, Sioux Falls (USHL)
    93. David Skokan, C, Rimouski (QMJHL)
    94. Nico Sacchetti, C, Virginia High (Minn.) (U.S. high school)
    95. Alexander Vasiliev, LW, Dynamo Moscow 2 (Russia-3)
    96. Bryan Cameron, C, Belleville (OHL)
    97. Justin McCrae, C, Saskatoon (WHL)
    98. Drew Leblanc, W, Hermantown High (Minn.) (U.S. high school)
    99. Spencer Machacek, RW, Vancouver (WHL)
    100. Yakov Seleznev, D, Leninogorsk (Russia-2)
    101. Craig Smith, C, Waterloo (USHL)
    102. Brad Phillips, G, U.S. National U-18
    103. Jean-Simon Allard, C, St. John's (QMJHL)
    104. Ben Ryan, C, Des Moines (USHL)
    105. Simon Lacroix, D, Shawinigan (QMJHL)
    106. Yannick Weber, D, Kitchener (OHL)
    107. Christopher Didomenico, C, Saint John (QMJHL)
    108. Fredrik Andersson, W, Sodertalje (Sweden-2)
    109. Joshua Turnbull, C, Waterloo (USHL)
    110. Dwight King, C/LW, Lethbridge (WHL)
    111. Kurtis Mucha, Portland (WHL)
    112. Blake Kessel, D, Waterloo (USHL)
    113. Radim Ostrcil, D, Vsetin (Czech Rep.)
    114. Harri Ilvonen, D, Tappara Jr. (Finland Jr.)
    115. Vitali Karamnov, C, Dynamo Moscow (Russia)
    116. Juraj Mikus, D, Trencin (Slovakia)
    117. John Murray, G, Kitchener (OHL)
    118. Jason Gregoire,W, Lincoln (USHL)
    119. Artem Dubinin, D, Togliatti 2 (Russia-3)
    120. Lassi Kokkala, C, TPS Jr. (Finland Jr.)



    Draft Prospects Profiles

    1. Patrick Kane

    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: November 19, 1988
    Height: 5’-9â€
    Weight: 162 LBS
    06-07 League: OHL
    06-07 Team: London
    Stats: 58 GP 62 G 83 A 145 PTS
    Strengths: Possesses the best puck skills in the entire draft. As the overused but applicable saying goes, he can stickhandle in a phone booth. He plays with great drive and is always striving to be the very best. Pat is surprisingly hard to knock off the puck and possesses great balance. His skating is good and he has a water bug like quickness that helps him elude bigger checkers, Pat is equally able to set-up a play using ultra fine passing ability or finish off the play with his tremendous shot availability and hands down low. Despite being small in stature Pat protects the puck very well using his body and positioning.
    Weakness: He is extremely confident in himself to the point of having an attitude of arrogance about him that will hopefully change with age, his size is the only other issue that Pat may have but I wouldn’t count on it holding him back or stopping an NHL team from grabbing him up in the top 3 of the draft. Needs to get stronger. His defensive play is spotty and inconsistent but if a team is looking for a defensive forward they wouldn’t be looking at Kane anyway, his game is pure offence.
    NHL Potential: First line scoring winger.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Medium Risk, As long as the crackdown on obstruction is upheld and Pat gets some weight on his frame, he is a sure thing.
    Extra Notes: Patrick was to play NCAA hockey but because of unearned high school credits and wanting to stay closer to home (Buffalo, NY) he decided to join London of the OHL.

    2. Kyle Turris

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: August 14, 1989
    Height: 6’-0.5â€
    Weight: 170 LBS
    06-07 League: BCHL
    06-07 Team: Burnaby
    Stats: 53 GP 66 G 55 A 121 PTS
    Strengths: Turris is an excellent skater with blazing speed. Extremely poised and has great puck skills. His vision is unmatched in his draft class. He pulls off moves at top speeds that most would find difficult in their low gear. His passing skills are superb and can thread the needle with pin point accuracy while being under pressure. There is no panic in Kyle’s game. He already has an NHL caliber shot that he can get off in a hurry and is very accurate. Turris has great hockey sense and on ice vision which helps him to be a dynamic playmaker. He is not a vocal leader but people tend to follow him as he leads by example. Most complete player available.
    Weakness: Already his speed is good but if he had just a bit better first step acceleration, he would be an all out great skater. Strength is the only other weakness Kyle needs to focus on, a summer in the weight room would alleviate a lot of this concern and would serve him well next year at the.
    NHL Potential: Top line NHL center.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Low Risk, Once he gets stronger he will be a solid scoring NHL center.
    Extra Notes: He is one of the more grounded and humble kids available this June. Kyle has committed to the University of Wisconsin for next season.

    3. Alexei Cherepanov

    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: January 15, 1989
    Height: 6’-1â€
    Weight: 183 LBS
    06-07 League: Russia
    06-07 Team: OMSK
    Stats: 46 GP 18 G 11 A 29 PTS
    Strengths: Alexei has explosive acceleration and is a deceptively fast skater, Always thinking offence and looking for a loose puck or rebound to fire home, Has a real nose for the net and has a wide array of excellent shots to use, not afraid to go into traffic to get a scoring chance or drive to the net for that rebound or shot, one of this drafts best finishers, possesses exceptional hands and can make a defender look silly with a nice move while at full stride, on ice vision is great and he does not cower from physical play as a lot of young skilled Russians often do, hockey sense is strong and work rate is above average for his age group.
    Weakness: Like a lot of young offensive wizards his age, the only real time he sees his own zone is when he goes back to congratulate his goalie on the win, he needs to back check on a consistent basis and learn to read when to make the safe play and not gamble. Holds the puck a little more than he should trying to make plays that sometimes just are not there, needs to try and use his teammates better. Strength is one area he could improve but overall Alexei is almost NHL ready now.
    NHL Potential: First Line NHL Goal Scoring Winger.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med risk, High reward. Could be the grand slam pick of the draft or another highly skilled Russian that is unwilling to put the effort in.
    Extra Notes: Cherepanov was nominated as best forward at the WJC and has broken rookie scoring record in the Russian League this year previously held by Pavel Bure.

    4. Jakub Voracek

    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: August 15, 1989
    Height: 6’-2â€
    Weight: 188 LBS
    06-07 League: QMJHL
    06-07 Team: Halifax
    Stats: 59 GP 23 G 63 A 86 PTS
    Strengths: Jakub possesses a great winning attitude, always upbeat and optimistic, Voracek is a very coachable player, unselfish and well liked by teammates, who will do what needs to be done for the overall good of the team. Very determined and hard working both in game and in practice he has a good skating stride and can get to where he needs to be, has good speed and can skate around the defender to create a scoring chance. Protects the puck well in traffic and along the boards, has a goal scorers shot but also is a very effective passer, playmaker. Doesn’t look for rough and tough play but thrives in it and can make you play buy scoring a goal or setting one up rather than fighting or taking a bad penalty. He has the hockey sense to know when to jump back and support his defenseman with an outlet. A big game pressure player and very good overall package.
    Weakness: Upper body strength and acceleration are his only real blemishes. The big Czech can at times got into spells where he looks to set up teammates to a fault when he should be shooting. He doesn’t have that many weaknesses in his game to speak of.
    NHL Potential: First line, playmaking winger.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Low Risk, Medium Reward. I see a very good playmaking forward who will battle for pucks.
    Extra Notes: Jakub still has a hard time with the English language needing help with many day to day words but that has not held him back from adjusting well to his new life here in NA.

    5. James van Riemsdyk

    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: May 4, 1989
    Height: 6’-3â€
    Weight: 200 LBS
    06-07 League: United States Development Program
    06-07 Team: U.S. National U-18
    Stats: 42 GP 33 G 30 A 63 PTS
    Strengths: JVR possesses a strong, long skating stride, very athletic, strong on the puck in high traffic areas protecting the puck well with his body and/or outside leg along the boards, has great balance, very mobile for a big kid, possesses a hard accurate shot that is NHL ready now, can play a dominant physical game, great size and strength, plays a solid north south game, is not afraid to get his nose dirty, drives to the net, sometimes tries to go through defenders with his size, very coach able, James has decent hands and a good selection of hard accurate shots, very determined and hard working. Underrated playmaking skills finish off this impressive package.
    Weakness: Consistency, it will come as he matures and his game develops, his conditioning needs improvement, can look lost on the ice in his own end on some occasions, should continue to work on defensive positioning even though he does put forth an effort already, will need to fill out his frame as he will be expected to play a physical game at the next level.
    NHL Potential: Top Six, Skilled Power Forward.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Low Risk, should play in the NHL on a scoring line in a couple years. If he doesn’t make it as a skilled PF his skating and size alone would make him a very good checking line winger.
    Extra Notes: Committed to play for the University of New Hampshire. JVR also has good taste in music as he lists John Mayer as one of his favorite musicians.

    6. Sam Gagner

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: August 10, 1989
    Height: 5’-11â€
    Weight: 190 LBS
    06-07 League: OHL
    06-07 Team: London
    Stats: 53 GP 35 G 83 A 118 PTS
    Strengths: Gagner is blessed with great hockey sense and vision, his work ethic is strong, a real leader who is potential NHL captain material, he has a great overall attitude. Plays the game with a fire and intensity that is contagious to his teammates. Excellent puck handling skills and excels at finding the open man with a tape to tape pass. He can really dangle with the puck at high speeds. Sam has an underrated shot that he doesn’t use as much as he should. Gagner may not win many fastest skater contests but he has a quickness about him that serves him well in the OHL and will continue at the next level. Sam is very mature for his age and has a lot of character.
    Weakness: Size, but with the new rules and open game no team will be hesitant to select him in the top 10 next June. He excels on the PP but needs to work on five on five play and getting those ugly goal scoring chances, Sam also possesses just adequate skating and strength that will keep him in the CHL for another year or two. He needs to build up his leg and core muscles this summer as weak leg strength will hold back his skating.
    NHL Potential: Top six NHL center.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Low Risk, Once he gets stronger he will be a solid two-way NHL threat.
    Extra Notes: Sam is the son of former NHL’er Dave Gagner. Additionally, Dave is now Sam’s assistant coach with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League after the Hunters hired him on this year.

    7. Karl Alzner

    Position: Defense
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: September 24, 1988
    Height: 6’-2â€
    Weight: 209 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Calgary
    Stats: 63 GP 8 G 39 A 47 PTS
    Strengths: Plays a very dependable mistake free game from the backend. This above average skater likes to make the safe play and not gamble with too many offensive rushes. His balance and strength along the boards are assets. Karl is a leader who takes charge of in game situations and can also chip in offensively with a good hard point shot and his able passing skills. He is a workhorse, a very consistent prospect who never takes a game or practice off. His defensive stick work is amazing for a young defender. He is a nice heady calm defender.
    Weakness: I would love to see him use his large frame and play a little more of a physical game. Not a lot to pick from with regards to weaknesses, maybe just that he does have limited offensive upside (by his own defense first choosing) and he will never be a big, hard hitting defender who makes opposing forwards keep their heads up.
    NHL Potential: A very dependable top four defensive defender, playing 28 -30 minutes a night and on the PK.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Low risk, Medium reward. Karl should be ready for his first NHL shift maybe next season, but certainly by 08-09.
    Extra Note: A very impressive feat for a young 18 year old Alzner is that he was chosen to play for Canada on a deep defensive core in a WJC tournament usually dominated by 19 and 20 year old players.

    8. Logan Couture

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: March 28, 1989
    Height: 6’-0â€
    Weight: 188 LBS
    06-07 League: OHL
    06-07 Team: Ottawa
    Stats: 54 GP 26 G 52 A 78 PTS
    Strengths: He possesses a very complete game. His game is full of grit and determination as well as loads of skill. His passing is top notch and his ability to read the play is excellent. Logan is a playmaker but he can also finish with his hard, accurate wrist shot. He is in the play wherever it goes, offensive zone or defensive zone. Logan is a complete player who prides himself on team success rather than his stats or awards. Couture drives to the net and does not shy away from physical play. Logan has leadership qualities that could make him a potential NHL captain one day.
    Weakness: Durability is a valid concern because Logan missed so much time this year and never really got on track once he did come back. His skating could use work as he does not possess a very good overall stride and his first step acceleration is below par.
    NHL Potential: First line do it all NHL center.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Low risk, med/high reward. Logan will eventually be an NHL’er, if he is going to be a star it is really up to him as he possesses a lot of the tools needed already.
    Extra Note: If it weren’t for the multiple set backs with injuries and illnesses he sustained this season, Logan might have cracked the top 5.

    9. Keaton Ellerby

    Position: Defense
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: November 5, 1988
    Height: 6’-3.5â€
    Weight: 194 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Kamloops
    Stats: 69 GP 2 G 23 A 25 PTS
    Strengths: Ellerby plays a very mobile defensive style, he stays with the attacking forward and uses his size well to contain. He can play a very effective game when he keeps it simple. His positioning is good. His outlet passes are usually accurate and he rarely gives the puck away by way of the errant pass. Ellerby is at his best when he plays a physical brand of hockey. He has been known to drop the gloves and can handle himself well in those situations. He is a good team guy and a hard worker. Possesses good defensive instincts. His skating is great for a kid his size. He looks good rushing the puck out of his zone.
    Weakness: He is still growing and needs to add muscle to his thin frame. Needs to work on his point shot. Knowing when to jump into offensive play or when to hang back needs work. I am not expecting him to be a consistent offensive threat at the next level although his confidence and offensive game have grown in the second half of the season. Still a very raw prospect.
    NHL Potential: Top 4 physical defender with some offensive potential.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Medium Risk, Ellerby does possess some offensive potential but it is far from a sure thing that he will put up a lot of points in the NHL.
    Extra Notes: Ellerby was never drafted as a bantam player as he was an undersized defender in his draft year. It wasn’t until after 5-6 inch growth spurt over the following summer that he started attracted interest.

    10. Angelo Esposito

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: February 20, 1989
    Height: 6’-1â€
    Weight: 180 LBS
    06-07 League: QMJHL
    06-07 Team: Quebec
    Stats: 60 GP 27 G 52 A 79 PTS
    Strengths: Excellent skating stride, great first step acceleration, very fast, nice vision, good hands in traffic, great shot, can play a physical game but does not on a consistent enough basis, good size and strength, plays a solid two way game and is not apposed to back checking. Has a great driving stride when taking the puck to the net. Works hard in training and preparation. Makes those around him better. Angelo possesses the best overall potential package in the draft
    Weakness: Not always into the game and has trouble fighting through checks when he is the focal point. Immature and can get a pout on if things don’t go the way he wants or expects. Looks disinterested at times and needs to shake the big game flop tag that he has garnered.
    NHL Potential: Top Six, Scoring Forward.
    Boom or Bust Potential: High Risk, Highest Reward in the entire draft.
    Extra Note: Has been given the lazy tag by a lot of scouts and fans alike. Was over hyped a few years ago and that overexposure is now catching up to him. In my opinion Angelo has all the tools needed to be an NHL Star but he has yet to figure that out for himself. Esposito has been compared to Alexander Daigle but again in my opinion he has better hockey sense than Daigle ever had.

    11. Ryan McDonagh

    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: June 13, 1989
    Height: 6’-1â€
    Weight: 200 LBS
    06-07 League: USHS
    06-07 Team: Cretin-Derham
    Stats: 23 GP 10 G 23 A 33 PTS
    Strengths: Ryan is an accomplished two way defender who possesses excellent vision and anticipation, his point shot is accurate as well as hard, outlet passes are accurate and well placed, he supports his defense partner well, can either dominate in his own end shutting down opposition or by jumping into the play to create an odd man rush, skating is above average and transitions well, his defensive awareness is a strength, he can and will play physical if play dictates so. Ryan is always willing to compete and has a take charge personality on the ice when needed. Ryan will surely be a dependable NHL defender after some NCAA seasoning.
    Weakness: His overall conditioning, if he could add some upper body strength this summer it would help his adjustment to the Collage ranks immensely, it will be interesting to see how Ryan handles the jump playing against better competition next season.
    NHL Potential: Top 4, two way dependable defender.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Low/Med Risk, should develop into a good NHL regular.
    Extra Note: Was the winner of the Mr. Hockey award. Ryan will attend Wisconsin in the fall.

    12. Zach Hamill

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: September 23, 1988
    Height: 5’-11â€
    Weight: 180 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Everett
    Stats: 69 GP 32 G 61 A 93 PTS
    Strengths: Zach has great hands and is one of the better passers/playmakers in the whole draft. His stick handling is breath taking. He is a hard working, passionate finesse type prospect. His vision is great and hockey sense is good but his main asset is his creativity with the puck. Some guys have it but most don’t and it is not something you can teach. His skating is good, not great but his hands are soft and he makes plays that have you jumping out of your chair. He can turn the tied of the game with one play, a game breaker.
    Weakness: Foot speed and acceleration as well as strength concerns. A summer in the gym and with a power skating coach would help immensely. Consistency is another area Zack should focus on as he disappeared for long stretches during the season. Some attack his game because he is not a defensive player who back checks consistently but he just will never be a defensive guy.
    NHL Potential: Top six playmaking center.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med risk, high reward. Zack could develop into a nice skilled NHL center down the line.
    Extra Note: Zach holds the scoring record for the Silvertips franchise and also led the WHL in regular season scoring.

    13. Kevin Shattenkirk

    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: January 29, 1989
    Height: 5’-11â€
    Weight: 193 LBS
    06-07 League: United States Development Program
    06-07 Team: U.S. National U-18
    Stats: 48 GP 12 G 22 A 33 PTS
    Strengths: Kevin is a solid offensive defender who makes good heady passes and rarely leaves a teammate out to dry. He is blessed with great on ice vision and hockey sense and knows when to join the rush. Kevin also has a lot of determination and great leadership abilities. He is a real team first guy. His point shot is accurate and hard and he knows when to pinch and when to fall back and play strong positional defense.
    Weakness: Foot speed and acceleration are two areas where he needs to get better. His conditioning as well as his overall strength are two more areas he could improve upon. Being mildly undersized is another small concern but he should grow to be over 6’ and have a playing weight around 210 LBS.
    NHL Potential: Top 4 offensive defender.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med risk, Medium reward. Kevin will be an offensive defender who plays pro hockey, that is a fact. If he plays in the NHL, AHL or Europe is the question that needs to be answered.
    Extra Note: Kevin lists the New York Rangers as his favorite hockey team. He is committed to Boston University.

    14. Colby Cohen

    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: April 25, 1989
    Height: 6’-2â€
    Weight: 200 LBS
    06-07 League: USHL
    06-07 Team: Lincoln
    Stats: 53 GP 13 G 47 A 60 PTS
    Strengths: He is blessed with good mobility and skating but his real strength is in his phenomenal offensive instincts. His size is a real blessing as this draft is full of solid offensive defenders but they are all undersized by NHL standards. This alone could make him a hot commodity and get him drafted first round when most scouting services have him early mid second. His point shot is hard and accurate as well as his tape to tape passes. Plays physical by delivering checks as well as dropping the gloves when needed. This past season he dropped the mitts with Nicholas Petrecki and came out with the decision in my opinion.
    Weakness: His defensive zone coverage needs a lot of work as he tends to overplay the puck and also not play with the urgency needed to be a solid defender. Work ethic may be a small concern as some times he looks like he gives up on defensive plays.
    NHL Potential: Top 4 Offensive, physical defender.
    Boom or Bust Potential: High Risk, High Reward. Cohen has the potential to be a big time steal with all the tools he possesses.
    Extra Note: Colby started the year with the USNDP but had a falling out very early on and left the program to join Lincoln of the United States League.

    15. Nicholas Petrecki

    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: July 11, 1989
    Height: 6’-3â€
    Weight: 213 LBS
    06-07 League: USHL
    06-07 Team: Omaha
    Stats: 54 GP 11 G 14 A 25 PTS
    Strengths: An absolute monster on the ice, Nick plays with a mean nasty edge that few skilled prospects play with. He is extremely strong and at times looks like a man among boys. This mobile, hard working, physical defender has a nice skating stride that is strong. His defensive game is good as long as he plays a simple game and plays the body. He loves to get the big hit that turns the momentum of the game. Willing and able to drop the gloves when a need to arises. Has a decent first pass out of the zone. Very good leadership qualities and nice consistency for such a young defender.
    Weakness: Limited offensive abilities and a knack for taking avoidable penalties at inopportune times and areas of the ice are a concern. Needs to work on his shot as it is very inaccurate. Lacks offensive hockey sense and may never put up points at the pro level. Prone to giving the puck away if he tries to get to fancy in the offensive zone.
    NHL Potential: Top 6 physical defensive defender.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med Risk, med reward. Nick should be a steady defensive force and could potentially be ready within one year of NCAA primping as his skating and strength are already there.
    Extra Note: The big two way defender will attend Boston College in the fall.

    16. Jonathon Blum

    Position: Defence
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: January 30, 1989
    Height: 6’-0â€
    Weight: 163 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Vancouver
    Stats: 72 GP 8 G 43 A 51 PTS
    Strengths: A slick skater with above average speed and good lateral movement, his footwork is very good, Jon has a great offensive mind and shows his best stuff quarterbacking the PP, his defensive coverage is good and he has a lot of upside in the new NHL as a puck rushing defenseman, has the sense to know when it is safe to jump and when not to, elite passing skills compliment his offensive awareness, possesses forward’s hands and puck handling skills. Blum has loads of character and even though he has gone through some hardships in his young life, he is still a happy go lucky type with his heart in the right place.
    Weakness: Reed thin frame and underdeveloped upper body are the main concern, will Jon be able to put on the 30 plus pounds of muscle he needs to be able to jump to the pros, another much smaller issue is he needs make his end be his primary concern even though his strength is obviously as an offensive defender.
    NHL Potential: Top 6 offensive defender and PP quarterback.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Medium Risk, he will be a very good offensive NHL defender if he can add the required weight.
    Extra Notes: He was largely overshadowed this season on a very deep defense that featured Predator draft pick Cody Franson, Duck draft pick Brendan Mikkelson, Wild draft pick AJ Thelen, as well as WHL overage players Brett Festerling and Kyle Lamb, next year he should have a large season stats wise. When three or more of this years defense moves on.

    17. Mikael Backlund

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: March 17, 1989
    Height: 6’-0â€
    Weight: 194 LBS
    06-07 League: Sweden 2
    06-07 Team: Vasteras
    Stats: 18 GP 1 G 2 A 3 PTS
    Strengths: Great hockey sense and on ice vision are his best attributes. Backlund can do it all skill wise and is a very good skater blesses with great speed and soft hands that can dangle at that high speed. He can finish with a nice shot but his strength is as a playmaker that can set-up a winger with a nifty pass when it looks like there is no lane. Has the size to play in the NHL now and is a good faceoff man.
    Weakness: Needs to be more consistent but that should come with age and maturity as well as needing to work on his defensive game. Mikael also has the injury prone tag that he must show is not valid.
    NHL Potential: Top six playmaking center
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med Risk, if he can prove to be healthy and stay that way he should be a productive NHL playmaking center.
    Extra Note: Backlund has been a solid first round prospect all year but really cemented his position after a dominant U18 tournament, posting 6 goals in six games.

    18. Oscar Moller

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: January 22, 1989
    Height: 5’-11â€
    Weight: 180 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Chilliwack
    Stats: 68 GP 32 G 37 A 69 PTS
    Strengths: Oscar is a highly skilled winger who possesses great hands and a great scoring touch. He is a gritty winger who doesn’t mind getting his nose dirty. Versatile, can play Wing or Center. Controls the puck and the game very well with his smarts. A very good skater both speed/acceleration wise and balance. Has good vision and great hockey sense. Very coachable and highly determined to succeed. Nice hands and can dangle with the puck. A good hard shot fills out his game. Doesn’t mind being hit and can play physical when play dictates. He plays with a shifty playing style and can elude defenders very well. Plays a complete game in all three zones.
    Weakness: At times Oscar holds onto the puck too much and tries to make a play when it is just not there causing turnovers. He also needs to have more consistency in his defensive play. He, like most kids in Major Junior, need to work on overall strength.
    NHL Potential: Top six two-way/scoring winger.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Low Risk, High Reward. Not the sexiest of picks available but should end up being a very safe pick.
    Extra Note: Oscar was named the MVP for his team (White) at the annual CSS top prospects game in Quebec City this past January as he collected 2 points, 1 goal and 1 assist, in a losing effort.

    19. Joakim Andersson

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: May 2, 1989
    Height: 6’-2â€
    Weight: 198 LBS
    06-07 League: Sweden JR.
    06-07 Team: Frolunda JR.
    Stats: 41 GP 20 G 26 A 46 PTS
    Strengths: Plays a physical two-way game, possesses soft hands and some nice playmaking ability in his game. Joakim is a very dependable forward who consistently back checks and has nice defensive awareness. Hard to rattle, cool under pressure. Excellent in the faceoff department. Not overly flashy but he plays hard and works hard, gets the jobs done asked of him weather it be on the PP or the PK, is easy to coach. One of the more complete prospects available in the draft.
    Weakness: His acceleration and overall skating stride could use work as well as a consistent effort in using his large frame game in and game out. Sometimes Andersson can be too passive and try to stick check when instead he should play the body.
    NHL Potential: Steady Two-Way NHL forward.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med Risk, I think he will make it to the NHL probably in a Marcus Nilson type role.
    Extra Note: Played for a formidable Frolunda Jun team that also has Potential first rounders Lars Eller and Simon Hjalmarsson in the lineup.

    20. Brandon Sutter

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: February 14, 1989
    Height: 6’-3â€
    Weight: 170 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Red Deer
    Stats: 71 GP 20 G 37 A 57 PTS
    Strengths: A good skating two-way forward whose strength is his playmaking ability and his hard work. His hockey sense and very good shot make Brandon a very nice prospect full of grit and skill. Most games I’ve seen he has displayed a good work ethic and possesses a nice skill set but I am not sure if he is as talented as some of his Uncles or father were. One thing he undoubtedly shares with them is his heart and tireless work ethic.
    Weakness: Strength, Sutter is reed thin and at 6’-3†170 lbs he desperately needs to add 20 to 30+ pounds of muscle to his frame. Also, at times this season, his heart and determination has been questioned which is a rarity in the Sutter bloodlines, I think this is unfounded and not true. Other than the strength issues there really is nothing wrong with his game. Does a lot of thing good and not a lot great.
    NHL Potential: Top 6 two-way playmaking center.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med risk, med reward. Hard to say so early into his development but I think Brandon will bring a lot more skill to the NHL team that drafts him than most other bird dogs think he has.
    Extra Note: Brandon might be suffering from trying to live up to the expectations of a family name like the Sutters let alone being coached by his father Brent with Red Deer.

    21. T.J. Brennan

    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: February 10, 1989
    Height: 6’-0.25â€
    Weight: 204 LBS
    06-07 League: QMJHL
    06-07 Team: St. John’s
    Stats: 68 GP 16 G 25 A 41 PTS
    Strengths: T.J. is a very good skater with good mobility, he is an offensive defender but he is also very positionally sound in his own end which couldn’t be said earlier in the year. This shows that he is also a quick study and listens to his coaches. Brennan has a heavy point shot that he uses on the PP and also possesses good passing abilities. T.J. is a tough kid who does not back away from the extracurricular activities.
    Weakness: His hockey sense is not great but he does have good defensive awareness. He is very raw and almost an unknown quantity. He is still very early in his development and T.J. could go along way and become a great defender.
    NHL Potential: Top 6 defensive defender with some offensive upside.
    Boom or Bust Potential: High risk, high reward. T.J. is really not known what his potential could be as he has improved so much from last October to this April already.
    Extra Note: Not drafted by a CHL team, Brennan was signed as a FA by St. John’s and I bet there are a few OHL teams kicking their own butts about that one. QMJHL Rookie of the year winner.

    22. Max Pacioretty

    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: November 20, 1988
    Height: 6’-1.5â€
    Weight: 203 LBS
    06-07 League: USHL
    06-07 Team: Sioux City
    Stats: 60 GP 21 G 42 A 63 PTS
    Strengths: Max is a large body that likes to play a physical brand of hockey. His skating is fluid and while I wouldn’t consider him a burner he does have more than one gear. The big Connecticut native has nice hands and a cannon of a shot that he uses early and often. His playmaking skills are a bit underrated as he possesses good on ice vision and anticipation.
    Weakness: Consistency is an area he has struggled with as well as defensive support. Driving back defensivly into his own zone is not really a part of his game right now but if he added that kind of dimension he would be a hot commodity come June 22nd. Max could also improve his skating and physical play with a little work on his leg strength as he will find it increasingly difficult to play the way he did this past season in Sioux City at the next level when U. of M.’s season starts.
    NHL Potential: Top two line scoring winger.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med Risk, Med Reward. It would not be a stretch to see Max rounding out his game into a Brian Rolston type of NHL forward.
    Extra Note: Max was named rookie of the year in the USHL this past season and has committed to the University of Michigan for the fall.

    23. Simon Hjalmarsson

    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: February 1, 1989
    Height: 5’-11â€
    Weight: 161 LBS
    06-07 League: Sweden Jr.
    06-07 Team: Frolunda Jr.
    Stats: 41 GP 31 G 23 A 54 PTS
    Strengths: A highly skilled offensive force, Simon has a decent shot and can also set-up plays with his deft passing skills. His skating is top notch and he possesses very good acceleration which helps his play along the boards and his drive to the net. He is a very flashy player and you know when he is on the ice. His puck handling skills are good and he can use them to get through defenders who play the puck instead of the body on him. Simon can play an effective two-way game and has PK skills.
    Weakness: He is small and is easily pushed off the puck with hard physical play. Simon needs to add muscle to his core and legs. He could use a little more physical edge to his play.
    NHL Potential: Top six scoring winger.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med Risk, as long as he can put on some muscle and prove he can play in a more physical element, he will be a good pro.
    Extra Note: Simon had a strong U18 tournament for team Sweden which elevated his draft status with 9 points in six games.

    24. Brett Maclean

    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: December 24, 1988
    Height: 6’-1â€
    Weight: 196 LBS
    06-07 League: OHL
    06-07 Team: Oshawa
    Stats: 68 GP 47 G 53 A 100 PTS
    Strengths: Brett is a skilled winger that plays with dome jam. Not overly physical with regards to the big hits or dropping the gloves but he consistently goes to the net as well as win most puck battles along the boards. His hands are good and he has a good shot. Maclean’s best asset is his playmaking ability as he is good at drawing the defender to him and then dishing off to a line mate (Tavares, who is not all that bad either). His on ice vision is good. No questioning his offensive abilities.
    Weakness: His skating is a concern as his feet are slow and he doesn’t always keep them moving. His stride is very choppy and sometimes Brett can look lazy on his skates. Also his physical play is lacking, as he does go to the net, he often times doesn’t finish his checks or go to the net with authority. Consistency is a little concern but really it is with all young prospects.
    NHL Potential: Top six playmaking winger.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med risk, med reward. Brett should be a good pro winger as long as he works on some of his areas of concern (Skating, consistency and overall quickness)
    Extra Note: Played with John Tavares which may have padded his goal scoring stats a bit but in the same token Tavares stats might have been padded a bit by having Brett dishing to him all season as well. Was having an outstanding OHL playoffs to cap his draft year when he was suspended 6 games for a check into the cross bar that broke the nose of Belleville Bulls Bryan Cameron.

    25. Bill Sweatt

    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: September 21, 1988
    Height: 6’-0â€
    Weight: 180 LBS
    06-07 League: WCHA
    06-07 Team: Colorado College
    Stats: 30 GP 9 G 17 A 26 PTS
    Strengths: A fast skating two way winger, Bill has a nose for the net which can attest to the points he was able to put up as a NCAA rookie. He is one of if not the faster skaters available. The Elburn Illinois native plays a very aggressive hard working style but that is not all he has to offer. Bill has nice hockey sense and can lay a sweet pass.
    Weakness: Consistency and overall strength issues but none of which is a real deterrent as both will come with age and experience. Needs to shot more often as he has an underrated shot.
    NHL Potential: Top 9 playmaking speedster.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Low Risk, Med reward. Bill has the speed, defensive awareness and determination to be at the very least a good NHL role player, but, the potential is there to be so much more.
    Extra Note: Bill Sweatt won the Bob Johnson Award as CC’s rookie of the year. The reason Bill picked Colorado College to play his NCAA hockey at was mostly due to the fact that his older brother Lee was already playing for the Tigers.
     
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    26. Lars Eller

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: May 8, 1989
    Height: 6’-0â€
    Weight: 198 LBS
    06-07 League: Sweden Jr.
    06-07 Team: Frolunda Jr.
    Stats: 39 GP 18 G 37 A 55 PTS
    Strengths: A good skater, Lars possesses that extra gear that is needed to be a goal scorer in the NHL Has a good shot selection and can score many different ways. Very quick, accurate wrist shot. Protects the puck well and is surprisingly strong. Plays an offensive game but can and will play both ways when needed. Rises up when put under pressure. Lars is not afraid to drive to the net or play in traffic areas. Plays the body whenever he can. Great attitude and work ethic. Has nice playmaking ability to compliment his finishing skills.
    Weakness: Not a lot of weakness in this player, if any. He could use more strength and maybe work on his foot speed, but like I said he is a very complete prospect without glaring holes.
    NHL Potential: First line scoring winger.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Low risk, will develop into one of the best players to come out of this draft.
    Extra Note: I like Lars a lot and think he could slip into the top 10 this June, one of the best Danish prospects in many years.

    27. Nick Ross

    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: February 10, 1989
    Height: 6’-0.5â€
    Weight: 188 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Regina
    Stats: 70 GP 7 G 24 A 31 PTS
    Strengths: He is a fine skating offensively skilled defender who loves to play physical and the open ice hits. He is one of the best checkers in this years draft. He is ultra calm and cool with the puck. His hands are almost like a forwards with regards to being able to pull some high skill moves. Sees the ice really well and has good anticipation.
    Weakness: Sometimes Nick hold onto the puck too long and can have it stripped away. That is not a good thing when you are the last line of defense between the shooter and your goalie. Nick also needs to work on his defensive positioning as well as needing to get stronger if he is going to play the physical defender role. Earlier in the year Ross was trying to do too much which was a detriment to his game. He straightened that out and seemed to find his game as the season wore on.
    NHL Potential: Top six NHL offensive hard hitting defender.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med/High risk, high reward. Nick Ross could develop into the steal of all defenders in this draft if he continues to develop.
    Extra Note: Ross is currently playing beside one of the Detroit Redwings top prospect in Logan Pyett. Being that Logan is an offensive defender it would not surprise me to see Nick put up a lot more points when Logan graduates from major junior.

    28. Tyson Sexsmith

    Position: Goalie
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: February 20, 1989
    Height: 5’-11â€
    Weight: 209 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Vancouver
    Stats: 51 GP 1.79 GAA .915 SP
    Strengths: A very good positional goalie who knows his angles very well. Plays much bigger than his 5’-11†height indicates. Played behind and some think that may have a lot to do with his good year but he had a major impact on this teams fortunes and really turned it on mid season. Anticipation is a strength as well as communication with his defenders. Good at finding the puck in goalmouth battles. Possesses a lightning quick glove hand that he can makes highlight reel saves with. A very strong focus on most nights helps with his limited work load.
    Weakness: Tyson can let his emotions get the better of him on some occasions and if not reeled back he can loose his focus. Needs to work on foot work a bit and has at times late in the season started to cheat off of his posts. Mobility is a minor weakness that some times shows up.
    NHL Potential: No. 1 NHL Goalie.
    Boom or Bust Potential: High risk, high reward. Tyson could be a very good goalie if he continues down the right development path. However, if he gets lazy from being on a good team, where he doesn’t face many shots, it may hurt his development rather than help.
    Extra Note: Sexsmith will play in the Memorial cup this year as it is taking place in Vancouver. Started the year as #2 on the depth chart but soon after season’s start was the #1 after Vancouver’s started turned pro.

    29. Maxim Mayorov

    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: March 26, 1989
    Height: 6’-2â€
    Weight: 187 LBS
    06-07 League: Russia 2
    06-07 Team: Leninogorsk
    Stats: 28 GP 6 G 4 A 10 PTS
    Strengths: Maxim possesses a lot of the nifty skills that his countrymen have been known for in the past, Good skater who likes to zip up the wing and take passes in topflight. Good soft hands and can dangle. Sees the ice well and can dish the puck. His size already allows him to play against men and he has been dominant at times. Best when playing with an edge.
    Weakness: Consistency, I don’t know if he found it to be a chore playing in tournaments but it seems like he plays best and gave his most consistent effort with his club team. Needs to use his above average shot more. Should add 15-20 pounds before turning pro. Work ethic may be a concern, but on some nights he is his team’s hardest worker which points back to consistency. I really haven’t figured him out yet. Needs to work on his below average first step acceleration.
    NHL Potential: First line scoring winger.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med risk, High reward. Maxim has been very inconsistent all year with every viewing. His consistency is not even held throughout a game he can have some great shifts and then disappear for the rest of the game. I would take him as a project prospect, he is still a bit of an unknown.
    Extra Note: Was looking forward to seeing him in Finland but was an injury scratch from the Russian roster.

    30. Ian Cole

    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: February 21, 1989
    Height: 6’-1â€
    Weight: 211 LBS
    06-07 League: United States Development Program
    06-07 Team: U.S. National U-18
    Stats: 49 GP 4 G 16 A 20 PTS
    Strengths: Plays a complete game and has nice abilities in all three zones. He is a very heady defender who is always analyzing the game and figuring out the more logical and simplest play to make. A very steady force on the backend. His skating is good and is very mobile as well as being able to handle opponents physically. He possesses good defensive awareness and knows when to pinch and when to stay back on defense. Has a good first pass and supports his teammates by providing himself as an outlet and also has a low hard accurate point shot. Has a very nice all around game. Has nice leadership potential.
    Weakness: He really doesn’t have too many weaknesses but if I were to pick him apart I would say he could focus on getting a little stronger and better his skating as well as maybe work on conditioning as all young prospects need to. He doesn’t have outstanding offensive skills and vision but that is hardly anything he can work on. On very limited occasions I have seen him loose his focus and get drawn into situations.
    NHL Potential: Top 4 two way physical defender.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Low risk, high reward. Not sure why he has not moved up the draft chart this year but I expect him to be an NHL defender as one of the almost sure fire prospects in the draft.
    Extra Note: Will attend Notre Dame University. An extremely underrated defender by all of the scouting services throughout the year Cole is one of the more complete packages available for the backend this draft.

    31. James O'Brien

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: January 29, 1989
    Height: 6’-2â€
    Weight: 184 LBS
    06-07 League: WCHA
    06-07 Team: U. of Minnesota
    Stats: 36 GP 6 G 6 A 12 PTS
    Strengths: His skating ability is his main strength as he is fast and fluid and gets in on the for check quickly. Jim has a nice set of hands and although he will never be a Datsyuk he can still handle the puck in traffic and on the rush. He possesses a hard accurate shot and battles hard for loose pucks. His size is another strength as he is projected to be around 6’-3†and 210 when he will play in the NHL. Large, hard skating forwards who for check, kill penalties and can play a regular shift are a hot commodity in the New NHL.
    Weakness: Not really a weakness but I don’t see Jim having the biggest upside as a scoring forward. I think he will top out as a really good third line checker with grit and speed who can bang in some goals and collect 30-40 pts a year. Consistency and adding weight to his 6’-2†frame are two other areas he needs to address before he can jump to the pro game.
    NHL Potential: Third line two-way forward.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med risk, med reward. Jim played a limited role on a very deep NCAA team as a freshman. Look for him to produce more in year two.
    Extra Note: Jim has played in various tournaments in his age group representing the USA on many occasions, most recently in Finland at the U-18 World Championships. Jim is a product of the USNDP playing there for two seasons before going to Minnesota.

    32. David Perron

    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: May 28, 1988
    Height: 5’-11.5â€
    Weight: 180 LBS
    06-07 League: QMJHL
    06-07 Team: Lewiston
    Stats: 70 GP 39 G 44 A 83 PTS
    Strengths: Great hands and creativity with the puck. Perron makes plays that pull you out of your seat and can beat defenders one on one or even one on two as I’ve witnessed. Does not shy away from going to the net for a scoring chance. Extremely quick stick as well as his decision making which regards to what he is going to do with the puck. He is one of the most naturally gifted prospect in this draft.
    Weakness: Consistency, again we see this with a lot of young prospects as they are just figuring out what a work ethic is, Perron some nights looks like he just shows up and may not want to put too much effort into the game, just getting by on skills alone. Needs to learn to use his linemates more effectively. Skating is below average and will need to be improved. Not hard to play against as Perron needs to improve his board play and cycling. A bit of a hot dog. Needs to work on getting his shot off quicker.
    NHL Potential: Top 6 skilled winger.
    Boom or Bust Potential: High risk, high reward. Perron got a late start to his CHL carrier so I have not been able to get a long read on his development (only one year) but if this season alone is any indication, David development curve is very high and he could lead the QMJHL in scoring next season.
    Extra Note: David was passed over in the 2007 NHL Entry draft. He was a late addition to the CHL’s Top Prospects game in Quebec as he was the injury replacement for Maxim Tanguay. Lead all QMJHL Rookie in points.

    33. Zack Torquato

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: June 8, 1989
    Height: 6’-0â€
    Weight: 195 LBS
    06-07 League: OHL
    06-07 Team: Erie
    Stats: 65 GP 30 G 39 A 69 PTS
    Strengths: Zack is a competitor, he comes to play every single game and is a real team leader. Extremely consistent and practices hard all the time. Not afraid to drive the net and work his butt of in the corners. Possesses good offensive instincts as well as nice on ice vision. He excels at playmaking but can also finish off his share of plays with a decent shot.
    Weakness: Skating is a weakness as his stride is choppy and too short. Needs to gain leg strength over the summer and that would do wonders for lengthening his stride. He also needs to take on more of a leadership role on a young Otters team. His defensive play has left a lot to be desired as he does have the capabilities to contribute at both ends. Needs to be more consistent on his back checking duties and supporting his defenders.
    NHL Potential: Top 6 scoring center.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med risk, med reward. Zack has all the tools to make it to the NHL as a scoring threat.
    Extra Note: After some legal issues in Saginaw, a top team in the OHL, early in the year he was traded to the lowly Erie Otters as Saginaw was loading up for a Championship run.

    34. Thomas Hickey

    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: February 8, 1989
    Height: 5’-11â€
    Weight: 182 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Seattle
    Stats: 68 GP 9 G 41 A 50 PTS
    Strengths: A slick skating defender with loads of offensive potential and excellent vision but yet is also good in the defensive zone. Thomas has good instincts knowing when to rush the puck and when to jump into the play and when he should hang back. A great passer and his point shot is not too overpowering but he gets it on net and produces second chances. Defensive positioning and stick work are also strong. Good mobility and on ice awareness round out a pretty complete package.
    Weakness: Size and physical abilities are areas of concern as he is another undersized defender in this draft. He needs to add strength to be effective at the next level.
    NHL Potential: Top four offensive defender.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med risk, med reward. He looks like one of the safer picks if you are a team looking at one of the smaller offensive defenders in this draft.
    Extra Note: List his Dad as one of the most influential people in his young hockey career.

    35. Jeremy Smith

    Position: Goalie
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: April 13, 1989
    Height: 5’-11.5â€
    Weight: 160 LBS
    06-07 League: OHL
    06-07 Team: Plymouth
    Stats: 31 GP 2.59 GAA .923 SP
    Strengths: Athletic ability is his biggest strength. Jeremy is also a very positional sound goalie who never looses his net. He can make saves that seem impossible as well as being consistent in making the ordinary saves. Lateral mobility is very good as he gets across in a blink. Plays bigger than his average frame really is. A very complete goalie that stays loose and calm before and during games. Jeremy has a lot of drive to be the best goalie he can. A real team guy.
    Weakness: Jeremy doesn’t have a lot of weaknesses that I can see. His focus and game preparation could use tweaking and he needs to hit the gym and add some much needed muscle to both his upper body and his legs.
    NHL Potential: Potential No. 1 NHL Goalie.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med Risk, High Reward. Jeremy’s athleticism and drive tell me that he could be an NHL all star.
    Extra Note: The Michigan native surprisingly was never recruited by the USNDP even though he was right in their backyard.

    36. Patrick White

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: January 20, 1989
    Height: 6’-0.5â€
    Weight: 186 LBS
    06-07 League: USHL
    06-07 Team: Tri-City
    Stats: 12 GP 8 G 1 A 9 PTS
    Strengths: Great set of hands as well as both finishing skills and playmaking abilities. Not a great skater but gets to where he needs to be and can keep up. Very elusive skater with nice mobility on the ice. Good along the boards and in the corners at retrieving the puck. Not afraid to drive the net. He is a very underrated playmaker as he seems to be able to find an open man with a crisp pass when pressured by the defense. His two way play has really blossomed in the past few months. Still a very raw prospect.
    Weakness: While Patrick has some nice offensive abilities he is not overly big so he doesn’t play with any type of physicality. Strength is a concern but not that big a deal since he will get stronger with time. Needs to battle through traffic a bit better on some occasions. Needs to learn to use teammates a bit better as well.
    NHL Potential: Second or third line two way forward.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med risk, med reward. I am not sure if Pat’s offensive abilities will translate well to the NHL level or if he will be a good third liner with some offensive abilities.
    Extra Note: Committed to the University of Minnesota and will start there in the fall.

    37. Alex Plante

    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: September 5, 1989
    Height: 6’-3.5â€
    Weight: 225 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Calgary
    Stats: 58 GP 8 G 30 A 38 PTS
    Strengths: His biggest strengths at this moment is his size, strength and mobility as well as his creativity with generating offence. His point shot is good and hard as well as accurate. His vision is also a strength as he seems to always have an option “b†lined up incase his lane to the net or teammate gets closed off. Can play a physical game but is also very disciplined and picks his spots well.
    Weakness: As good as Alex is on some nights, he can really let you down as well as he can disappear for stretches and has been caught cheating, hangs his partner out to dry on occasions. Consistency is an area of concern. Conditioning needs to be addresses as late in games where he has played physical you can see that he looses a step of quickness.
    NHL Potential: Top 4 two way defender.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med risk, med reward. Alex should play minutes in the NHL at some point. It is just unknown if it will be journeyman minutes or top four core player minutes.
    Extra Note: Alex Plante’s father was a defenseman playing in the WHL in the early 80’s and his brother, Tyler, is a NHL drafted goalie currently playing in the WHL.

    38. Colton Gillies

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: February 12, 1989
    Height: 6’-3.5â€
    Weight: 189 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Saskatoon
    Stats: 65 GP 13 G 17 A 30 PTS
    Strengths: Great straight away speed and fine first step acceleration are his best assets. This big bodied Center has that next gear that most prospects only wish they had. He is extremely hard working and determined every time on the ice. Good leadership qualities and a hard shot round out Colton’s game. He is a real character guy who does whatever asked of him by his coach.
    Weakness: Sometimes all that effort he shows during games comes up short as he lacks the offensive instincts and hand skills to put up points even at the Major Junior level. While his shot is hard it is not very accurate and he doesn’t get it off fast enough.
    NHL Potential: Third or fourth line defensive forward.
    Boom or Bust Potential: High risk, medium reward. Not sure if Colton will develop better offensive skills down the road but what he could develop to get him to the NHL is a solid defensive game coupled with his speed, size and long reach. These types of players are still sought after by NHL teams each June.
    Extra Note: Colton is the nephew of former NHL’er Clark Gillies. Their games however couldn’t be more different as Clark was a perennial scorer and Colton projects as a solid checker.

    39. Logan Macmillan

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: May 7, 1989
    Height: 6’-1â€
    Weight: 172 LBS
    06-07 League: QMJHL
    06-07 Team: Halifax
    Stats: 68 GP 20 G 35 A 55 PTS
    Strengths: Exceptional vision and playmaking ability to go with his good overall defensive responsible game. He works hard and is willing to pay the price to help his team. He is not afraid to drive the net or play in high traffic areas. MacMillan is a very poised prospect and doesn’t panic with the puck. He has leadership abilities and could develop into captain material down the line. He possesses good size and is still growing.
    Weakness: Skating and overall foot speed need to be worked on as Logan is just an adequate skater and to be a good defensive player in the NHL, he will need to be faster on his skates. Another area is his strength. He could spend the off season in a gym. Needs to work on his shot as it is not very hard, but that should develop with some upper body strength.
    NHL Potential: Third line defensive forward with some offensive potential.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med Risk, Med Reward. His determination and defensive abilities say he will play pro hockey, in what role is yet to be determined.
    Extra Note: Logan has had a great playoff posting 20 points in 12 games including 9 goals for Halifax. It will be interesting to see if he can carry that performance through next season and be a top scorer in the QMJHL.

    40. Stefan Legein

    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: November 24, 1988
    Height: 5’-9.25â€
    Weight: 170 LBS
    06-07 League: OHL
    06-07 Team: Mississauga
    Stats: 64 GP 43 G 32 A 75 PTS
    Strengths: Stefan is a super fast skating winger with loads of grit and determination. He is willing to go anywhere and take abuse to make plays. He has unbelievable acceleration and can really get a defender turned around in a hurry. Goes to the net and fights for loose pucks as well as digging hard in the corners. His shot is very good and has nice on ice vision to go along with very good passion for the game.
    Weakness: Size and style of play are two areas that could come to a head. With his style of play he should be a couple inches taller and 20 pound heavier but he is not and this may lead to being injury prone. Not really a weakness but Stefan doesn’t possess the best offensive skills besides that good shot he pretty much runs off of heard and hard work.
    NHL Potential: Top 9 hard working grinding winger
    Boom or Bust Potential: Medium risk, medium reward. Legein will not be a high scoring second coming of Pavel Bure but he does have the ability to be a fast, gritty, winger who can pop in the odd goal here and there.
    Extra Note: Stefan was voted to the 2007 CHL Top Prospects game in Quebec City as well as the 2007 OHL All-Star in Saginaw, Michigan and won the fastest skater event in the skills testing portion.

    41. Kevin Marshall

    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: March 10, 1989
    Height: 6’-0.5â€
    Weight: 191 LBS
    06-07 League: OMJHL
    06-07 Team: Lewiston
    Stats: 70 GP 5 G 27 A 32 PTS
    Strengths: His skating is very strong and fluid as he has strong legs. Plays similar to how Chris Chelios does now, using smart reads and loads of hard work to get the job done all over the ice. Has a knack for always being in position either in the defensive or offensive zones. I have been really impressed with his overall abilities as he can do it all, shot, pass, physical play and finesse the puck. His hockey IQ is outstanding and sees the play developing and knows where he should be to be able to disrupt said play. Skating and mobility are his best strengths. He has loads of potential and might have a real breakout year next year.
    Weakness: Lack of an identity and physical conditioning as well as supporting his partner with either being a pass outlet or support on the wall are also areas that he can work on with proper coaching. He also needs to learn to get the puck on net a little more instead of going for the setup pass. Can take the untimely penalty that really hurts a team’s ability to maintain or build momentum in a close game. Strength will need to be addresses as he can play physical at this size in the Q but might find it more difficult with larger opponents.
    NHL Potential: Top 6 dependable two way defender.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Low risk, medium reward. Kevin is a pretty safe pick, he plays a solid two way game but doesn’t blow you away with anything spectacular.
    Extra Note: Kevin was one of 40 CHL prospects invited to take part in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game in Quebec City back in January.

    42. Nick Palmieri

    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: July 12, 1989
    Height: 6’-2â€
    Weight: 212 LBS
    06-07 League: OHL
    06-07 Team: Erie
    Stats: 56 GP 24 G 21 A 45 PTS
    Strengths: A very big power forward who loves to use his size to his advantage. He plays a very physical game along the boards and drives the net with abandon. He possesses the “nose for the net†tag and has a decent shot that he can get off quickly. He is a hard worker on most nights and is hard to knock off the puck. Playmaking is not a strong point but he has made some nice passes this past season that created scoring opportunities, but again it is not his strong point. Nick is a potential Power Forward with scoring upside that is still not fully tapped. A very raw product as he is still defining his game. He is almost always visible in the game and rarely does he disappear for stretches.
    Weakness: His skating is only average and he needs to work on foot speed. He is very inconsistent as some games he is a warrior getting multiple scoring chances and then some games he is satisfied with playing a safe grinding game. He needs to work harder at conditioning his big body and during his practices as some times he can look confused of his defensive duties.
    NHL Potential: Top 9 scoring power forward.
    Boom or Bust Potential: High risk, medium reward. Nick has the ability to develop into a solid, gritty, scoring Power forward down the line.
    Extra Note: Nick was one of the CHL prospects selected by NHL teams to play in the ’07 top prospects game in Quebec City.

    43. Trevor Cann

    Position: Goalie
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: March 30, 1989
    Height: 5’-10.75â€
    Weight: 199 LBS
    06-07 League: OHL
    06-07 Team: Peterborough
    Stats: 62 GP 3.69 GAA .909 SP
    Strengths: A very confident goalie who plays a Butterfly style and does so with sound positioning and great lateral mobility. Trevor’s a very consistent goalie as he has to be when he faces an average of 35+ shots per game playing behind a young defense for the Petes. He has a lot of heart and determination in his play. His glove is strong and he is very agile and quick with his pads.
    Weakness: Trevor has a problem with letting rebounds get out for second and third chances. It would make his job a lot easier if he learned to deaden the first shot and not allow rebounds. He tends to cheat a little with reading the play develop and it costs him some goals that he should have saved.
    NHL Potential: No. 1 NHL Goalie.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med risk, med reward. Cann has been a highly touted goalie prospect for three years now and it is for a reason, he has loads of talent.
    Extra Note: Trevor was chosen to attend the 2007 WJC selection camp for team Canada as well as playing and winning Gold for team Canada at the 2006 U18 World Cup.

    44. Mark Katic

    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: September 5, 1989
    Height: 5’-10â€
    Weight: 180 LBS
    06-07 League: OHL
    06-07 Team: Sarnia
    Stats: 68 GP 5 G 35 A 40 PTS
    Strengths: Skating, Katic simply possesses the best skating stride in the entire draft. His stride is fluid and every aspect of his skating and mobility are awesome. Mark sees the ice extremely well and has a very nice head pass. He can also skate with the puck and lead the offensive attack. He is a very determined prospect and works extremely hard both in game and in practice which stems from always being told he is too small and won’t make it as a defender. Mark is very willing to go into the corners and take a hit to make a play.
    Weakness: Mark needs to work on his point shot which is neither hard enough nor used enough. Then there is the size issue, will his small frame be able to hold up in the NHL?
    NHL Potential: Top six offensive defender.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med Risk, depending on if he can prove that his slight frame can handle the punishment it will take in the NHL, Mark should be a solid NHL citizen within two to three years.
    Extra Note: Katic has been a highly regarded prospect for a couple of years now and if he were 6’2†there is not doubt he would be considered for the #1 pick.

    45. Dana Tyrell

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: March 23, 1989
    Height: 5’-10.25â€
    Weight: 185 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Prince George
    Stats: 72 GP 30 G 26 A 56 PTS
    Strengths: Dana’s biggest strength is his heart. This kid just is a total team player who does whatever asked of him. He has loads of grit to go along with great character and leadership qualities. His skill level is not as high as some of the other prospects available at this position but what he lacks in offensive skills he more than makes up for with his determination and heart. A two way threat, he may develop a little offensive upside as he gets more experience. Doesn’t mind the dirty work or getting into oppositions grills. A good skater with nice speed and acceleration. Very hard working.
    Weakness: Very limited offensive abilities are the main knock on Tyrell. His size is also a concern if he is to make the NHL unless he learns to be more elusive from checking. Other than those two weaknesses he is a pretty solid prospect, he just doesn’t have a lot of offensive upside.
    NHL Potential: Second or third line two way winger.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Low Risk, Med reward. What you see is what you get with him. A hard working two way contributor in all aspects of the game.
    Extra Note: Dana was voted rookie of the year and Scholastic Player of the Year by his club in Prince George.

    46. John Negrin

    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: March 25, 1989
    Height: 6’-2.25â€
    Weight: 195 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Regina
    Stats: 44 GP 1 G 15 A 16 PTS
    Strengths: Excellent skating abilities as he is very mobile in every aspect and looks like he is gliding with a very smooth stride. A very raw prospect with loads of untapped potential. He does a lot of things well and is very coachable. He can adapt to play the game any way you want as he has a physical edge as well as having decent offensive instincts to go along with nice defensive positioning and awareness. A very underrated prospect coming up to the June entry draft.
    Weakness: Seems to struggle with consistency and was slowed by an injury to his ankle and a concussion this season that set him back from the other defensive prospects available. On very few occasions he needed to make decisions quicker with the puck and know when to make the safe play instead of trying to force it when the play is not there. Limited offensive skills are not really a weakness but he will never be a offensive guy and that bring his draft stock down a little with so many good offensive guys available this year. Nothing really wrong with his game, he just needs to polish every thing up a bit.
    NHL Potential: Top 6 defense first defender.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Medium risk, medium reward. John has the ability to develop into a consistent, great skating, stay at home type of defender with some limited offensive upside.
    Extra Note: I was waiting for him to bust loose all year after the broken ankle but it never happened, look for him to have a good year next season after an average showing in his draft year in which he never seemed to get going.

    47. Nick Spaling

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: September 19, 1988
    Height: 6’-0.25â€
    Weight: 180 LBS
    06-07 League: OHL
    06-07 Team: Kitchener
    Stats: 61 GP 23 G 36 A 59 PTS
    Strengths: This versatile forward does a lot of things good but nothing great. He possesses great speed and a nice two way game. He is a hard worker who has nice offensive skills but also likes to play a complete game. He is smart at reading plays and is very good on the forcheck. He can also set up a play as he is a good playmaker. He plays quality minutes on the PK and the PP and can finish with a deceptive shot that finds its mark more times than not. He won’t blow you away with flashy plays but you do notice him in all his team roles. He is full of character and really thinks the game like a much older player.
    Weakness: The one of very few knocks on his overall complete game is that he doesn’t play too physical and can shy away from that kind of play. If he could add a gritty side to his game that would make him all that more complete. Not a lot wrong with his developing game.
    NHL Potential: Top 9 two way forward.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Low risk, medium reward. He will most likely make the Pro’s as a character forward strong on the forcheck and PK.
    Extra Note: This long time Leaf fan says he will have no problem changing his allegiance to which ever NHL team selects him this June.

    48. Ted Ruth

    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: February 14, 1989
    Height: 6’-1â€
    Weight: 199 LBS
    06-07 League: United States Development Program
    06-07 Team: U.S. National U-18
    Stats: 39 GP 5 G 11 A 16 PTS
    Strengths: Teddy’s biggest strength is that he has loads of character and will do what ever is needed to better the team. He has good grit and works really hard and could be potential NHL Captain material. His consistency is top in the draft and he brings a safe physical defensive game every time. His game will be most effective in the dressing room and with his safe steady defensive play along with being able to step and deliver a big hit to spark his teammates. Is blessed with good defensive awareness.
    Weakness: He has very limited offensive potential, despite possessing a decent point shot and a good outlet pass, will not be on the ice for Power Plays or during the last minute of a game where a goal is needed. Needs to add strength and should work to better his physical condition as he will log heavy minutes at Notre Dame. No real draw backs to his game.
    NHL Potential: Top 6 stay at home physical defender.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Medium risk, medium reward. Ted has the ability to get to the next level almost based just on the intangible qualities he possesses alone. I would bet we see him taking a regular NHL shift before too long.
    Extra Note: Will attend Notre Dame University along with USNDP teammate Ian Cole where they could help to create a very dominant NCAA team.

    49. Tommy Cross

    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: September 12, 1989
    Height: 6’-3â€
    Weight: 195 LBS
    06-07 League: USHS
    06-07 Team: Westminster
    Stats: 25 GP 8 G 12 A 20 PTS
    Strengths: Effortless skating stride, silky smooth looking, great vision and anticipation, has a high panic threshold when being pressed by opposition forwards, great point shot, good potential size, and good positioning when taking care of his defensive duties. Cross was almost eligible for the ’08 draft, being so young he should have been a year behind his peers in his development, and he is not.
    Weakness: Needs to add muscle to his slender frame, skating is already effortless looking but if he has stronger legs he would improve on an already strong asset. It is easy to look great when your opposition is on the lower end of the spectrum, we will see his true potential when he jumps to Boston College. Has no physical dimension to his game.
    NHL Potential: Top six, offensive defender who can play both ways.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Medium Risk, this swift skater is raw but has a lot of potential.
    Extra Note: Cross was recruited by the U.S. National Development Program but decided on Westminster prep on his way to the NCAA. I have not seen Cross live however I have heard and seen detailed reports from a fellow NHL draft fanatic with all the above that I have written.

    50. Keven Veilleux

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: June 27, 1989
    Height: 6’-4.75â€
    Weight: 202 LBS
    06-07 League: QMJHL
    06-07 Team: Victoriaville
    Stats: 70 GP 20 G 35 A 55 PTS
    Strengths: He is one of the biggest forwards available and without question the most skilled out of all big men this June. He has played games where he absolutely dominates both offensively and physically. His skating is just average but he is hard to stop and hard to fight off in the corners for defenders. He has a nice shot and can get it off quickly. He has good vision and doesn’t mind driving the net hard on some occasions. His potential is mind boggling.
    Weakness: His biggest weakness is that he doesn’t play with a physical edge consistent enough to be considered a top prospect right now. While he can be dominant some nights, other nights he plays like he is 5’10†and has no heart. His acceleration is below average and he needs to add weight to his tall frame. His two way game is non existent as he rarely plays in his own end. Plays too many games without drive or determination.
    NHL Potential: Top 6 scoring Power forward winger.
    Boom or Bust Potential: High risk, high reward. He could be one of the drafts biggest steals or just another big bust. I’m 50/50 right now, on him but he does possess great potential.
    Extra Note: Was selected to play in the Top prospects game, Canada-Russia challenge as well as the U18 in Finland until he blew out his shoulder. He has a great showing at the Top Prospects game registering 1 G 1A.

    51. Josh Kidd

    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: November 16, 1988
    Height: 6’-4.5â€
    Weight: 220 LBS
    06-07 League: OHL
    06-07 Team: Erie
    Stats: 64 GP 9 G 18 A 27 PTS
    Strengths: He is a big boy with good mobility for his size and can read the play rather well. He doesn’t possess much flash but he is effective and very dependable and makes a good first pass out of his zone. He doesn’t mind driving an opponent through the boards and can drop the gloves if needed as well. He also has good defensive instincts and a booming cannon on the point. He is what he is which is very dependable.
    Weakness: His skating is one area he could improve over the summer. Josh will never be an offensive type of defender as he just doesn’t have that upside. Not ever going to be the gem of any teams prospect pool. While he does have aspirations to emulate Chris Pronger, his ceiling is pretty much set and I could not see him adding too much more than what he already has in skill set.
    NHL Potential: Top six stable defensive physical defender.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Medium risk, medium reward. This kid, no pun intended, has the potential to be a great rock defensive type on some NHL team’s defense for years. Definitely worth an early pick in my books.
    Extra Note: After a few years of stay at home defensive play, Kidd added an offensive element to his game this season to compliment his defensive stability.

    52. Akim Aliu

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: April 24, 1989
    Height: 6’-2â€
    Weight: 200 LBS
    06-07 League: OHL
    06-07 Team: Sudbury
    Stats: 53 GP 20 G 22 A 42 PTS
    Strengths: He has a great powerful skating stride and an absolute bull in a china shop approach to playing an absolute dominating physical brand of hockey. He has a great shot that he can get off in a hurry and with a defender draped all over him and he is fearless. He is very strong and can handle himself against everyone the OHL has to throw at him. Not scared to drop the gloves and I believe he likes to do so. His offensive potential is just starting to be tapped after surviving a turbulent first two OHL season. This native of Nigeria won the fastest skater contest at the CHL Top Prospects game skills contest.
    Weakness: His biggest downfall or weakness is that he is one small hair away from a complete train wreck. I could see him pulling a Marty McSorley/Todd Bertuzzi/Chris Simon on someone and that will cause some teams discomfort with the thought of selecting him. If not for that he would be a sure top 10 pick.
    NHL Potential: Top 6 scoring power forward.
    Boom or Bust Potential: High risk, medium reward. He could be an extremely dominant physical PF with some scoring potential.
    Extra Note: After being caught up in a hazing incident in Windsor as a rookie standing up for himself and then fighting teammate Steve Downie regarding said hazing incident he has had some sort of therapy to remedy that anger but was then sent home by Sudbury as he was again causing team issues and disrupting the team. I do feel bad for him and believe that some team will take a chance on him early.

    53. Linden Rowat

    Position: Goalie
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: June 27, 1989
    Height: 6’-1â€
    Weight: 177 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Regina
    Stats: 52 GP 2.87 GAA .897 SP
    Strengths: Linden is a positional sound Butterfly style goalie who brings a nice mix of size and athleticism to the Regina net. He can handle the pressure in big game situations. He has a good glove and blocker combo and plays his angles really well. Despite playing a style where he tends to cover a lot of the lower part of the net, Linden manages to stay up and force the shooters hand. Not afraid to put in the work needed to improve.
    Weakness: Foot work could use some re-training as he tends to fight himself in the net some times. He needs to work on his poke check as at time this year he has tried to use it but telegraphs it before hand to the shooter. Needs to add weight to his thin body and add strength to his legs as he is still pretty weak. He has been caught cheating off the shooter, expecting a pass, and giving up goals that should have been stopped.
    NHL Potential: Solid backup with stating potential.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Medium risk, medium reward. I have seen him play some solid games this year, but not too flashy and has not stole any of those games.
    Extra Note: Linden should get lots of action playing for Regina as their starter for the next two years.

    54. Maxime Gratchev

    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: September 26, 1988
    Height: 5’-10.5â€
    Weight: 196 LBS
    06-07 League: QMJHL
    06-07 Team: Rimouski
    Stats: 70 GP 35 G 42 A 77 PTS
    Strengths: Despite having good offensive skills, he possesses a very complete game for such a young prospect. You don’t usually find that in offensively skilled youngsters. Gratchev has a nice shot that is pin point accurate and can also set up teammates with nice playmaking abilities and on ice vision. His skating is good as he gets to where he needs to go.
    Weakness: Maxime can be neutralized when going up against physical players and turns invisible for stretches in games where he needs to battle through the checks. Conditioning is an area he could improve as he is a little chunky and looks tired in game #2 of back to back games. Not too many other areas to drastically improve but does have limited upside.
    NHL Potential: Top 9 scoring forward.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Medium risk, low reward. I like his game but I don’t see him being a high impact forward at the next level. I think he would fit the depth role rather well.
    Extra Note: Max played in the Home Hardware CHL Top Prospects game registering a Goal for team Bowman/Demers.

    55. Antoine Lafleur

    Position: Goalie
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: December 12, 1988
    Height: 6’-4.25â€
    Weight: 186 LBS
    06-07 League: QMJHL
    06-07 Team: PEI
    Stats: 49 GP 2.97 GAA .909 SP
    Strengths: He is big at 6’-4†and that alone allows him to cover a lot of high net as he is playing his Butterfly style. He is not however a traditional butterfly style goalie as he mixes some standup technique into his own style. Antoine is a hard working driven individual who sets goals for himself. Consistency is one of his main strengths as he seems to make all the saves he should and then a few that looked to be impossible. He is very positionally sound and has a calm demeanor. He also doesn’t let a goal rattle him.
    Weakness: His glove is not his strongest point and the could use work on his reflex reaction on both his glove and blocker as he may have become used to letting the puck hit him and not actually making the save. His lateral mobility is another area he needs to focus on improving. He needs to work on his foot work.
    NHL Potential: No. 1 NHL Goalie.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med Risk, High Reward. Lafleur has all the tools to be a legit No. 1 NHL netminder.
    Extra Note: Antoine already has his stick in the Hockey Hall of Fame as he scored a goal back in 2005 off a bad pass from a Halifax defender that found its way into the Halifax goal on a delayed penalty call.

    56. T.J. Galiardi

    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: March 22, 1988
    Height: 6’-2â€
    Weight: 172 LBS
    06-07 League: ECAC
    06-07 Team: Dartmouth
    Stats: 29 GP 11 G 13 A 24 PTS
    Strengths: He possesses a beautiful, fluid skating stride and has that extra gear that you hear about. His on ice vision and soft hands along with his drive and scoring abilities make him a very intriguing prospect. His long reach enables him to be effective along the boards and in his defensive duties. T.J. has been able to combine his playmaking abilities with his creativeness and a north south game to be very successful in his rookie season at Dartmouth. He thinks the game real well.
    Weakness: He needs to add strength to both his legs and his upper body. He needs to get a quicker foot speed which will help his acceleration. He should focus some on defensive play and being more aggressive to add to his game and make him more of a complete player as he can be very one dimensional in his first NCAA season.
    NHL Potential: Top 9 two way forward.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med Risk, Med Reward. T.J. much like Jim O’Brien is a great skating prospect with a big body, I think Galiardi has more scoring potential but also more risk of just being a good scoring minor league when all is said and done.
    Extra Note: T.J. was passed over at least 210 times during the entire 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Now he is a top 60 prospect for 2007. That just goes to show you that scouting is an inexact science.

    57. Eric Doyle

    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: April 5, 1989
    Height: 6’-2.5â€
    Weight: 180 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Swift Current
    Stats: 58 GP 8 G 21 A 29 PTS
    Strengths: Doyle is a smooth skating defender with good puck skills and a decent point shot. He has the ability to be a good puck rusher and quarterback a team’s power play. His size is also another strong area for him and he should be getting bigger. He see the ice well and has a good outlet pass. He is far from a liability in his own end. Can look like he panics at times instead of staying calm, but they are few and far between.
    Weakness: He has limited offensive potential so he better work on his defensive play to make him a two way threat. I would like to see him add at least 20 pounds the next two summers as he gets overpowered by physical wingers at times.
    NHL Potential: Top 6 two way defender.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Medium risk, medium reward. His potential is cloudy to me but I would use a late second or early third rounder on him just because of the potential. Seemed to be better at the start of the season.
    Extra Note: I was rather disappointed with his showing at the U-18 championships in Finland this past April. I expected him to show his good skating ability but just looked lost on most outings.

    58. Casey Pierro-Zabotel

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: November 8, 1988
    Height: 6’-1â€
    Weight: 205 LBS
    06-07 League: BCHL
    06-07 Team: Merritt
    Stats: 55 GP 51 G 65 A 116 PTS
    Strengths: Has good size to go along with nice offensive instincts and skill. He is similar to Brett Hull when he would be invisible and then appear with a great scoring chance, which he usually finishes, 10’ in front of the net. He has a nose for the net and is not afraid to take a beating to get to those scoring zones. He doesn’t have the same tin point accuracy as Hull. He is very hard to knock off the puck. Nice offensive package.
    Weakness: His skating is under rated as some think it is terrible but if you see him enough you realize he skates around with a half stride until he need to pour it on, even then, skating is a weaker area of his game that needs attention. Not the strongest upper body and could use improvement. Defensive side of the puck is a very inconsistent area as one shift he will back check effectively and the next he looks lost or floats.
    NHL Potential: Top 6 skilled forward.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med/High risk, med/high reward. He could be another of those very good offensive pro’s, question is if it will be in the minors or at the NHL level.
    Extra Note: Pierro-Zabotel won the honor of Most Valuable Player in the Interior Conference of the BCHL. He will attend Michigan Tech in the fall.

    59. Vladimir Ruzicka

    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: February 17, 1989
    Height: 6’-1â€
    Weight: 196 LBS
    06-07 League: Czech Republic
    06-07 Team: Slavia
    Stats: 37 GP 24 G 34 A 58 PTS
    Strengths: Vladimir has all the tools needed to be the next NHL star. His skating is good both speed wise and stride. He has nice acceleration and foot speed is good. Playmaking is above average and his on ice vision is outstanding. Can dangle with the puck at any of his speeds. Possesses a high panic threashold and plays an overall smart game. Has a nice hard and accurate shot.
    Weakness: The problem and it is a real big one with this increadible package is he has a bad attitude and can be very lazy. Vladimir can play a dominating game…when HE wants too. Does not take coaching well unless it is to butter up his ego. Hopefully with age and maturity he can overcome this hurdle. Consistency as well as conditioning are the only other issues.
    NHL Potential: Top six playmaking center.
    Boom or Bust Potential: High risk, high reward. With Ruzicka’s lack of determination, there is no guarantee he will pan out. If he can put it all together, then some lucky team will have a draft day steal with this pick.
    Extra Note: Son of former NHL’er.

    60. Mark Owuya
    Position: Goalie
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: July 18, 1989
    Height: 6’-2â€
    Weight: 192 LBS
    06-07 League: Sweden Jr.
    06-07 Team: Djurgarden Jr.
    Stats: 12 GP 1.83 GAA .918 SP
    Strengths: Plays a butterfly style, his positioning is usually strong as well as his lateral movement. Very athletic and he never seems to be out of the play. Plays low and can do so because his size still covers a lot of high net. Strong glove hand and controls rebounds well. Very good attitude and flamboyant personality. He quickly gains focus after a goal and nothing seems to shake his confidence. Mentally tough. Large frame and still growing. Very flexible and kind of Hasek-ish in style.
    Weakness: Fine line between confidence and arrogance and sometimes Mark walks that line. Conditioning needs to be an area he takes more serious as he can get worn down late in games. He needs to work on his angles as he looses his net on occasion and can cause unneeded drama because of it.
    NHL Potential: Good backup and potential starting goalie.
    Boom or Bust Potential: Med/High risk, medium reward. I believe that when a youngster gets built up too early that his young ego may not be able to take failure.
    Extra Note: Became a national figure in Sweden when he appeared as on the television singing talent show called Idol-TV.
     
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    61. Ruslan Bashkirov
    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: March 7, 1989
    Height: 5’-11â€
    Weight: 186 LBS
    06-07 League: QMJHL
    06-07 Team: Quebec
    Quick Notes: Ruslan has some nice skills to go along with a good drive to succeed. He needs work on his skating as well as improve his conditioning, but that will come. He does have loads of skill both as a finisher and as a playmaker but his skating needs work. His size is a minor issue. Ruslan potted two goals while taking part in the CHL Top Prospects game.

    62. Taylor Ellington
    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: February 20, 1989
    Height: 6’-0.25â€
    Weight: 200 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Everett
    Quick Notes: Taylor’s games is a pretty simple game, as he plays a defensive brand with a physical element and strong skating ability. What you see ids what you get with Ellington. He will never be a big point producer but he is a safe bet to play pro hockey and be consistent doing so.

    63. Juraj Valach
    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: February 1, 1989
    Height: 6’-6â€
    Weight: 216 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Tri-City
    Quick Notes: Juraj is a hug defender at 6’6†with nice offensive skills and an absolute enormous reach which he uses well in his own zone. He possesses a devastatingly hard point shot that is surprisingly pretty accurate. He makes a good first pass and has good vision for finding the open man. He needs to play a little more physical and fully utilize his size. Skating is just a notch below average.

    64. Jesse Jyrkkio
    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: June 29, 1989
    Height: 6’-1â€
    Weight: 180 LBS
    06-07 League: Finland Jr.
    06-07 Team: Assat Jr.
    Quick Notes: A smooth skating offensive defender who can also play a strong positional defensive game. Smart player who uses his gifts wisely and doesn’t try to do too much.

    65. Mike Hoeffel
    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: April 9, 1989
    Height: 6’-2â€
    Weight: 186 LBS
    06-07 League: United States Development Program
    06-07 Team: U.S. National U-18
    Quick Notes: This kid has great wheels and makes skating look effortless. He has good size and can play a gritty game but he lacks hockey sense and enough skills to be more than a potential solid penalty killer and checker at NHL next level.

    66. Denis Reul
    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: June 29, 1989
    Height: 6’-4â€
    Weight: 214 LBS
    06-07 League: German 3
    06-07 Team: Heilbronn
    Quick Notes: A nice sized physically aggressive defender with some offensive abilities. Denis is mobile but by no means is he a burner. He has good vision and also possesses a hard point shot. His strength is his defensive play because of his hard work and aggressiveness.

    67. Michael Biega
    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: May 28, 1989
    Height: 5’-11.5â€
    Weight: 180 LBS
    06-07 League: USHS
    06-07 Team: Salisbury
    Quick Notes: Michael possesses great speed and acceleration as he gets to top gear within a couple strides. He has slick moves and a nice shot to go along with a good work ethic and great smarts. His hockey sense is off the charts and he sees the ice so well. Not sure why he is rated so low by most of the scouting services.

    68. Luca Cunti
    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: July 4, 1989
    Height: 6’-0â€
    Weight: 190 LBS
    06-07 League: Swiss 3
    06-07 Team: Dubendorf
    Quick Notes: A great skating offensive wizard. He has loads of speed to burn as well as great acceleration to go with his awesome offensive talent. He displays smarts and a good attitude. Makes the pretty plays but doesn’t play an overall game and can get knocked off his game with physical play. Will he want to come to North America?

    69. Egor Averin
    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: August 25, 1989
    Height: 5’-11â€
    Weight: 172 LBS
    06-07 League: Russia
    06-07 Team: Omsk
    Quick Notes: This gifted playmaking Russian winger possesses great speed with nice hands and good hockey sense. He has some leadership qualities and is able to make plays that seem not to be there. Very balanced on his skates, protects the puck well and controls it at high speeds, good puckhandler. He, like a lot of other European wingers this year, is on the small and underdeveloped side and that may be to his detriment.

    70. Maxime Tanguay
    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: November 16, 1988
    Height: 5’-11.25â€
    Weight: 175 LBS
    06-07 League: QMJHL
    06-07 Team: Rimouski
    Quick Notes: The brother of NHL star Alex of the Calgary Flames, Maxime, possesses nice offensive skills but is very inconsistent with his play. His vision and hockey sense are superb. He needs to work on his consistency and add some muscle to his thin frame. He can finish but like his brother his best offensive asset is his playmaking ability.

    71. Joel Gistedt
    Position: Goalie
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: December 7, 1987
    Height: 5’-11â€
    Weight: 174 LBS
    06-07 League: Sweden
    06-07 Team: Frolunda
    Quick Notes: Has a very good glove hand and quickness to go along with his sound postioning and athletic ability. His footwork is a strong point and his lateral mobility is also very strong. Joel is a hard worker and it shows in his game preparation.

    72. Jens Hellgren
    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: March 6, 1989
    Height: 6’-3â€
    Weight: 192 LBS
    06-07 League: Sweden Jr.
    06-07 Team: Frolunda Jr.
    Quick Notes: He is a very good skater with excellent overall mobility. Smart and has good hockey sense as well as a good first pass. Moves the puck well, works hard and competes, makes good decisions. Needs to add some weight and strength to be more effective physically. Good two-way defender.

    73. Drayson Bowman
    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: March 8, 1989
    Height: 6’-0.25â€
    Weight: 181 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Spokane
    Quick Notes: Drayson has a gift for scoring goals. Couple that with his excellent skating and good hockey sense and he is a very promising prospect. The knock on him is that he gives up too easily a lot of the time and is inconsistent with regards to his effort level trying to get by on skill alone instead of hard work.

    74. Niklas Lucenius
    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: May 3, 1989
    Height: 6’-0â€
    Weight: 189 LBS
    06-07 League: Finland
    06-07 Team: Tappara
    Quick Notes: Below average skating center but is highly skilled with the puck. Needs to improve foot speed and lengthen his overall stride. Very smart and sees the ice well, a gifted playmaker. Above average wrist shot and good at winning faceoffs. Nice work ethic and determination. Needs strength and improved skating.

    75. Evgeni Dadonov
    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: March 12, 1989
    Height: 5’-10â€
    Weight: 178 LBS
    06-07 League: Russia
    06-07 Team: Tractor Chelyabinsk
    Quick Notes: A very quick, fast agile skater with tons of slick moves. Can handle the puck at high speed and also see the ice while going 100 MPH. He is a competitor and has a good work ethic. Sees the ice well and makes a good pass. Shot is quick and accurate, creates a lot with his speed.

    76. Maxim Goncharov
    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: June 15, 1989
    Height: 6’-0â€
    Weight: 176 LBS
    06-07 League: Russia 3
    06-07 Team: CSKA 2
    Quick Notes: Max is a hard working defender that does it all. He is always will and able to give it his all, joins the offensive rush and has nice passing skills to go along with a nice hard point shot. He is aggressive, physical and intense willing to play the body. His defensive positioning is also good.

    77. Kent Patterson
    Position: Goalie
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: September 15, 1989
    Height: 6’-0.5â€
    Weight: 184 LBS
    06-07 League: USHL
    06-07 Team: Cedar Rapids
    Quick Notes: This quick agile goalie plays low in the net and forces the shooter to make the perfect shot to score. His positioning is flawless and he is full of potential. Kent is very young still and will only get better with more seasoning. His glove hand is great and he is extremely quick. The big goalie needs to work on staying focused for a full 60 minutes but that will come with maturity in knowing the position he plays.

    78. Sergei Korostin
    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: July 5, 1989
    Height: 5’-11â€
    Weight: 180 LBS
    06-07 League: Russia
    06-07 Team: Dynamo
    Quick Notes: Very fast, explosive skater with great hands and good puck control. Like a water bug he is all over the ice. Possesses a nice shot that he gets off in a hurry. Competes hard and has good hockey sense. Hard to contain in one on one situations for defenders. Should use linemates more effectively instead of settling for too many low percentage shots himself.

    79. Alex Grant
    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: January 20, 1989
    Height: 6’-2â€
    Weight: 185 LBS
    06-07 League: QMJHL
    06-07 Team: Saint John
    Quick Notes: Alex is an offensive minded defenseman who moves the puck well and likes to join the rush. His skating is just average but he is really focusing on first step quickness and simplifying his game. He has made bad reads at times on the ice but seems to be getting better as the season ended.

    80. Marek Benda
    Position: Goalie
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: May 21, 1989
    Height: 5’-11â€
    Weight: 169 LBS
    06-07 League: Czech Republic Jr.
    06-07 Team: Karlovy Vary Jr.
    Quick Notes: Marek is a reflex goalie who plays a positional sound Butterfly style. Has good lateral mobility and can get across in a hurry. Competes well and has good focus. Strong glove hand and quick legs round him out nicely. Needs to add strength and maybe challenge shooters more consistently.

    81. Olivier Fortier
    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: May 2, 1989
    Height: 5’-11.5â€
    Weight: 168 LBS
    06-07 League: QMJHL
    06-07 Team: Rimouski
    Quick Notes: He plays a very high energy two way game and does so very effectively. Can be overpowered along the boards but once he adds muscle that won’t be an issue. His skating and work ethic are both very good as well as his hockey sense and determination. He may not translate into an offensive force at the next level but should be a solid penalty killer and hard forchecking defensive forward.

    82. Nick Larson
    Position: Center
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: January 16, 1989
    Height: 6’-0.5â€
    Weight: 175 LBS
    06-07 League: USHL
    06-07 Team: Omaha
    Quick Notes: Nick is a potential offensive power forward in the making as he possesses all the raw abilities to make this happen. His skating and acceleration are very good and he has a very hard and quick shot. Larson plays bigger than his six foot and one half inch suggest. He could use some weight behind that play as well as developing a mean streak. He has good hands and work hard.

    83. David Stich
    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: April 15, 1989
    Height: 6’-2â€
    Weight: 205 LBS
    06-07 League: QMJHL
    06-07 Team: Saint John
    Quick Notes: David is a very complete defender with all kinds of talent. While he didn’t put up big numbers offensively he did manage to play a very good defensive game and scouts took note. He is skates well and has tremendous offensive skills to go along with his hard work in the defensive zone.

    84. Aaron Palushaj
    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: September 7, 1989
    Height: 5’-11â€
    Weight: 187 LBS
    06-07 League: USHL
    06-07 Team: Des Moines
    Quick Notes: He is a goal scorer with great finishing skill. He protests the puck well and has a pro release on his shot. Great balance and a real nose for the net, he always seems to be in the right place to get at loose pucks. Very good vision and hockey sense as well as playmaking skills as he can pass tape to tape while being heavily defender. Consistency, just average skating ability and his attention to detail defensively are areas needing work.

    85. Niklas Torp
    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: April 10, 1989
    Height: 5’-11â€
    Weight: 196 LBS
    06-07 League: Sweden Jr.
    06-07 Team: HV 71 Jr.
    Quick Notes: A fine skating two way defender who plays best when he keeps it simple. He loves to through the open ice hits but because of his lack of size can be injury prone. Supports his partner well and likes to join the offensive rush. Works extremely hard and plays aggressive. Has good hockey sense and defensive awareness, as well as a strong point shot.

    86. Nikolai Lukyanchikov
    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: May 23, 1989
    Height: 5’-11â€
    Weight: 183 LBS
    06-07 League: Russia 2
    06-07 Team: Stupino
    Quick Notes: A very strong, balanced skating offensive defender. He can handle the puck well and has good offensive sense. Likes to shoot the puck and has a hard accurate point shot but also can pass with nice vision. Not overly physical but he does work hard and is very competitive. He will take a hit to make a play.

    87. Riley Nash
    Position: Center
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: May 9, 1989
    Height: 6’-0.75â€
    Weight: 175 LBS
    06-07 League: BCHL
    06-07 Team: Salmon Arm
    Quick Notes: Riley plays a very well rounder game with being an accomplished playmaker possesses nice on ice vision as well as being able to finish with a good accurate shot. His game is not limited to the offensive zone as he plays well in all three. Plays a high energy, high skill game coupled with hard work and is very successful with that formula. It will be interesting to see if he dominates at the next level.

    88. Joseph Lavin
    Position: Defender
    Shoots: Left
    Date of Birth: July 17, 1989
    Height: 6’-2â€
    Weight: 195 LBS
    06-07 League: United States Development Program
    06-07 Team: U.S. National U-18
    Quick Notes: The Providence College recruit is a real strong skater who uses his large athletic frame to gain strong position on his opponents. Not sure if he will develop much of an offensive game but he does well at playing a safe defensive physical game. He has an effective point shot and can thread a fine first pass.

    89. Michal Repik
    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: December 31, 1988
    Height: 5’-10.25â€
    Weight: 180 LBS
    06-07 League: WHL
    06-07 Team: Vancouver
    Quick Notes: Michal possesses great offensive flair and loads of skill. He has great hands and can dangle with the best in this draft. His skating is good but one area he needs to work on is to bring up his determination and commit to a complete game. Repik has all of the required tools, question is if he will put it all together as he gains maturity.

    90. Dale Mitchell
    Position: Winger
    Shoots: Right
    Date of Birth: April 9, 1989
    Height: 5’-8.75â€
    Weight: 207 LBS
    06-07 League: OHL
    06-07 Team: Oshawa
    Quick Notes: Dale has a lot of speed and is a good skater. He has a great shot as his 43 goals can attest to. What is a real testament to his goal scoring prowess is that he scored those goals playing second line minutes all season and second PP time. He has conditioning issues but he is also naturally a bulky fellow. He is a fearless warrior who possesses great hands.

    Sleepers and Potential Late Round Gems.


    Craig Smith, C, Waterloo (USHL)
    A highly underrated prospect who has a very complete skill set for being so young (he will still be 17 for 2-1/2 months after the entry draft takes place). Possesses a long, powerful skating stride and loads of determination. Craig has great vision and is a game breaking playmaker. Not afraid to go to high traffic areas, Smith also has a valuable gritty aspect to his game. His work ethic is top notch. He has been hidden from scouts this year because he was not highly touted coming into 06-07 and didn’t put up the big numbers like some others did, but the skill is there and he is very young.

    Alex Grant, D, Saint John (QMJHL)
    Alex was a highly rated prospect for the 2007 NHL draft back before and during his rookie year with the Sea Dogs but his ranking has slipped for various reasons. I still think that with the proper coaching Alex can be very good offensive defenseman prospect with nice size and a physical edge to his game. Alex has been working on his skating and already possesses a nice offensive package, it is his defensive game that draws the questions. If Grant can keep it simple in his own zone and not try to do too much, plus work on defensive positioning and knowing when it is safe to pinch, he could be a mid round steal.

    Jesse Jyrkkio, D, Assat Jr. (Finland Jr.)
    Jesse is a very good offensive defender, but that is not all he has to offer as his defensive positioning is also strong. A quick stick helps him play a two way game. Skating is an asset and looks super smooth on the ice. A very heady player rarely makes a bad read and has a very nice first pass. Good vision and hockey sense. Very consistent at a young age and supports his defensive partner very well.

    Alexander Vasiliev, LW, Dynamo Moscow 2 (Russia-3)
    He possesses great speed and acceleration as he fly’s down the wing. Great set of hands and has a nice wrist shot which he can get off quickly and effectively. Very slick and slippery, hard to get a track on for a defender. Hard working and always ready to compete, he is a pure offensive force with a nose for the net. Not able to play physical but that doesn’t stop him from going to the net. The only issue that would keep him out of the NHL is if he can’t overcome his physical disadvantage that he will face.

    Fredrik Andersson, W, Sodertalje (Sweden-2)
    This Power Forward type winger possesses a strong skating stride and good overall mobility. Fredrik likes to shoot the puck a lot and has a good quick accurate shot to use. He has a good team first attitude and is a hard worker. The offensive minded forward drives hard to the net and also wins most of the board battles he’s in. The skilled swede never takes a night off and leads by example. He is smart and has decent hockey sense. I am not really sure why he has not risen in the other rankings as he plays a nice game.

    Cade Fairchild, D, U.S. National U-18
    Has a good well rounded game but is most useful as a PP quarterback and mobile puck rusher. The 5’-10†185 pound Duluth Minnesota native is a very determined, hard working prospect who doesn’t get the credit he deserves by the big scouting firms. If he was only 3 inches taller and 20 LBS heavier would be a potential top 60 pick. His vision and passing skills are very good. Cade has committed to the University of Minnesota

    Justin Vaive, RW, U.S. National U-18
    Justin has great bloodlines as his father Rick was a scoring power forward in the NHL for 13 years. Justin has more grit and jam than the elder Vaive did and his hands are coming along as well. The biggest knocks on Justin are his slow feet and that his hands are not great but I think he will improve his skating over the next couple of seasons and as long as you don’t expect another Rick Vaive to be developed then you could have a decent third/fourth line checker on your hands after a few years at Miami University, worth a late round selection in my opinion.

    Ryan Hayes, RW, U.S. National U-18
    Ryan is a goal scorer who despite his size is fearless. His skating is average and his defensive prowess is severely lacking but Ryan has cored goals by the bushels at every level he has played. Ryan has a lot of determination and is willing to do whatever it takes to win. He also can be a bit of a stark plug when he gets into the game. He is the type of prospect that you need to draft, then leave alone to develop and see what you get in four years. Ryan has committed to Boston College. I think he is worth a late round pick

    Juraj Mikus, D, Trencin (Slovakia)
    His skating is just average but he is working on it and only going to get better. This very creative defender moves the puck well with nice passing skills or rushing it out himself. Has a good point shot but is best at flowing passes through him to other shooting outlets. His defensive play needs work as his positioning is weak and he doesn’t engage forwards nearly enough. His strength is his vision and creativity.




    A First Round Mock Draft…


    1). Chicago Blackhawks
    #1 Team Need – Scoring Forward.
    Secondary Need – Goaltending
    Top 5 Prospects:
    C Jonathan Toews (WCHA)
    D Cam Barker (AHL)
    RW Michael Blunden (AHL)
    RW Jack Skille (WCHA)
    C David Bolland (AHL)
    Notes: This team has a young defense already in the NHL and a few prospects not too far away. Look for them to pick forwards with skill and maybe some goaltending in this draft.
    Who I think Chicago will pick: RW Pat Kane, London, (OHL)


    2). Philadelphia Flyers
    #1 Team Need – Offensive Defender
    Secondary Need – Scoring Forward.
    Top 5 Prospects:
    RW Steve Downie (OHL)
    D Ryan Parent (OHL)
    RW Claude Giroux (QMJHL)
    C Ryan Potulny (AHL)
    RW Andreas Nodl (WCHA)
    Notes: Philly has a lot of good young forwards coming up through the ranks and goaltending is not an issue with two young netminders at the NHL level. They have some stay at home defenders coming up with Parent and Coburn already there so locally they could use some offensive defensive prospects.
    Who I think Philadelphia will pick: LW James vanRiemsdyk, under 18, (USNDP)


    3). Phoenix Coyotes
    #1 Team Need – Scoring Forward
    Secondary Need – Offensive Defender
    Top 5 Prospects:
    C Peter Mueller (WHL)
    C Martin Hanzal (WHL)
    D Keith Yandle (AHL)
    RW Enver Lisin (Russia)
    RW Blake Wheeler (WCHA)
    Notes: Phoenix has some nice offensive talent coming but the cupboard is very bare with regards to blue chip prospects in all areas. They have some young goaltending and locked up some defenders on the big club for long term, they need to look at more scoring forwards and defensive depth.
    Who I think Phoenix will pick: C Kyle Turris, Burnaby, (BCHL)


    4). Los Angeles Kings
    #1 Team Need – Offensive Defender
    Secondary Need – Scoring Forward
    Top 5 Prospects:
    D Jack Johnson (CCHA)
    G Jonathan Bernier (QMJHL)
    C Patrick O’Sullivan (AHL)
    C Trevor Lewis (OHL)
    C Brian Boyle (HE)
    Notes: LA has some nice young NHL talent in the forward ranks and they have a potential No. 1 netminder in Bernier. They need to draft some defensive prospects to compliment their depth up from.
    Who I think Chicago will pick: RW Alexei Cherepanov, Avangard Omsk, (Rus.)

    5). Washington Capitals
    #1 Team Need – Scoring Forward
    Secondary Need – Defensive Depth
    Top 5 Prospects:
    C Nicklas Backstrom (Sweden)
    RW Eric Fehr (AHL)
    LW Tomas Fleischmann (AHL)
    G Simeon Varlamov (Russia)
    C Francois Bouchard (QMJHL)
    Notes: Washington has a lot of quality defensive prospects along with some good young NHL defenders already on the roster. Their goaltending is going to be changed over with Varlamov and Neuvirth waiting in the wings. I would think they build more forward depth in their prospect pool.
    Who I think Washington will pick: RW Jakub Voracek, Halifax, (QMJHL)



    6). Edmonton Oilers
    #1 Team Need –Offensive Defender
    Secondary Need – Physical Defender
    Top 5 Prospects:
    C Rob Schremp (AHL)
    C Andrew Cogliano (CCHA)
    C Ryan O’Marra (OHL)
    LW Robert Nilsson (AHL)
    D Denis Grebeshkov (Russia)
    Notes: Edmonton has a plethora of skilled forwards in their talent pipeline and a couple good goaltending prospects to develop as well. I expect Edmonton to go after some defensive prospects as well as a few skilled forwards.
    Who I think Edmonton will pick: D Keaton Ellerby, Kamloops, (WHL)


    7). Columbus Blue Jackets
    #1 Team Need –Scoring Forward
    Secondary Need – Offensive Defender
    Top 5 Prospects:
    C Derick Brassard (QMJHL)
    D Kris Russell (WHL)
    LW Alexandre Picard (AHL)
    RW Adam Pineault (AHL)
    G Steve Mason (OHL)
    Notes: It is time for Columbus to step up and yield more than in previous years drafts have given them. They have a lot of holes to fill in the prospect pool and need everything but more goaltending depth. I expect them to take the BPA with each pick.
    Who I think Columbus will pick: C Sam Gagner, London, (OHL)


    8). Boston Bruins
    #1 Team Need – Scoring Forward
    Secondary Need – Forward Depth
    Top 5 Prospects:
    G Tuukka Rask (Finland)
    G Hannu Toivonen (AHL)
    D Matt Lashoff (AHL)
    D Mark Stuart (AHL)
    C David Krejci (AHL)
    Notes: Boston has built a nice collection of talented prospects of which they can draw from. They have two blue chip goalie prospects as well as solid prospects in both skilled forwards and defense, coupled with a younger NHL roster and I see them going with more skill forwards to bolster their cupboard.
    Who I think Boston will pick: C Angelo Esposito, Quebec, (QMJHL)


    9). St. Louis Blues
    #1 Team Need – Offensive Defender
    Secondary Need – Scoring Forwards
    Top 5 Prospects:
    D Eric Johnson (WCHA)
    G Marek Schwarz (AHL)
    C T.J. Oshie (WCHA)
    C Patrick Berglund (Sweden)
    D Scott Jackson (WHL)
    Notes: The Blues have some nice prospects of every position but they are relatively shallow as well. They could use some depth at both skilled forward and defenders. I expect them to go after a skilled forward with their first pick in round number one and probably one of the many offensive defenders with their second.
    Who I think St. Louis will pick: C Logan Couture, Ottawa, (OHL)

    10). Florida Panthers
    #1 Team Need – Defensive Depth
    Secondary Need – Goaltending
    Top 5 Prospects:
    C Michael Frolik (QMJHL)
    D Noah Welch (AHL)
    LW Kenndal McArdle (WHL)
    RW Anthony Stewart (AHL)
    G Tyler Plante (WHL)
    Notes: While they have nice young talent at both skilled forward and promising defenders they can not say the same for the organizations goaltending. They do have some good prospects at that position as well as the forward ranks but could use some defensive depth. I think Florida takes a defensive prospect with their first pick and probably a skill forward or one of the smaller offensive defenders with it’s second pick.
    Who I think Florida will pick: D Karl Alzner, Calgary, (WHL)


    11). Carolina Huricanes
    #1 Team Need – Offensive Defender
    Secondary Need – Scoring Forward
    Top 5 Prospects:
    RW Harrison Reed (OHL)
    D Jamie McBain (WCHA)
    G Justin Peters (AHL)
    C Bobby Hughes (OHL)
    D Brett Carson (AHL)
    Notes: Carolina has some young NHL talent from previous drafts already playing in the big show and some depth forwards on the way. Their goaltending is pretty secure with Ward playing starting minutes now and a few decent prospects in the pipeline. I think the Canes will be looking to add some strong defensive prospects as well as a few skilled forwards to their organization.
    Who I think Carolina will pick: C Zach Hamill, Everett, (WHL)



    12). Montreal Canadians
    #1 Team Need – Physical Defender
    Secondary Need – Offensive Defender
    Top 5 Prospects:
    G Carey Price (WHL)
    C Mikhail Grabovsky (AHL)
    C Ben Maxwell (WHL)
    RW Andrei Kostitsyn (AHL)
    D David Fischer (WCHA)
    Notes: They have some nice forward prospects as well as some nice young NHL talent on the roster. They have a blue chip goalie prospect in Price as well as a solid contender in Halak so that position is rich as well. I would think Montreal would be looking to add defensive prospects by the bushel full in the 2007 and 2008 drafts.
    Who I think Montreal will pick: D Kevin Shattenkirk, under 18, (USNDP)


    13). Toronto Maple Leafs
    #1 Team Need – Scoring Forward
    Secondary Need – Offensive Defender
    Top 5 Prospects:
    G Justin Pogge (AHL)
    LW Jiri Tlusty (AHL)
    LW Nikolai Kulemin (Russia)
    RW Jeremy Williams (AHL)
    LW Robbie Earl (AHL)
    Notes: Toronto has a very weak prospect pool that can be attributed to years of deadline deals, trading picks for established NHL players. They do have limited depth at the Goaltending position but desperately need skilled forwards and defensemen to develop as the current Leaf core is aging rapidly.
    Who I think Toronto will pick: C Brandon Sutter, Red Deer, (WHL)


    14). Colorado Avalanche
    #1 Team Need – Physical Defender
    Secondary Need – Goaltending
    Top 5 Prospects:
    C Codey Burki (WHL)
    RW Chris Stewart (OHL)
    C T. J. Hensick (CCHA)
    D Nigel Williams (OHL)
    C Ryan Stoa (WCHA)
    Notes: Colorado has a nice stable of promising skilled forwards on the way and a couple of good defensive prospects but not one goalie of substance to speak of. It is just the Avs luck that this year happens to be slightly weak in terms of goalies. I think they may pick one or two goalies in the mid to late rounds but I see them adding to their defensive depth with their early picks.
    Who I think Colorado will pick: D Alex Plante, Calgary, (WHL)


    15). Edmonton Oilers (from New York Islanders)
    #1 Team Need –Offensive Defender
    Secondary Need – Physical Defender
    Top 5 Prospects:
    C Rob Schremp (AHL)
    C Andrew Cogliano (CCHA)
    C Ryan O’Marra (OHL)
    LW Robert Nilsson (AHL)
    D Denis Grebeshkov (Russia)
    Notes: Edmonton has a plethora of skilled forwards in their talent pipeline and a couple good goaltending prospects to develop as well. I expect Edmonton to go after some defensive prospects as well as a few skilled forwards.
    Who I think Edmonton will pick: D Jonathon Blum, Vancouver, (WHL)



    16). Anaheim Ducks (from Tampa Bay Lightning)
    #1 Team Need – Offensive Defender
    Secondary Need – Scoring Forward
    Top 5 Prospects:
    RW Bobby Ryan (OHL)
    D Mark Mitera (CCHA)
    D Brendan Mikkelson (WHL)
    RW Bryce Swan (QMJHL)
    G Jean-Philippe Levasseur (QMJHL)
    Notes: Anaheim has done a good job of signing undrafted NCAA prospects with skills and has also done a good job in recent drafts picking up talent in the mid to later rounds. They have some good young NHL’er on the big club and will be graduating more next year. They have a mix of everything but in my opinion could use more skilled defenders and scoring forwards.
    Who I think Tampa Bay will pick: LW Maxim Mayorov, Leninogorsk, (Rus.)


    17). New York Rangers
    #1 Team Need – Physical Defender
    Secondary Need – Scoring Forward
    Top 5 Prospects:
    G Al Montoya (AHL)
    D Marc Staal (OHL)
    D Bobby Sanguinetti (OHL)
    RW Alex Bourret (AHL)
    C Artem Anisimov (Russia)
    Notes: The “New†New York Rangers are a much better off organization than it’s predecessor, who traded prospects and picks at the drop of a hat, was as their prospect cupboard has never been fuller. There seems to be no weakness in the prospect pool so I would expect them to go with the BPA on most picks, although they could use more defensive and goaltending depth.
    Who I think the Rangers will pick: D Nick Petrecki, Omaha, (USHL)



    18). Calgary Flames
    #1 Team Need – Scoring Forward
    Secondary Need – Offensive Defender
    Top 5 Prospects:
    C Dustin Boyd (AHL)
    G Leland Irving (WHL)
    C Daniel Ryder (OHL)
    C Andrei Taratukhin (AHL)
    LW Eric Nystrom (AHL)
    Notes: What can be said about Calgary that has not already been said in print 100 times, they need more scoring forwards to compliment their many character forward prospects. Now they also need more defensive depth in their prospect pool after not striking it rich with previous defensive prospects.
    Who I think Calgary will pick: Mikael Backlund, Vasteras, (Swe.)


    19). Minnesota Wild
    #1 Team Need – Offensive Defender
    Secondary Need – Scoring Forward
    Top 5 Prospects:
    LW Benoit Pouliot (AHL)
    C James Sheppard (QMJHL)
    G Josh Harding (AHL)
    LW Roman Voloshenko (AHL)
    RW Danny Irmen (AHL)
    Notes: Minnesota has a nice bunch of forward prospects coming, the problem is after that there is not a lot behind them. They have some nice goaltending prospects but could use more and the same can be said regarding the defense as well. I expect them to take a bit of everything this draft.
    Who I think Minnesota will pick: D Colby Cohen, Lincoln, (USHL)



    20). Pittsburgh Penguins
    #1 Team Need – Physical Defender
    Secondary Need – Scoring Forward
    Top 5 Prospects:
    D Kristopher Letang (QMJHL)
    D Alex Goligoski (WCHA)
    RW Jonathan Filewich (AHL)
    C Ryan Stone (AHL)
    D Carl Sneep (HE)
    Notes: Pittsburgh has a wealth of quality young prospects at every position while most are already playing in the Igloo nightly they also have a few more yet to get there. They really have no pressing need but I do expect them to take some defensive prospects this June.
    Who I think Pittsburgh will pick: LW Billy Sweatt, Colorado, (WCHA)


    21). Phoenix Coyotes (from Dallas Stars)
    #1 Team Need – Scoring Forward
    Secondary Need – Offensive Defender
    Top 5 Prospects:
    C Peter Mueller (WHL)
    C Martin Hanzal (WHL)
    D Keith Yandle (AHL)
    RW Enver Lisin (Russia)
    RW Blake Wheeler (WCHA)
    Notes: Phoenix has some nice offensive talent coming but the cupboard is very bare with regards to blue chip prospects in all areas. They have some young goaltending and locked up some defenders on the big club for long term, they need to look at more scoring forwards and defensive depth.
    Who I think Phoenix will pick: LW Max Pacioretty, Sioux City, (USHL)



    22). Montreal Canadians (from San Jose Sharks)
    #1 Team Need – Physical Defender
    Secondary Need – Offensive Defender
    Top 5 Prospects:
    G Carey Price (WHL)
    C Mikhail Grabovsky (AHL)
    C Ben Maxwell (WHL)
    RW Andrei Kostitsyn (AHL)
    D David Fischer (WCHA)
    Notes: They have some nice forward prospects as well as some nice young NHL talent on the roster. They have a blue chip goalie prospect in Price as well as a solid contender in Halak so that position is rich as well. I would think Montreal would be looking to add defensive prospects by the bushel full in the 2007 and 2008 drafts.
    Who I think Montreal will pick: D Ryan McDonagh, Cretin-Derham, (USHS)


    23). Philadelphia Flyers (from Nashville Predators)
    #1 Team Need – Offensive Defender
    Secondary Need – Scoring Forward.
    Top 5 Prospects:
    RW Steve Downie (OHL)
    D Ryan Parent (OHL)
    RW Claude Giroux (QMJHL)
    C Ryan Potulny (AHL)
    RW Andreas Nodl (WCHA)
    Notes: Philly has a lot of good young forwards coming up through the ranks and goaltending is not an issue with two young netminders at the NHL level. They have some stay at home defenders coming up with Parent and Coburn already there so locally they could use some offensive defensive prospects.
    Who I think Philadelphia will pick: D Thomas Hickey, Seattle, (WHL)



    24). St. Louis Blues (from Atlanta Thrashers)
    #1 Team Need – Offensive Defender
    Secondary Need – Scoring Forwards
    Top 5 Prospects:
    D Eric Johnson (WCHA)
    G Marek Schwarz (AHL)
    C T.J. Oshie (WCHA)
    C Patrick Berglund (Sweden)
    D Scott Jackson (WHL)
    Notes: The Blues have some nice prospects of every position but they are relatively shallow as well. They could use some depth at both skilled forward and defenders. I expect them to go after a skilled forward with their first pick in round number one and probably two of the many offensive defenders with their second and third picks.
    Who I think St. Louis will pick: D Mark Katic, Sarnia, (OHL)


    25). Vancouver Canucks
    #1 Team Need – Scoring Forward
    Secondary Need – Offensive Defender
    Top 5 Prospects:
    D Luc Bourdon (QMJHL)
    G Cory Schneider (HE)
    D Alexander Edler (AHL)
    RW Michael Grabner (WHL)
    D Kirill Koltsov (Russia)
    Notes: Vancouver needs to draft some skilled forwards this time around as their core is getting older and they have limited replacements awaiting in the wings. Their defense is another area that could us depth. Goaltending is strong with Luongo in for a few more years as well as Schneider waiting his turn.
    Who I think Vancouver will pick: LW Lars Eller, Frolunda, (Swe.)



    26). St. Louis Blues (from New Jersey)
    #1 Team Need – Offensive Defender
    Secondary Need – Scoring Forwards
    Top 5 Prospects:
    D Eric Johnson (WCHA)
    G Marek Schwarz (AHL)
    C T.J. Oshie (WCHA)
    C Patrick Berglund (Sweden)
    D Scott Jackson (WHL)
    Notes: The Blues have some nice prospects of every position but they are relatively shallow as well. They could use some depth at both skilled forward and defenders. I expect them to go after a skilled forward with their first pick in round number one and probably two of the many offensive defenders with their second and third picks.
    Who I think St. Louis will pick: RW Oscar Moller, Chilliwack, (WHL)


    27). Detroit Red Wings
    #1 Team Need – Physical Defender
    Secondary Need – Skilled Forward
    Top 5 Prospects:
    C Jakub Kindl (OHL)
    G Jimmy Howard (AHL)
    RW Igor Grogorenko (Russia)
    D Kyle Quincey (AHL)
    C Cory Emmerton (OHL)
    Notes: Now it has been said time and time again how the Wings have found talent in the later rounds of the draft because they seemed to trade their first rounder at each and every trade deadline in the past. They have a nice selection of depth in every position but when you draft so far back in the pack, you tend to be picking skilled player with size issues. I expect the Wings to pick first for skill and character and also with an eye for size and physical play.
    Who I think Detroit will pick: D T.J. Brennan, St. John’s, (QMJHL)


    28). Washington Capitals (from Buffalo Sabres)
    #1 Team Need – Scoring Forward
    Secondary Need – Defensive Depth
    Top 5 Prospects:
    C Nicklas Backstrom (Sweden)
    RW Eric Fehr (AHL)
    LW Tomas Fleischmann (AHL)
    G Simeon Varlamov (Russia)
    C Francois Bouchard (QMJHL)
    Notes: Washington has a lot of quality defensive prospects along with some good young NHL defenders already on the roster. Their goaltending is going to be changed over with Varlamov and Neuvirth waiting in the wings. I would think they build more forward depth in their prospect pool.
    Who I think Washington will pick: C Joakim Andersson, Frolunda, (Swe.)


    29.) Edmonton Oilers (from Anaheim Ducks)
    #1 Team Need –Offensive Defender
    Secondary Need – Physical Defender
    Top 5 Prospects:
    C Rob Schremp (AHL)
    C Andrew Cogliano (CCHA)
    C Ryan O’Marra (OHL)
    LW Robert Nilsson (AHL)
    D Denis Grebeshkov (Russia)
    Notes: Edmonton has a plethora of skilled forwards in their talent pipeline and a couple good goaltending prospects to develop as well. I expect Edmonton to go after some defensive prospects as well as a few skilled forwards.
    Who I think Edmonton will pick: C Colton Gillies, Saskatoon, (WHL)


    30). Ottawa Senators
    #1 Team Need – Scoring Forward
    Secondary Need – Goaltending
    Top 5 Prospects:
    LW Nick Foligno (OHL)
    D Brain Lee (WCHA)
    C Ilya Zubov (Russia)
    LW Shawn Weller (ECAC)
    D Vitali Anikeyenko (Russia)
    Notes: Ottawa has done a great job mining the European leagues for talent both early and late in past drafts. They still have a good batch of potential skilled forwards who have the chance to make the show as well as a couple decent defense and goalie prospects. I expect them to stay the course and select the BPA.
    Who I think Ottawa will pick: LW Luca Cunti, Dubbendorf, (Swiss)

    The top 30 prospects for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.


    1). C Steve Stamkos, Sarnia, OHL, 6’0â€, 170
    06-07 Stats: 63 GP 42 G 50 A 93 PTS



    2). D Drew Doughty, Guelph, OHL, 6’0â€, 213
    06-07 Stats: 67 GP 21 G 53 A 74 PTS



    3). D Alex Pietrangelo, Mississauga, OHL, 6’3â€, 193
    06-07 Stats: 59 GP 7 G 45 A 52 PTS



    4). C Kyle Beach, Everett, WHL, 6’3â€, 190
    06-07 Stats: 65 GP 29 G 32 A 61 PTS



    5). LW Jimmy Hayes, US-18, USNDP, 6’3â€, 200
    06-07 Stats: 47 GP 22 G 20 A 42 PTS



    6). D Michael Del Zotto, Oshawa, OHL, 6’0â€, 190
    06-07 Stats: 64 GP 10 G 47 A 57 PTS


    7). G Thomas McCollum, Guelph, OHL, 6’1â€, 196
    06-07 Stats: 55 GP 2.39 GAA .919 SP



    8). C Colin Wilson, US-18, USNDP, 6’1â€, 205
    06-07 Stats: 49 GP 25 G 37 A 62 PTS



    9). LW Mikkel Bodker, Frolunda J20, Sweden, 5’11â€, 183
    06-07 Stats: 39 GP 19 G 30 A 49 PTS



    10). C Zach Boychuk, Lethbridge, WHL, 5’9â€, 165
    06-07 Stats: 69 GP 31 G 60 A 91 PTS



    11). C Patrice Cormier, Rimouski, QMJHL 6’1â€, 199
    06-07 Stats: 43 GP 21 G 27 A 48 PTS



    12). D Colten Teubert, Regina, WHL, 6’4â€, 190
    06-07 Stats: 63 GP 3G 8 A 11 PTS



    13). D Yann Sauve, Saint John, QMJHL, 6’3â€, 213
    06-07 Stats: 60 GP 2 G 13 A 15 PTS



    14). G Harri Sateri, Tappara Jr., Finland, 5’11â€, 190
    06-07 Stats: 29 GP 2.63 GAA .924 SP



    15). C Cody Hodgson, Brampton, OHL, 5’-11â€, 180
    06-07 Stats: 63 GP 23G 23 A 46 PTS


    16). LW Nikita Filatov, N/A, Russia, 6’0â€, 160
    06-07 Stats: N/A
    No Picture Available.


    17). LW Mattias Tedenby, HV-71 Jr.20, Sweden, 5’9â€, 160
    06-07 Stats: 27 GP 10 G 10 A 20 PTS


    18). D Johan Motin, Farjestad, Sweden, 6’2â€, 201
    06-07 Stats: 22 GP 0 G 4 A 4 PTS



    19). G Michael Hutchinson, Barrie, OHL, 6’3â€, 175
    06-07 Stats: 14 GP 2.11 GAA .934 SP



    20). D Luke Schenn, Kelowna, WHL, 6’3â€, 209
    06-07 Stats: 72 GP 2 G 27 A 29 PTS



    21). LW Andre Petersson, HV-71 Jr.18, Sweden, 5’9â€, 165
    06-07 Stats: 10 GP 10 G 14 A 24 PTS



    22). G Kevin Poulin, Victoriaville, QMJHL, 6’1â€, 202
    06-07 Stats: 24 GP 3.34 GAA .896 SP


    23). C Anton Gustafsson, Frolunda J20, Sweden, 6’2â€, 190
    06-07 Stats: 26 GP 5 G 3 A 8 PTS



    24). C Mitch Wahl, Spokane, WHL, 6’0â€, 175
    06-07 Stats: 69 GP 16 G 32 A 48 PTS


    25). D Zach Bogosian, Peterborough, OHL, 6’2â€, 190
    06-07 Stats: 67 GP 7 G 26 A 33 PTS



    26). C Jamie Arniel, Guelph, OHL, 5’11â€, 187
    06-07 Stats: 68 GP 31 G 31 A 62 PTS



    27). D AJ Jenks, Plymouth, OHL, 6’2â€, 205
    06-07 Stats: 68 GP 9 G 14 A 23 PTS



    28). RW Kirill Petrov, Ak Bars-2, Russia, 6’3â€, 198
    06-07 Stats: N/A
    No Picture Available.


    29). D Vladimir Roth, Slavia Praha, Czech, 6’0â€, 172
    06-07 Stats: 14 GP 4 G 5 A 9 PTS



    30). G Jaroslav Janus, Slovak, 5’11â€, 187
    06-07 Stats: N/A


    Honorable mentions:

    C Philip McRae, London, OHL, 6’2â€, 180
    06-07 Stats: 63 GP 2 G 8 A 10 PTS


    C Jordan Eberle, Regina, WHL, 5’10â€, 162
    06-07 Stats: 66 GP 28 G 27 A 55 PTS


    C Kelsey Tessier, Qubec, QMJHL, 5’9â€, 164
    06-07 Stats: 63 GP 23 G 27 A

    C Chris Doyle, PEI, QMJHL, 6’0â€, 195
    06-07 Stats: 50 GP 18 G 18 A 36 PTS


    G Robert Mayer, Kolten Flyers, Swiss, 6’1â€, 190
    06-07 Stats: N/A

    D Tyler Myers, Kelowna, WHL, 6’6â€, 195
    06-07 Stats: 59 GP 2 G 13 A 15 PTS


    D Adam Comrie, Omaha, USHL, 6’4â€, 175
    06-07 Stats: 38 GP 1 G 6 A 7 PTS


    G Peter Delmas, Lewiston, QMJHL, 6’1â€, 166
    06-07 Stats: 34 GP 2.81 GAA .898 SP


    D Tyler Cuma, Ottawa, OHL, 6’2â€, 175
    06-07 Stats: 63 GP 3G 16 A 19 PTS



    D Tyler Schmidt, Tri-City, WHL, 6’1â€, 200
    06-07 Stats: 47 GP 4 G 15 A 19 PTS


    D Michael Stone, Calgary, WHL, 6’2â€, 190
    06-07 Stats: 55 GP 2 G 18 A 20 PTS


    D Alexandre Neron, Rimouski, QMJHL, 6’0â€, 180
    06-07 Stats: 49 GP 3 G 10 A 13 PTS



    D Lukas Stoop, GCK Lions, Swiss, 6’0â€, 165
    06-07 Stats: N/A
     
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    A Look Back…


    My 2007 prospect rankings as of January '07
    Originally posted 01-19-07

    Cups early top 90 for the 07 NHL entry draft.

    Well it is that time of year again. The time when some are brave (or just stupid) enough to share their opinion on prospect rankings with all of you.

    First off I will say that this draft year does not seem to be a very strong draft year in the sense of any real elite or blue chip talent that we have grown accustom to headline the last few drafts. This draft class however is rather deep with mid/high level and potential sleeper prospects that could make some noise down the road in their development path to the pros. This draft year it would be a good time to draft based on team needs rather than the best available player style since the first, second and even into the third rounds are so balanced. I know there will be lots of debate on who should go where and why but honestly my own rankings change almost day by day.

    Most of my viewings consist of live CHL games with limited live and recorded USHL, NCAA, and very limited viewings of European games via video and/or internet. I plan on reducing my CHL viewing content and boosting my minor US league (US high school, USHL and NAHL) and European league game coverage for the next couple months.

    1. Angelo Esposito, C, Quebec (QMJHL)
    2. Zach Hamill, C, Everett (WHL)
    3. Alexei Cherepanov, RW, Omsk (Russia)
    4. Sam Gagner, C, London (OHL)
    5. James Van Riemsdyk, LW, U.S. National U-18
    6. Kyle Turris, C, Burnaby (BCHL)
    7. Keven Veilleux, C, Victoriaville (QMJHL)
    8. Mark Katic, D, Sarnia (OHL)
    9. Brandon Sutter, C/RW, Red Deer (WHL)
    10. Jakub Voracek, RW, Halifax (QMJHL)
    11. Patrick Kane, RW, London (OHL)
    12. Tyson Sexsmith, G, Vancouver (WHL)
    13. Karl Alzner, D, Calgary (WHL)
    14. Logan Couture, C, Ottawa (OHL)
    15. John Negrin, D, Kootenay (WHL)
    16. Kevin Shattenkirk, D, U.S. National U-18
    17. Nicholas Petrecki, D, Omaha (USHL)
    18. Ruslan Bashkirov, LW, Quebec (QMJHL)
    19. John Blum, D, Vancouver (WHL)
    20. Stefan Legein, RW, Mississauga (OHL)
    21. James O'Brien, C, U. of Minnesota (WCHA)
    22. Mikael Backlund, C, Vasteras (Sweden-2)
    23. Keaton Ellerby, D, Kamloops (WHL)
    24. Oscar Moller, W, Chilliwack (WHL)
    25. Thomas Hickey, D, Seattle (WHL)
    26. Tommy Cross, D, Westminster School (Conn.) (U.S. high school)
    27. Sergei Korostin, RW, Dynamo Moscow (Russia)
    28. Alex Plante, D, Calgary (WHL)
    29. Mike Hoeffel, W, U.S. National U-18
    30. Zack Torquato, C, Erie (OHL)
    31. Patrick White, C, Grand Rapids High (Minn.) (U.S. high school)
    32. Colton Gillies, C, Saskatoon (WHL)
    33. Akim Aliu, C/RW, Sudbury (OHL)
    34. Maxime Tanguay, C, Rimouski (QMJHL)
    35. Trevor Cann, G, Peterborough (OHL)
    36. Eric Doyle, D, Everett (WHL)
    37. Michal Repik, RW, Vancouver (WHL)
    38. Brett Maclean, LW, Oshawa (OHL)
    39. Maxim Gratchev, LW, Rimouski (QMJHL)
    40. Drayson Bowman, C/LW, Spokane (WHL)
    41. David Skokan, C, Rimouski (QMJHL)
    42. Maxim Mayorov, W, Leninogorsk (Russia-2)
    43. Ryan McDonagh, D, Cretin-Derham High (Minn.) (U.S. high school)
    44. Nick Ross, D, Regina (WHL)
    45. Lars Eller, W, Frolunda Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
    46. David Perron, W, Lewiston (QMJHL)
    47. Taylor Ellington, D, Everett (WHL)
    48. Brad Phillips, G, U.S. National U-18
    49. Nick Palmieri, RW, Erie (OHL)
    50. Nikolai Lukyanchikov, D, Stupino (Russia-2)
    51. Jeremy Smith, G, Plymouth (OHL)
    52. Nick Spaling, C, Kitchener (OHL)
    53. Bill Sweatt LW Colorado College (WCHA)
    54. Kevin Marshall, D, Lewiston (QMJHL)
    55. Dwight King, C/LW, Lethbridge (WHL)
    56. Max Pacioretty, LW, Sioux City (USHL)
    57. Josh Kidd, D, Erie (OHL)
    58. Dana Tyrell, C/RW, Prince George (WHL)
    59. Vitali Karamnov, C, Dynamo Moscow (Russia)
    60. Colby Cohen, D, Lincoln (USHL)
    61. Daniel Kelly, D, Kitchener (OHL)
    62. Justin McCrae, C, Saskatoon (WHL)
    63. Joel Gistedt, G, Frolunda (Sweden )
    64. Logan Macmillan, C, Halifax (QMJHL)
    65. David Stich, D, Saint John (QMJHL)
    66. Ben Ryan, C, Des Moines (USHL)
    67. Mihail Milekhin, RW, CSKA 2 (Russia-3)
    68. Bryan Cameron, C, Belleville (OHL)
    69. Roman Bashkirov, LW, Quebec (QMJHL)
    70. Brad Malone, W, Sioux Falls (USHL)
    71. Juraj Valach, D, Tri-City (WHL)
    72. Linden Rowat, G, Regina (WHL)
    73. Luca Cunti, C, Dubendorf (Swiss-3);
    74. T.J. Galiardi, W, Dartmouth (ECAC)
    75. Niklas Lucenius , C, Tappara Jr. (Finland Jr.)
    76. T.J Brennan, D, St. John's (QMJHL)
    77. John Lee, D, Moorhead High (Minn.) (U.S. high school)
    78. Jean-Simon Allard, C, St. John's (QMJHL)
    79. Joakim Andersson, C, Frolunda Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
    80. Ted Ruth, D, U.S. National U-18
    81. Matthew Kang, LW, Kingston (OHL)
    82. Alex Grant, D, Saint John (QMJHL)
    83. Mark Owuya, G, Djurgarden Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
    84. Michael Neal, LW, Belleville (OHL)
    85. Olivier Fortier, C, Rimouski (QMJHL)
    86. Ian Cole, D, U.S. National U-18
    87. Patrik Zackrisson, W, Rogle (Sweden-2)
    88. Justin Leclerc, G, Lethbridge (WHL)
    89. Joseph Lavin, D, U.S. National U-18
    90. Artem Dubinin, D, Togliatti 2 (Russia-3)






    2006 NHL Draft
    Originally posted 4-07-2006

    1). C Phil Kessel
    Not overly big at 6’ and 183 Lbs but Kessel has amazing leg strength and could play in the NHL at his size right now.
    Kessel is this year’s offensive dynamo of the draft. A bad showing at the WJC last January hurt his status with the CSS/ISS Rankings but this is still the same kid with world class skill that would have rivaled Crosby (but not overtaken him) if the two drafts would have been combined. After development, a good NHL comparison would be Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk’s skill set with Atlanta’s Marc Savard’s (non) physical prowess. Phil Kessel is a playmaker and finisher who sometimes thinks he can do it all himself. Kessel will be NHL ready in one year unless rushed by a needy NHL team.

    2). D Erik Johnson
    Big, smart and passionate are the three words that best describe Johnson. Before he was a NHL prospect he was a true hockey fan. Erik has all the tools to become a No.1 defensemen in the NHL one day. Erik’s foot speed is good and He has no problem playing the physical game. Very reliable on the defensive end and not too shabby on offence either. A good comparable NHL’er is Robyn Regehr but Erik has a bit more offensive potential. He will play for the NCAA’s Minnesota Golden Gophers next year and could make the jump to NHL after two years.

    3). C Jordan Staal
    The big two-way center with good bloodlines is an above average skater with a good shot. Staal possesses good hockey sense and is a very good along the boards and in traffic. His best asset though is his size. He is listed at 6’-4.5†and 208 Lbs and still growing. I see Staal in the NHL as a complete second line center with the possibility of being a first liner much like Jason Arnott but better in his own zone. Consistency was a bit of an issue this year. It will be interesting to see Staal’s progress next year. He has the potential to blow expectations away. Staal will play one more year in the OHL before turning pro.

    4). C/RW Jonathan Toews
    Toews already has a good pro type game. He is good in the corners and along the walls as well as having a little dangle. Jonathan is a complete player who goes just as hard in the defensive zone as he does in the offensive zone. Foot speed is average but he makes up for that with above average hockey sense. Toews is not overly physical but will not back down if challenged in that department. Toews could develop into a Steve Larmer type player in the NHL one day.

    5). C Derrick Brassard
    Brassard is one of, if not the best passer in this entire draft. He has excellent hockey sense and great puck skills. He is a little weak in upper body strength and may need to pay more attention to the defensive zone before making the jump to the next level. Derrick has the uncanny ability of holding onto the puck and drawing defenders eyes to himself before saucering a crisp pass to a streaking winger or pinching d-man. Any team who already has a scoring winger or two and are looking for a playmaking center to get them the puck would be advised to take Brassard in my opinion. Brassard is one or two years away from NHL duty.

    6). RW Michael Frolik
    Michael Frolik is an enigma. He has just as much skill as Kessel (although very different styles) but we rarely get to see it. He has come into every tourney with such hype, yet has disappointed me with almost all my viewings. He works extremely hard yet comes away with little to show for it in terms of production. When he’s on he has the ability to slow the game down around him, almost like he’s toying with his checker. With age and maturity I believe he will be a NHL star in the future. Some say he has Jaromir Jagr skills, which may be pushing it a bit. Frolik dose have the all goods to be a good NHL Star some day.



    7). C Peter Mueller
    Peter has a lot of the tools to be a successful NHL’er, it remains to be seen if he can put it all together, and be consistent. His leadership qualities have been talked about as being superior. He has an abundance of first line skill. Skating is average, nothing stands out as being great. A very determined player, he needs to work on foot speed and should add weight to his already large frame. Peter has the best chance out of the top 10 to be an NHL bust in my opinion although with his overall skill and potential it would be hard to pass him up at this position. Could turn into a solid two-way future captain in the NHL one day.

    8). C Niklas Backstrom
    Backstrom is a smooth skater who has great shot selection, hockey sense, foot speed and balance. Niklas is above average in the faceoff circle, goes hard to the net and is not afraid to shot from any ware on the ice. Niklas has a great work ethic and can eventually lead by example as many NHL Swedes have before him. Backstrom makes me think of what Daniel Alfredsson would play like if he played center. Backstrom should stay in Sweden for one more year before bringing his game over to North America.

    9). C James Sheppard
    Watching James is not overly impressive skater right now but with a closer view you can see what all the hype is about. This kid is growing into a big and powerful player who will be a dominant force for years. He has all the attributes of a future first line NHL scorer with size. Next year he should have a breakout year both physically and on the score sheet. James is a clutch performer. Sheppard is an intelegent player who rarely makes mistakes. Typically, Power Forward type forwards take a few extra years of development to reach their full potential. James is a few years away from NHL duty yet.

    10). D Bobby Sanguinetti
    Not bad skills for a kid who has only seen four birthdays come and go. No, he is not a child prodigy, just born on February 29th 1988. Bobby plays an offensive game from the backend while still playing solid defense in his own end. Decision making, filling out his frame and his first step speed would be things Bobby could to work on. All of these should come in time. I look at Bobby and see a more offensively skilled Andrew Ference type player. Sanguinetti should develop into a solid NHL offensive defenseman who gets PP time for many years to come. He may surprise however and ply his trade as a #1 NHL defenseman, only time will tell.

    11). C Jiri Tlusty
    Think David Vyborny meets Martin Havlat with this kid. Tlusty is full of speed and skill. He loves to shoot and in his case that is not a bad thing. He can go into the offensive end and make something out of nothing. Tlusty needs to be more consistent too make it to the NHL but that is hardly a question mark. Whatever NHL team grabs this skilled winger up will need to be patient and give him time to develop in Europe. Jiri is a few years away from NHL duty despite already playing against men in his homeland. I would not be overly surprised to see Tlusty go in the top five in the draft.

    12). D Ty Wishart
    I love Ty’s game. He plays an in-your-face hi tempo style from the back end while also incorporating in some very good finesse skills. He has one of the best shots from the point in the entire draft. A decent skater who always gives a good effort. Foot speed could be upgraded. He has laid out a few opponents this year with big bone crushing hits. He is very confident on the ice, rarely second guessing himself. His main focus is on being a defensive stopper. Did I mention his size is 6’-4.5†and 210 Lbs. Ty could develop into a top 3 NHL defenseman. He is one of my favorites in this draft.

    13). C Bryan Little
    Little Brian Little is a pure scorer. You know exactly what you are getting with this kid. He is a good skater and a good passer but what he does best is drive to the net and score goals. He has a way of avoiding the big hits which is why this kid will not have a problem playing against much bigger opponents in the NHL. He is like a water bug out their some nights. He has a tendency of trying to do too much by himself but that realization will come with maturity and time. Brian will be NHL ready within a couple years.



    14). RW Chris Stewart
    The younger brother of Florida’s Anthony Stewart, Chris has a great combination of size, skill, strength and skating ability. Chris drives to the net without any fear and is extremely hard to control. His shot is hard and accurate. His skating was average but got better as the year wore on. Needs to think shot more often. His development is ongoing and he may become a top flight NHL scoring Power Forward one day. He will need a couple years of AHL hockey once his OHL career is over to reach his full potential.

    15). RW Kyle Okposo
    This potential future power forward has a lot of the tools to be a solid NHL’er however I am not convinced he will be the high scorer some people say he will be. In my opinion he could go either way, a top line PF with 30+ goal potential or a solid checker with a scoring touch. I tend to think of Washington’s Chris Clark with more energy and physical prowess when I’ve seen Kyle in my limited viewings. He is a very hard worker who can run people over and has a very good power game around the net. Not having any big holes in his game at such a young age may lead some on. I think he could make the jump to the NHL within two years.

    16). D Nigel Williams
    This monster of a defenseman at 6’-5†220Lbs., plays a pretty complete game. His strengths are skating and size as well as his willingness to play physical. Williams has some offence in his game that should be more pronounced as he developes. He wants to get better and compete at a higher level and so far he has succeeded in doing so. Extremely strong on his skates, Nigel will need to get better at reading the play and knowing when to jump up and when to lay back. Nigel has the strength make the jump to the NHL next year but would benefit from a couple years of development.

    17). D Joe Ryan
    Another one of my favorites in this draft, Joe Ryan is one of the toughest kids in this draft. He will go to the wall and through the wall if it means the difference between winning and loosing. He plays a defense first style and makes anyone, no matter what size, pay when going to the net. No glaring weakness in his game, however, Ryan will never be confused with Bobby Orr. Joey is capable of some offense but not expected to put up points. NHL comparison is to Columbus defenseman Adam Foot. Ryan is at least two years away from NHL.

    18). D Ben Shutron
    A very skilled player. Ben may be better suited to become a forward with his skills and lack of defensive awareness. A good skater who is loaded with offensive potential. Must either make a commitment to defense and incorporate the offence here and there or will be a defensive liability as a pro. Very good Power Play pointman. Ben is not afraid to play the physical game although he tends to get caught out of position more when caught-up in scrums. Shutron is three or four years away from NHL duty.

    19). D Ivan Vishnevski
    Ivan is an offensive dynamo on the backend. He is projected be a top point man in the NHL who can play the dump and chase but would prefer to carry the puck up the ice. He is capable in his own end however no team will be drafting him for that reason. He sees the ice well and has a great first pass, rarely setting up his forwards with bad passes. His skating stride is better than average. With size at 5’11†176 Lbs. Ivan will need to get stronger to make the jump to the next level. Vishnevski should be ready within to years or so.

    20). LW Mike Forney
    He has majorly changed my opinion with his play this year. In November I didn’t even have him in my top 90. He plays a very complete game. Nothing overly great in his game, nothing wrong with his game either. Good finishing skills and good playmaking skills. Mikes balance and skating are very strong. Plays in all situations and tends too draw defenders to himself where as opening up room for his teammates. Forney sees the ice well. His biggest deficiency is strength but he should fillout over the summer. He should play NCAA until he is a Junior and then see what he has then.




    21). D Matthew Correntte
    A pretty complete defenceman already, Matt has a good shot and it finds the net more often than not. A good skater who plays a little chippy some nights. Correntte has on a few occations looked lost on the ice but I’m sure that will come with age and maturity. When all is clicking for him he plays a very impressive game. He reminds me a bit of Mathieu Schneider. He needs to play with a bit more consistency. I would say that whichever NHL team picks Matt, they will have a good defenceman prospect in a few years.

    22). C Cory Emmerton
    A high energy kid who has the smarts to go along with his skill at being one of the CHL’s best playmakers. He sees the ice extremely well and always seems to put the puck on his linemates tape with every pass. Cory is an average skater. Not a very physical player but will not back down from confrontation, he just prefers to hurt you on the score sheet instead. Emmerton is very capable playing the two-way game as well as being an offensive force for Kingston. Cory will need to add strength and gain experience to further develop but should be ready for a show at the NHL in two to three years.

    23). C Ryan White
    A decent skater with size 6’-0†200 Lbs. who takes care of his own end and is capable of putting up points as well. He would benefit from working on foot speed. White projects as a second - third line center that should be on the ice playing in the final minute of close games. He is competitive and comes to play whenever he laces up the skates. Does nothing great but also does not show any weaknesses either. A couple years away from the show yet. A safe pick at this spot in the first round, if you are looking for a sure thing.

    24). C Bobby Hughes
    Despite his lake of size this is another in a long cast of undersized, but highly skilled prospects in this draft. Bobby is a tough little man who is not afraid to go to the net or pay the price for a scoring opportunity. He should be able to add weight and that will help him improve upon this years numbers next season. Height may never come but this kid has too much skill to write off because of being sub 6’. Bobby Hughes should play another year or two in the OHL and then make the transition to the AHL before playing in the NHL full time.

    25). RW Cal Clutterbuck
    A Steve Downie type player who has decent speed and puck skills however size may be a concern for his type of play. I have seen him take some good runs at opponents and while he is a tough player, he may be injury prone if he plays that same game in the big time against bigger players. Also he can be a bit undisaplined and take the odd bad penalty getting caught up in the physical game. If he can get his aggresivness under control then Cal should develop into a solid pro. I see him making the jump in three to four years.

    26). D Mark Mitera
    This kid has really disappointed me this year. Maybe I was expecting too much from him, maybe the addition of Jack Johnson to Michigan’s lineup has stunted his growth. His disision making did not develop as I thought it would this year. He needs work in almost every area as he is still very raw. Mark still shows glimpses of becoming a dominant defender with NHL potential. I think Mark will find a bit more offensive in his game next year although he will never be an offensive D-man at the next level. He still looks like he is trying to find himself and his game. After finishing NCAA carrier will likely play a few AHL season before NHL ready.

    27). LW Nick Foligno
    Another first round prospect with good bloodlines. Nick has a good shot and better than average ice awairness. Not afraid to play the physical game or stick up for teammates. The Junior Foligno has a choppy skating stride which will need to get smoother for him to be able to keep up with NHL competion. Needs to shoot more often. Projected as a third line NHL checker with some potential offensive upside.




    28). RW Claude Giroux
    A feisty, small man with loads of skill and speed. Claude must add weight if he is to have a chance of being a future NHL’er. An intense kid who goes 110 percent, his only weakness that I can see is his lack of size and strength. He should develop into a solid scoring prospect for whichever NHL team drafts him this June. He plays an intense game and has seen time on both the PP and PK this year, but offence will be his bread and butter. I would be suprised if he slipped to the second round. Giroux is a good three to four years away from shooting on NHL goalies yet.

    29). LW Jamie McGinn
    A powerful skating stride to go along with great balance allows Jamie McGinn to be a beast in the corners and infront of the oppositions net. He is consistently one of the hardest workers on the ice and his tenasity is contagious. Not overly gifted offensively but that will not be his game when he gets to the Show anyway. He is a hard worker along the boards who can throw the odd garbage goal into the net and is not afraid to get his nose dirty. Jamie has the potential to develop his offensive game a little bit more in the next couple years but will never be a top line NHL scorer. A safe pick at this position in the draft.

    30). C Ben Maxwell
    I have heard reports of Ben having a bad attitude but I have not witnessed any evidence to that. What I have witnessed is a kid who plays with passion and has some offensive abilities just waiting to come to the fore front. Could be more consistent. I am surprised how low his numbers are at the end of the year, but am sure they will improve next year. Maxwell is an above average skater with decent speed who has good on ice vision and can finish around the net. He will need to add weight to his frame ton be an effective player in the NHL. He reminds me a bit of Dustin Boyd in his draft year. His time table should be three to four years.

    Honorable Mention/Notable Exemptions:
    RW Jesse Joensuu – Not first line hands, maybe not even second line hands. His play is sometimes invisible.
    LW Alexander Vasyunov – Selfish and bad work ethic, but loads of skill. Possible attitude problem.
    C Patrik Berglund – Big center with good hands and decent speed. Not getting a lot of ice on big club.
    D David Ruzicka – Skating holding him back, but is getting better. Great work ethic and plays physical when needed.
    G Jonathan Bernier – No real top level goaltenders in this draft, which have emerged yet anyway. Bernier is best of crop so far. Sound positioning, average glove hand.
    D Mike Weber - Big bruiser with limited offence. Not always visible when on ice. Average skater at best.
    RW Brady Calla – Love the attitude and work ethic. Limited skills holding him back.
    LW Ryan Hiller – Too much of a perimeter player in junior to see him making a difference in the show, but he has shown great heart. Could prove me wrong.
    LW Matt Belesky – This kid will go through anything in his way. Drawback is third line hands and poor skating stride.
    G Leland Irving – Closing the gap on Bernier very quickly. Quick reflexes, maybe the best goalie of the draft when all is said and done.
    RW Igor Makarov – It is all to do with having no Agreement between Russia and the NHL, as to why this sniper in not in the top 30.
    D Theo Peckham - A big defensman who like to through the body around. Might not have enough essential tools to make a big enough impression at the next level.


    My Steal of the Draft
    C Dustin Jeffrey – Hard working, aggressive forward has all the tools, just needs to put the puzzle together.




    2005 NHL Draft
    Originally posted 5-26-2005
    Here is my 2005 top 120 list. Now, this is a ranking list not a mock draft list. I would have loved to do a mock 120 but not knowing were each NHL team picks was a problem. I know it may be a little heavy with North American Prospects, but, there are two reason behind this. One is because this really is an off year for the European talent pool and because most of my European Prospect info is from seeing these kids in tournament play only or second hand reports from those who see them on a regular basis. Anyway hope you enjoy.

    1. F Sidney Crosby QMJHL 5-11 193
    Consensus no. 1 pick has all the tools to become a Sakic/Yzerman type player with added grit. Honestly, Sid the Kid is a bit overhyped as the second coming and all. He will be a cornerstone of the franchise who selects him for years to come. He does everything exceptionally well. We’ll see him in the NHL when the next season is played.

    2. D Jack Johnson USNTDP 6-1 201
    Best all-round defenseman in 2005 has all the tools to be a legit no. 1 d-man in the NHL. His game reminds me of Ed Jovanovski a bit. Needs to work on his foot speed to get to the NHL level. He will need lots of ice time with Michigan next year to continue developing.

    3. F Gilbert Brule WHL 5-10 185
    Solid PF type prospect that plays bigger than his size. Compare to Mike Peca at the NHL level with a bit less defensive awareness and a little more offense.

    4. F Bobby Ryan OHL 6-2 223
    Big winger who knows where the net is. Needs to work on foot speed before he can play at the next level. Has a similar game to Philadelphia’s Michal Handzus with more physical play. Could develop into a Bertuzzi type PF it physical attitude changes.

    5. F Benoit Pouliot OHL 6-3 190
    Slick skilled forward who plays a game similar to Colorado’s Alex Tanguay. Older than most his draft peers, has one of the highest potential levels in the whole draft.

    6. F Jack Skille USA 6-1 198
    Big and getting bigger Power Forward type. Needs to work on speed and defensive game. Should be a big development year next year at Wisconsin were he will be the go to guy as a freshman.

    7. F Anze Kopitar EUR 6-2 205
    Game breaker. Big kid playing in the SJL should either advance to the SEL or make the move to the CHL next season to continue development or possibly directly to NHL. Played against Men in World Cup and handled himself just fine.

    8. F Guillaume Latendresse QMJHL 6-2 218
    Inconsistency is the only reason he is not a top 5 pick. This mammoth plays with an edge, throwing big hits and scoring big goals then disappearing at times. He could develop into an NHL all-star PF or another Brad Isbister.

    9. F Ryan O'Marra OHL 6-2 195
    I like this kid allot. Very mature for his age, future captain material. He reminds me a lot of Rod Brind’Amour. Does everything well. Needs a few years of development yet, but should be a safe pick.

    10. G Tukka Rask FIN 6-1 175
    Another fine Fin goaltending prospect. Rask possesses Quick reflexes and strong positioning. Held his team in most tournaments he played in. I doubt he will be a superstar at the NHL level but a very capable starter. Rask is a few years away from NHL duty.




    11. D Luc Bourdon QMJHL 6-2 202
    Chris Phillips, when I watch Bourdon I can help but see a little of Chris Phillips albeit maybe a poor mans version. I see a very serviceable NHL 3rd-5th two-way defenseman for years.

    12. F Niklas Berfgors SWE 5-11 192
    The best comparison for Niklas is fellow countryman Henrik Zetterberg. Skates well, shots well and will score often at the NHL level. Size and durability are the only weaknesses I can see in his game.

    13. F Ryan Stoa USA 6-3 198
    I’ll be honest, I didn’t really notice Stoa a whole lot when I watched him play this year. Great passer and deceptive speed for a large kid. Will be interesting to see more of him at Minnesota although he could get reduced ice time with Kessel and Wheeler debuting next year as well. Should be celebrating an NCAA championship next year.

    14. D Marc Staal OHL 6-4 197
    All reports you have heard about Staal are true. Nothing fancy with his game but nothing wrong with his game either. Top 4 stay at home NHL defenseman. Safe pick.

    15. F Kendal McArdle WHL 5-11 203
    Tenacious. If I had to describe Kendal in one word that would be it. He is a waterbug checker with some scoring skill to boot. I could see him playing a shutdown role in the NHL and still adding 20 goals per year. Still needs allot of development time.

    16. D Teemu Laakso FIN 6-0 187
    Teemu is a bit of a wildcard first rounder just like Jakub Kindl will be. Both have the potential to be solid NHL defenseman. But Laakso is by far the safer pick.

    17. D Jakub Kindl OHL 6-3 197
    Mobility and offensive ability are the main traits he brings. Reminds me of Jiri Slegr. Makes too many defensive errors right now, will need to develop a few years and learn from mistakes. Potential is strong as a 4th offensive defenseman.

    18. F Devin Setoguchi WHL 5-11 186
    No doubt he can score but will his size de a down fall come draft day? I don’t think so. He will still grow and fill out his frame. Solid pick. I see him having 2nd line NHL potential.

    19. F Alex Bourret QMJHL 5-10 210
    Don’t let his height fool you. This kid can play the physical game with the big boys. He knocked Bobby Ryan out of the top prospects game with a thunderous check (albeit with a bit of a charge). Alex can also put the puck in the net but excels at being a playmaker.

    20. D Ryan Parent OHL 6-2 192
    Another safe defenseman pick. Parent will develop into an Adam Foot type defender with limited offence. You will not notice him in a game unless you look for him since he goes about his business quietly. He is a goaltenders dream.

    21. G Carey Price WHL 6-3 204
    He has great size and reflexes. Positioning is usually good but on some occasions he gets caught out of position. If develops correctly, Price could be the best goalie in the whole draft. Potential is sky high, perennial NHL all-star.

    22. F Daniel Bertram NCAA 5-11 175
    Bertram has all the tools to be a very good scoring line winger. He only issue is with his size and attitude. By attitude I mean he thinks he’s 6-4 220 lbs not 5-11 and 175 soaking wet. Question is if he will hold up in the NHL.

    23. F Marek Zagrapan QMJHL 6-1 189
    A very quick forward who knows where the net and his team mates are on the ice. He has the potential to be a first line player in the NHL. Must stop taking bad penalties and work on discipline.



    24. D Brian Lee USHS 6-2 193
    The numbers don’t lie. Very good highschool defenseman who needs to take his game to the next level. Disappointing WJC hurt his stock a bit but like I said his numbers were great and he has size. He needs a lot of time to develop, far from NHL ready. My projection is a offensive 3rd-4th NHL defenseman.

    25. D Matt Lashoff OHL 6-2 207
    Lashoff had a tuff year development wise. He made allot of errors defensively and they seemed to fluster him. He was hampered by injuries and illness as well as being inconsistent. He still had a great skating stride and lots of potential as a two-way NHL defenseman though.

    26. F Chris Durrand WHL 6-1 190
    This guy is along way from where he will end up on the development curve, both physically and talent wise. He has a great skating stride and does everything in high gear. Good defense, offensive flair and strong character are his trademarks.

    27. F Slava Trukhno QMJHL 6-1 196
    He has all the tools to be a first line NHL forward. He plays a finesse but yet a gritty game as well. Very fast skater who can stickhandle in a phone booth. Potential to be an NHL All-Star.

    28. F Martin Hanzal CZE 6-3 189
    Martin is a great stickhandler and skater who excels at the finesse game. Next year will say allot about where Hanzal’s game is going. He could end up being a poor mans Marian Hossa.

    29. F Mikko Lehtonen FIN 6-4 205
    A big, gritty and skilled Fin. Allot of teams in the NHL are looking for a big scoring winger these days. He needs to work on his foot speed and defensive zone coverage. My projection is a big second line NHL winger who can score.

    30. D Scott Jackson WHL 6-4 207
    A big tower of a defenseman, who plays a very defensive game. He is hard to beat one on one. Skating and strength are good and only getting better as Scott matures. Next year we should see Scott add an offensive touch to his game. Potential as an NHL defensive defenseman.

    31. D Risto Korhonen FIN 6-3 218
    32. G Alexander Vincent QMJHL 6-3 190
    33. F Andrew Cogliano OPRJA 5-9 174
    34. F James Neal OHL 6-3 186
    35. F Patrick Davis OHL 6-2 191
    36. F Denis Istomin RUS 6-0 190
    37. F Dan Collins OHL 6-2 194
    38. D Brendan Mikkelson WHL 6-2 180
    39. F Michael Blunden OHL 6-4 217
    40. D Adam McQuaid OHL 6-4 197
    41. F Tom Fritsche USA 5-11 188
    42. F Chris Lawrence OHL 6-4 197
    43. D Tomas Kudelka CZE 6-1 180
    44. F T.J. Hensick NCAA 5-10 179
    45. G Jeff Frazee USA 6-0 182
    46. D Vjateslav Buravchikov RUS 6-0 196
    47. D Sasha Pokulok ECAC 6-5 220
    48. G J.P. Levasseur QMJHL 6-1 185
    49. F Daniel Ryder OHL 5-11 193
    50. D Michael Sauer WHL 6-2 196
    51. F Radel Smolenak OHL 6-2 193
    52. D J.P. Paquet QMJHL 6-3 210
    53. D Chad Denny QMJHL 6-3 210
    54. F Justin Abdelkader USHL 6-1 195
    55. F Anton Skorykh RUS 6-3 187
    56. D Dustin Kohn WHL 6-1 185
    57. D Oscars Bartulis QMJHL 6-2 188
    58. D Jakub Vojta CZE 6-0 184
    59. F Ilya Zubov RUS 5-10 175
    60. D Dalyn Flatt WHL 6-3 215
    61. D Kristopher Letang QMJHL 6-0 190
    62. D Mike Gauthier WHL 6-3 196
    63. G Ondrej Pavelec CZE 5-11 170
    64. F Tom Pyatt OHL 6-0 180
    65. F Steve Downie OHL 5-11 192
    66. D Patrick McNeil OHL 6-1 193
    67. D Danny Syvret OHL 5-11 203
    68. F Richard Lelkes SLO 6-3 207
    69. F Nick Drazenovic WHL 6-0 182
    70. F Cody Bass OHL 6-0 187
    71. D Joe Finley USHL 6-7 230
    72. D Ryan Wilson OHL 6-1 212
    73. D Sean Zimmerman WHL 6-2 220
    74. F Cal O’Reilly OHL 5-11 183
    75. D Matt Pelech OHL 6-4 220
    76. D Matt Niskanen USHS 6-1 197
    77. F Marek Bartanus SLV 6-3 199
    78. F Vladimir Karpov RUS 6-1 185
    79. F Wacey Rabbit WHL 5-10 170
    80. F Ondrej Otcenas SLO 6-1 198
    81. D Marc-Andre Gragnani QMJHL 6-1 180
    82. F Sergei Shirokov RUS 5-10 170
    83. D Ray Macias WHL 6-1 190
    84. F Blair Jones WHL 6-2 192
    85. D Vitaly Anikeenko RUS 6-4 198
    86. F Sebastian Karlsson SWE 6-0 189
    87. F Jason Lawrence USNTDP 5-10 179
    88. D Andrei Zubarev RUS 6-1 190
    89. G Joe Fallon NCAA 6-3 190
    90. F Sergei Kostitsyn BEL 5-11 175
    91. D Cody Franson WHL 6-5 207
    92. D Keith Yandle CA 6-2 203
    93. D Jeff May WHL 6-2 187
    94. D Paul Kurceba WHL 6-2 180
    95. C Evan Brophey OHL 6-1 194
    96. F Gennady Churilov QMJHL 6-0 174
    97. D Garrett Suter USHL 6-0 188
    98. F Paul Stastny NCAA 6-1 196
    99. D Marc-Edouard Vlasic QMJHL 6-1 190
    100. D Francois Bolduc QMJHL 6-4 223
    101. D Taylor Chourney SHA 5-11 182
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    107. G Tyler Plante WHL 6-3 191
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    109. D Steve Birnstill NCAA 6-2 187
    110. F Jordan Lavalle QMJHL 6-2 218
    111. F Mike Duco OHL 5-10 194
    112. D Nicholas Tuzzolino OHL 6-6 225
    113. F Stanislav Lascek QMJHL 6-0 191
    114. F Chris Vande Velde USHS 6-2 187
    115. D Juho Mielonen FIN 6-3 185
    116. F Tom Gorowsky USHL 6-0 189
    117. D Derek Joslin OHL 6-1 191
    118. D Alexander Hellstrom SWE 6-2 192
    119. F Justin Mercier USNDT 6-0 177
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    I have Kokkala really high, why do you have him so low?
     
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    duff? is that you?

    this is the exact same thing as duff's...i looked at it last night and this is the same as that...the lists are identical and i know that two people wouldnt have Repik at 89

    phony..unless youre duff or just quoting him then my apologies
     
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    Great work, and I really like how you included you projections from previous Drafts.

    Question though, is Luca Cunti's lack of defensive play, lack of willingness to play physical, and individualist attitude so bad that he's not a top-120 prospect?

    Given my team's drafting history of safe picks (Vancouver), I almost hope they take a chance on him. After AV and the coaching staff were able to get Jan Bulis to buy in and stop trying to stickhandle through entire teams he became a decently useful player. Maybe they could get through to Cunti too.
     
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    You went all the way to 80 with profiles, I'm hoping you can give me some insight on #100, Yakov Seleznev. What do you know?
     
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    I would not take Cunti myself until the late rounds as his attitude is horrid. He is very selfish and likes himself a little to much for my taste. His skill and flash are undeniable but will he ever be a coachable player? Will he buy into a system or be a liability who sees little ice time because of it?

    Seleznev is a good offensive defense prospect who is a long way from reaching his potential. His phisical game needs work as it is almost nonexsistent and he gets pushed around in his zone. He also can get spun around in his zone by skilled forwards as he gets caught playing the puck often. He has decent offensive skills and also a nice stride. He has a good accurate point shot and makes a good first pass. Could be a good one to keep an eye on for the future.
     
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    This is what Duff had to say about Cup's work

    And two pieces of advice for you:
    1. Apologize
    2. Do not rush to accuse people based on a "look". Take a closer look. Are they really the same or is it just Repik at 89 that bothers you?
     
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    Absolutely outstanding work. Great job.
     
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    i did apologize..somewhat..but i looked at the two and they were just about identical..they even had the same features like the look back and all of the profiles..and plus, i thought they looked alike at first and then i was thinking that if Repik was at 89 then there was something fishy, and there he was..and im not basing it on looks i compared the 2 side-by-side

    im not trying to be a d*ck, but i just thought they looked a little too much alike
     
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    wait a minute..i looked at that link..what the hell? did duff base his off of cups?


    -ok i feel like such a ******..im making this too big of a deal
     
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    Thank you for the info, I have been looking all over. Thank you.
    Hope to see you at the draft in Columbus.:cheers:
     
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    Oh boy, this is getting funny. I just checked, and there is no Repik on Duff's top 100 list. And the lists look nothing like each other. Are you sure you are not comparing Cup's list to itself thinking it's Duffs? :biglaugh: Oh, I haven't seen anything... hahaha... quite like this... AHAHAHA....... in awhile..... oh mercy, you are killing me...
     
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    did duff have a link to cup's on his? if he did i probably clicked it not knowing it was his..holy **** dude i already apologized and wanted to drop it...*** is wrong with you? :biglaugh: like seriously are you nuts? hahaha
     
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    I wonder if Cup and Duff and others who have posted comprehensive draft guides here might tell us which areas or players they actively scouted or viewed vs. those areas and players they've more or less gathered information on from other sources.

    I don't mean any disrespect by this but I think it would be helpful for readers because virtually no one sees all the players- even two-thirds is a rarity even for a full-time NHL scout.

    The services like McKeen's, ISS and Redline have teams of scouts- and budgets for them- so I know that pretty much everything they write is first hand.

    A crossover like Sharkie admits his USHL, USHS, NCAA emphasis. As for myself, this is an area I rarely see and tend to rely on other scouts' information.

    The thing is, a few (5 or 6 per 100 profiles) reports I've read by detailed draft posters here seem pretty off base to me, and while most of their profiles represent a pretty good consensus of what's out there on the net, I wonder if some of the off-base (IMO)descriptions are based upon other peoples' comments (largely because a good chunk of the profiles that I believe are off-base seem to come from one league/area).

    Also, knowing which area or league you specialize in lends even more credibility to your reports on players from that area.
     
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    I live in Sarnia, a border city in Ontario Canada one hour northeast of Detroit and three hours west of Toronto. I see mostly OHL games live with some NCAA as well.

    I do a lot of my scouting via the internet as well as well placed friends who give me heads up on peticular prospects that I may be overlooking and should have another look at.

    I make it a priority to look at (either via live viewings or video) each prospect that I think has some substance to be in my rankings. I try not to let my lows get to low and my highs get to high on any specific player as it can be easy to fall in love or really generate a hate for some prospects. I like to watch prospects because I love it.

    I hope you take my stuff as it is meant to be taken, my opinion, not as scripture.
     
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    Thanks. I thought your OHL profiles were pretty good by the way, so I had an inkling that you followed that league pretty closely.
     
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    my bad cup..sorry. your's was on duff's link and i just assumed it was duff's :dunce:
     

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