EHM 07 Be a Player - Draft Review
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01-11-2013, 10:59 PM
Join Date: May 2005
May 6th, 2007
Axelsen – Sitting in the 31st spot in the draft rankings, the versatile Axelsen is “a magician in creating plays” and is expected to be an impact player, long-term. A superb passer, the left winger finished his season with Jokerit A-Jrs and is waiting for the NHL draft at home. In 32 games, he scored 19 goals and added 23 assists, finishing a +30. A key forward for the team, he averaged a hair under 22 minutes of ice time a game.
Azzaroni – The 17-year-old Azzaroni had a season to forget, but at least he has another full year before he is draft eligible. Playing in 64 games for the Brampton Battalion, he tallied just 3 goals and 2 assists and finished with an average of 8:11 a game of ice time. A Western Conference NHL scout recently said that, although he has great poise and speed to burn, he is a prospect with limited potential.
Bettman – The 79th ranked Bettman is capable of stealing games, as long as shooters only go for his glove hand. The 6’3” North Dakota-bound goaltender played for a terrible Des Moines Buccaneers team, ending the season with a 17-31-4 record, a 3.51 goals against average, and a .883 save percentage.
Cann – The highest-ranked player in our spotlight, Mexi Cann is settled into the 14th spot in the rankings. Playing an offensive-minded game, the 6’2” playmaker scored 36 goals in 64 games for the Quebec Remparts, adding 32 assists to boot. His goal total led the team, and he finished second in points behind Grigorenko’s 81.
Donahue – Will Pheelicks Donahue’s big slapshot and team-first attitude be enough to get him to the NHL some day? That’s the question that scouts have of the 82nd ranked skater, a 6’6” beast of a player from Halifax, Nova Scotia. An excellent stickhandler with a laser of a wrist shot, it is Donahue’s hockey sense that could hold him back. He finished with 14 goals and 15 assists in 69 games for the Mooseheads.
Dover – After 70 games with the London Knights, Ben Dover ended the season with 21 points, on the strength of 13 goals. Scouts like his leadership abilities and his hustle on the ice, but think his potential is limited. He is unranked for the upcoming NHL Draft.
Duddy – The Las Vegas native has great speed and a dangerous shot selection, but he still didn’t quite put up the numbers expected of him at the beginning of the season. Playing in 70 games for the Red Deer Rebels, Duddy scored 22 goals and added 20 assists, but finished a -14. The 6’2” winger of Austrian heritage is ranked 73rd in the final NHL rankings.
Pole – The grinding Dick Pole [someone shoot me now] is regarded as a good-to-excellent long term prospect. He has been called a fantastic two-way talent, forechecking extremely well, and has “scary” physical strength. Eligible for the draft next season, Pole had 14 goals and 7 assists for the Portland Winterhawks, playing in 70 games.
Rose – Incredibly strong and remarkably tall, the Koln Haie center is ranked 60th for the upcoming draft. He is a great passer and sets a predictably massive screen on the power play. While his individual skills and intangibles all look very solid, scouts question his long-term potential. The two-way center finished with 9 goals and 15 points in 42 games for the DEL franchise.
Stig – The 6’5” British defender was recently called a good, long-term prospect. In 57 games with the Windsor Spitfires, he tallied 6 goals and 13 assists, along with 58 minutes of penalties. Scouts love his confidence with the puck and his intimidation factor. His size, hockey sense, and defense are all top notch. He could be the best pure defensive defenseman in next year’s NHL draft.
Von Hinten – The big German slipped slightly in the final rankings, dropping to 18th, but that doesn’t stop scouts from loving his impressive skating and playmaking abilities. The 6’3” Spokane Chiefs forward registered 30 goals and 20 assists in 63 games, with a phenomenal 26 of those points coming with the man advantage.
If there are any real players you guys want an update on, now’s the time of the season to ask.
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