Mac's Midget prospects

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  1. HockeyMind9

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    I'm not sure how well known this tournament is but it's in Calgary and one of the biggest Midget tournaments (similar to the Telus Cup).

    The Finals were yesterday and here's some names that stuck out. It was between Notre Dame and Russian Severstal.

    Anyone think these guys can become legitimate prospects or even NHLers? Or is it too early to tell.

    Notre Dame
    James Henry (Vancouver Giants own his rights)
    Rylan Schwartz (really impressive with well rounded game, good hands too)
    John Esposito (Angelo's brother, looks good but not as skilled as Angelo)
    Mathieu LaRochelle (the winning goalie)
    Brayden McNabb (big defenseman)
    Kyle Bigos (another big defense)

    Russian Severstal
    Andrey Smirnov (skilled but dives a ton)
    Maxim Trunev (great hands, knock is he likes to hold onto the puck too much)
    Nikolai Kazakovtsev
    Dimitry Potapkin
    Alexey Trandin
    Nikolay Kostichkin

    Calgary Royals
    Steven Stanford (goalie)

    Anyone have thoughts on these guys? I think most guys draft years are still a few years away.
     
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    Dmitri Potapkin is eligible for the 2007 draft and is ranked 13th amongst Russians in the preliminary CSS rankings.

    Nikolai Kostichkin is also eligible for the 2007 draft and is ranked 23rd amongst Russians.

    Anyone know if any of the others 07 eligible?
     
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    All I know is two of the ND guys, James Henry, he's '09 eligible, while Esosito is a late-born '91, maing him eligible for the 2010 draft.
     
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    you might be leaving one of the biggest prospects off that list...Brandon Gormley who is 14 years old playing for the Notre Dame AAA team has 8 points in 9 games in AAA. People are comparing him to Scott Niedermayer, already slated to go 1st overall in next years QMJHL draft.
     
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    Gormley didn't play at the Mac's. ;)
     
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    oh really...I just assumed since he was called up to the AAA squade.
     
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    I've been following Sanford since Bantam. Technically sound keeper, does well with a small workload, keeps his pads tight on low shots and never lets a squeaker by. He reminds me a lot of Turco stylistically.

    As for the NHL... the big thing with someone who's always played on very good teams is how well he faces sudden changes in momentum against his squad. Since I've never seen Sanford in a game in which his team isn't a notch above the competition, it's tough for me to evaluate whether or not he can. He also needs to challenge more, although he fills the net as it is.

    Ultimately, he has the sound fundamentals to be a potential NHL draftee. Everything else is up to him.
     
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    i know a couple of kids that were on the AAA Flames team

    Gage Olsen
    Adam Grier
     
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    I used to play with him in minor hockey. What does his future in hockey look like? I've heard he's about top 2 goalie in Alberta but is he good enough to get drafted in the NHL and be a starter for Prince Albert next year?
     
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    Steven Stanford had a really good camp this year in P.A. P.A also has David Aime and Tyler Esau as young goalies too so one of them might have to be moved next year to make room.
     
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    At this point does it look like any of them have the upper hand? And will they be fighting for the back up spot only or is there a chance they can be the starter?
     
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    Gormley was invited to play with the midget team, but declined. He chose to go home for Christmas.
     

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