Third Round Pick: Canucks Select Kevin Connauton
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06-29-2009, 12:32 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Good article windflare. Here's another I found on ESPN:
Just seven current college players were taken, including three from the CCHA. The highest pick among them was Western Michigan defenseman Kevin Connauton, a sophomore-to-be in the fall and a CCHA All-Rookie Honorable Mention last season. He was picked in the third round, 83rd overall by the Vancouver Canucks.
Connauton had an impressive freshman year at Western Michigan, helping to bring playoff hockey to Lawson Arena with a reliable game in his own zone and his fair share of offensive flair. He steadily improved throughout the year and became a blueliner of note around the conference.
Connauton has a reputation for being extremely diligent in his preparation on and off the ice and for having excellent hockey sense on the blue line.
All of the pieces are there for Connauton, and a few more years at Western Michigan -- assumedly with progressing leadership responsibility -- will help him fill out physically and combine all the strong parts of his game on a consistent basis, especially given the strides he made throughout this past season.
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