NHL Prospect - Dion Knelson - 07 Draft Sleeper Pick

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  1. mapletoft

    mapletoft Registered User

    Jan 3, 2006
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    Take a look at an underrated 2007 Draft prospect in Dion Knelsen. Could be
    the sleeper of the draft because of limited viewing by NHL scouts. Played on Canada's U18 Team last month in Finland.


    He may be the youngest player playing in the CCHA this season and the youngest to have ever donned the jersey of the University of Alaska Nanooks, but Dion Knelsen is a player whose maturity and approach to the game far exceeds his tender age. The Three Hills, AB native just turned 18 on Jan. 4.

    “The biggest thing about Dion is that he came in as a 17-year-old, so I have to stop and remind myself of that sometimes,†said University of Alaska head coach Tavis MacMillan in a December interview with Hockey’s Future. “Maturity-wise, Dion is way beyond his years. On the ice, off the ice and in the classroom, this kid has been special. There are very few student-athletes in college athletics as gifted as Dion is.â€

    Knelsen came to the University of Alaska from the AJHL’s Drumheller Dragons, where he posted 74 points (39 goals, 35 assists) in 60 games in 2005-06. In his only season with the Dragons, Knelsen was named to the South Division Team at the 2006 AJHL All-Star game. He concluded the season with being named Drumheller’s Rookie of the Year and was selected to the AJHL All-Rookie Team. Knelsen was also runner-up for the AJHL Rookie of the Year.
  2. Traktor*

    Traktor* Guest

    He sounds intriguing... definitely the type of "character" player that Edmonton usually targets.

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