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Canucks select D Patrick McNally - 4th Round, 115th Overall



2009/2010 - MILTON ACADEMY MUSTANGS - USHS - 28GP - 14G - 21A - 35PTS
Coach's Comments:
Milton Academy's leading scorer gets more impressive all the time. Ranked 40th in Central Scouting's final list, the Glen Head, N.Y. native is Harvard-bound after one more year of prep hockey – a year in which he would gladly eschew all personal achievements in favor of a New England Prep Elite Eight title.

Whether he likes it or not, the awards may follow. This year's New England Prep School Defenseman of the Year and U.S. Hockey Report Prep Defenseman of the Year could probably suit up for most D-I teams here and now. For McNally and Milton head coach Paul Cannata, next year is all about fine-tuning and getting the most out of one more season.

"He's a strong skater on the back end, good puck skills and vision, poise almost to a fault with the puck," said Cannata. "He's got a high level of puck comfort. He loves going on offense, loves to create offense, loves to play on his toes. He plays with energy, he's a good kid, a good student."

CSB Remarks:
NHL Central Scouting's Gary Eggleston
“Pat is an offensive defenseman whose strength is in rushing the puck and putting constant pressure on the defense. He is a very good skater with mobility, speed and quickness. His skating skills and quick hands allow him to escape trouble and move the puck quickly out of danger. In the defensive zone he has very good lateral mobility and closes quickly on the puck carrier, forcing him into quick decisions or mistakes. He is an excellent passer whose passes are accurate and proper for the situation. Doesn't play a physical game, but relies on quick stick and smarts to gain puck possession.”

McNally named US Hockey Report Prep Defensemen of the Year
McNally, a new junior at Milton Academy this year, arrived on the scene with little advanced fanfare, but by the end of the Flood-Marr Tournament, was the talk of the scouting community.

A 6'2", 180 lb. Glen Head, Long Island native, McNally is a product of the Suffolk PAL program—Eric Nystrom, Chris Higgins, Mike Komisarek, James Marcou and many others are among those who preceded McNally through coach Alexi Nikiforov's highly-regarded program.

McNally's size, athleticism, agility and passion for jumping into the offense and taking it end-to-end caught the eyes of scouts, fans and opponents. For Milton, he was the missing ingredient, an offensive blueliner who could jump-start Milton's attack—and often finishing it by lighting the lamp at the other end. He gave Milton a flair, and helped make the Mustangs an extremely entertaining team to watch.

Will play at Harvard in the NCAA next year or the year after.

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