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04-05-2009, 07:09 PM
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The question that I ask is why wasn't this guy drafted before? He played decent in the AJHL from what I hear.
My guess is his height, weight, and size played a heavy role in his undrafted status. Someone else probably has a better explanation, but that's what I'm presuming taking into account his measurements.

I believe he's 6' / 6'2 and 175 pounds. I'm 8 inches shorter than he is, and I'm 10 pounds heavier.

.. don't know why I added that in there.

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04-05-2009, 07:13 PM
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Hockeydb has him at 6'0, 165lbs, so he was probably tiny when he was draft eligible. He's obviously gained a couple inches and about 15lbs since then so suddenly his frame looks like it's passable for the NHL. A summer of working with Dave Gagner and he should be in much better shape.

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Four years younger than Gilroy and similar NCAA production in their sophomore years.

I wonder how far along he is in his development compared to Ellington, both are '88 birth years.

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Will he play for the Moose now? What is the Moose defensive depth looking like right now, because Sauve and Ellington are practicing but not playing with them.

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04-05-2009, 07:23 PM
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Will he play for the Moose now? What is the Moose defensive depth looking like right now, because Sauve and Ellington are practicing but not playing with them.
Manitoba has:
Nolan Baumgartner
Travis Ehrhardt
Taylor Ellington
Zack Fitzgerald
Maxime Fortunus
Shaun Heshka
Nathan McIver
Daniel Rahimi
Travis Ramsey
Yann Sauve

plus Mark Fistric on the clear day roster and the AHL Rights to Jordie Benn, Patrick Coloumbe, Trevor Ludwig, and Dylan Yeo

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04-05-2009, 07:36 PM
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We could send him to Victoria right? They were missing some dmen awhile ago.

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04-05-2009, 07:45 PM
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Great signing with significant upside... I've heard nothing but great things from this guy both on and off the ice, a prototypical Gillis type player.

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Next year, however, we don't have Fortunus and Baumgartner, (Stars returning to their own AHL franchises) as well as Mark Fistric. And Nathan McIver might be promoted to a full-time 7th D role with the Canucks next year, depending on his training camp progress. Don't know whether Heshka will be retained, and Sauve will go back to junior.

So that list gets trimmed down to:
Travis Ehrhardt
Taylor Ellington
Zack Fitzgerald
Daniel Rahimi
Travis Ramsey
Evan Oberg

Floating around:
Shaun Heshka
Nathan McIver

Victoria/Manitoba in-betweens:
Jordie Benn
Patrick Coloumbe
Trevor Ludwig
Dylan Yeo

But yes, it's a rather crowded blueline for the rest of this season.

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04-05-2009, 08:02 PM
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As others have said, it's nice to see College UFA signigns again. I'm suprised we haven't lured thme in before. The Moose is run very similar to a NHL franchise (best in the AHL for luxury) so we have a lot to offer these guys in the AHL.

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I think Ehrhardt only signed a tryout contract.

Why wouldn't Baumgartner be back? We signed him, not Dallas.

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sounds like a no brainer, young D with good #s for $65K?
Does anyone know who is finding and schmoozing these guys to sign with the canucks?

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04-05-2009, 08:34 PM
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Don't expect much from these college kids, they were passed over twice in the entry draft.

Just saying.

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sounds like a no brainer, young D with good #s for $65K?
Does anyone know who is finding and schmoozing these guys to sign with the canucks?
not sure maybe Smyl since he is Director of Collegiate Scouting.

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I think Ehrhardt only signed a tryout contract.

Why wouldn't Baumgartner be back? We signed him, not Dallas.
Canucks did sign Baumgartner, but I believe it was only for 1 year - which would make him a UFA this summer? If that's the case he may or may be back; I like the depth he provides but he may get a chance to crack the NHL roster elsewhere.

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Don't expect much from these college kids, they were passed over twice in the entry draft.

Just saying.
There are no successful NHLers who were passed over in their draft years.

None.

No recent ones either.

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There are no successful NHLers who were passed over in their draft years.

None.

No recent ones either.
And no one grows after the age of 18 either.

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04-05-2009, 09:51 PM
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Don't expect much from these college kids, they were passed over twice in the entry draft.

Just saying.
Alex Burrows, Martin St-louis, Crutis Joseph. They arent from college but they all have successful career so far without being drafted

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And no one grows after the age of 18 either.
In fact, they typically lose weight and height and their skills go into decline after 18.

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In fact, they typically lose weight and height and their skills go into decline after 18.
but what is the reason that he wasnt being drafted though? Teams dont even make a risk to pick him up on the later round? why?

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but what is the reason that he wasnt being drafted though? Teams dont even make a risk to pick him up on the later round? why?
Who cares why he wasn't drafted? He was 18 three years ago. A lot can happen in that time period. It's what he brings to the table NOW that's making teams take notice.

And it was most likely because he was a 165 pound defenceman.

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There are no successful NHLers who were passed over in their draft years.

None.

No recent ones either.
I'm not saying there is no chance, I'm just saying keep your expectations low.

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I'm not saying there is no chance, I'm just saying keep your expectations low.
I don't think anyones expectations are high.

Its an essentially zero risk move with a potential for a low to low-medium reward.

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There are no successful NHLers who were passed over in their draft years.

None.

No recent ones either.
Incorrect. The first one that I can think of is Adam Oates. As his Wikipedia page notes:

After Rensselaer's NCAA championship season, Oates signed as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit Red Wings, with the richest rookie contract up to this time at $1 million over four years.

Given that Oates has over a 1000 points (including a 142 pt year) I would have to say that his career has to be graded as successful.

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Incorrect. The first one that I can think of is Adam Oates. As his Wikipedia page notes:

After Rensselaer's NCAA championship season, Oates signed as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit Red Wings, with the richest rookie contract up to this time at $1 million over four years.

Given that Oates has over a 1000 points (including a 142 pt year) I would have to say that his career has to be graded as successful.
I'm gonna say he was being sarcastic

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I like the career path on this kid. Big finish to his junior career, lost season to injury and being a college rookie that lets him get through the draft, and then comes back strong. If he can get big enough to handle NHL forwards, he might make it.

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