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06-27-2009, 10:08 AM
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Third Round Pick: Canucks Select Kevin Connauton

His stat line as a freshman:

2008-09 Stats
HT WT Team GP G A Pts PIM +/-
6-1 185 Western Michigan (CCHA) 40 7 11 18 44 1

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Connauton, an offensive-minded defenseman, and fellow recruit Lucas Isley both hail from Alberta. The last freshman from Alberta to make his debut for the Broncos was Mark Letestu in 2006-07. He later went on to lead the Broncos in scoring and win CCHA Freshman of the Year.
http://www.wmubroncos.com/ViewArticl...ATCLID=1592514

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6'1 185

Western Michigan

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back to the NCAA...

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article...009_nhl_draft/

top 7 NCAA prospects for this draft:

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Kevin Connauton, D
Freshman, Western Michigan University
6’1, 185
Feb. 23, 1990

Connauton may be one of the best young defensemen that no one is talking about. But the rookie rearguard has certainly been one of the bright spots for the Broncos thus far. In 16 games, the Edmonton native has posted eight points (two goals, six assists). His eight points is tied for the team lead in defensive scoring. Connauton also leads Western Michigan with a plus-3 and averages roughly 25 minutes of ice time per game.

Connauton is an offensive defenseman with great poise and patience with the puck. He is also an outstanding skater who transitions quite well, adding a more mobile dimension to the Broncos blueline.

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back to the NCAA...

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article...009_nhl_draft/

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I like this report.

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All season I thought Connauton was slightly under-ranked by Central Scouting, maybe because he plays for a struggling program or maybe because he was relatively unheard of before entering college. Regardless, I am putting myself on the line as saying he WILL be drafted despite a ranking that puts him anywhere between a wild card and unlikely to be drafted. He is strong in two areas scouts put a premium on: his skating and his hands; and he is strong in an area general managers put a premium on: work ethic.
http://broncohockey.blogspot.com/200...k-on-rise.html

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8. Kevin Connauton, D
Freshman, Western Michigan University
Ht./Wt.: 6’1/185
DOB: 2/23/90
CS ranking: 202nd

Connauton earned an honorable mention to the CCHA All-Rookie team after finishing second on the team in defensive scoring with 17 points (seven games, ten assists) in 38 games. He was a regular on the Broncos power play and logged upwards of 20-30 minutes of ice time per game.

Connauton is a smooth-skating offensive-minded defenseman with very good on-ice vision. While not overly physical, he will play the body when necessary. He is a very good skater with good foot speed. Connauton possesses great poise and patience with the puck and can be quite creative with it as well. He can also quarterback the power play too. Adding size and strength to his frame along with improving his one-on-one positioning will go a long way to aiding his future success.

Western Michigan head coach Jim Culhane on Connauton: “Kevin came in and impressed immediately. He came here and was in fantastic physical shape. He had prepared himself diligently and he just continued to make strides all year. I think some of Kevin’s best assets are his offensive instincts and his ability to make plays from the blueline. I think what Kevin has to work on right now is just becoming a complete player.”
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Sounds like he was quite under-rated, considering how well he played in his freshman year. Interesting.

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Another guy just a bit older than the rest, he has already celebrated his 19th birthday.

An off the radar pick, should be interesting to watch. I guess Vancouver just doesnt like the CHL anymore, but then again, isnt that where Delorme hangs his hat?

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~.5 PPG playing top pairing minutes as a freshman is a pretty impressive.

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I am happy with this selection. So far we've put an emphasis on skill.

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I am happy with this selection. So far we've put an emphasis on skill.
I'm happy as well.

Our NCAA scouts are solid.


Wonder why Rajala is falling like a rock.

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~.5 PPG playing top pairing minutes as a freshman is a pretty impressive.
Great work ethic, rookie playing 20-30 minutes per game, AND getting 14 points in a season with a plus 7 despite being stuck on a bad team. This guy is a sleeper pick, despite being 19.

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Great work ethic, rookie playing 20-30 minutes per game, AND getting 14 points in a season with a plus 7 despite being stuck on a bad team. This guy is a sleeper pick, despite being 19.
Sure sounds good eh

Is he playing on the under jr team?

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I'm happy as well.

Our NCAA scouts are solid.


Wonder why Rajala is falling like a rock.
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I'm happy as well.

Our NCAA scouts are solid.


Wonder why Rajala is falling like a rock.
More like Rajala is falling like a paper weight

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I'm happy as well.

Our NCAA scouts are solid.


Wonder why Rajala is falling like a rock.
I like it as well, our NCAA scouts have given us some good players over the years. Hopefully Connauton continues in that vein, Schroeder too, of course.

And if Rajala continues to fall, I really hope we snap him up...

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I like this selection more so than the last one.

I'm still confused with the Rodin pick actually... seems like a small player with boom/bust top 6 potential. Considering the assets in this organization, I would have thought they'd go after some size, and pay more attention to defense.

They drafted a much better similar player with the 1st pick, and have guys like Grabner and Shirokov coming up... and Raymond in the lineup now as well.

I'm sure Gradin saw something in this guy, but as far as organizational needs go, Connauton seems like a logical pick, Rodin didn't.

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It sure would be nice if Bubnick dropped to us @ 112, it be nice to watch one of our prospects whenever I wanted to. Good size and great shot, needs Gagne to set his conditioning straight

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It sure would be nice if Bubnick dropped to us @ 112, it be nice to watch one of our prospects whenever I wanted to. Good size and great shot, needs Gagne to set his conditioning straight
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I like this selection more so than the last one.

I'm still confused with the Rodin pick actually... seems like a small player with boom/bust top 6 potential. Considering the assets in this organization, I would have thought they'd go after some size, and pay more attention to defense.

They drafted a much better similar player with the 1st pick, and have guys like Grabner and Shirokov coming up... and Raymond in the lineup now as well.

I'm sure Gradin saw something in this guy, but as far as organizational needs go, Connauton seems like a logical pick, Rodin didn't.
I think in the case of Rodin, someone hit the nail on the head by saying you draft a player with talent, who can play hockey, and help him develop the rest. Kind of like the Detroit model. Rodin seems to have a ton of high end offensive skill, so I'm pretty pleased with it, especially when you contrast it against the picks of Schroeder and Connauton. Connauton seems to have flown under the radar a bit, but a strong skating, two-way defensemen is just what the doctor ordered for this organization.

I also like that we've avoided Delorme's back yard to this stage in the game...

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hahaha sorry Tim I meant Gagner

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I'm sure Gradin saw something in this guy, but as far as organizational needs go, Connauton seems like a logical pick, Rodin didn't.
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not sure what to make of this pick . the guy i really wanted was chosen by boston 3 picks later, sound like a decent pick

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Not a lot of info available on this guy, but from what I've been able to find, he reminds me of Bieksa, and not just because they're both obscure NCAA Ds named Kevin. Though that profile windflare posted up above says he's not very physical, which makes his PIM number kind of alarming.

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Not a lot of info available on this guy, but from what I've been able to find, he reminds me of Bieksa, and not just because they're both obscure NCAA Ds named Kevin. Though that profile windflare posted up above says he's not very physical, which makes his PIM number kind of alarming.
It's hard to predict how college defenseman will translate to the Pro's. If you look at Bieksa's stats they weren't very impressive in college other than the PIM totals
They are however impressive when you look at the lack of talent on the Bowling Green team. Still, you would've never figured that he would have the potential to be a 40-50 point defenseman at the NHL level. Meanwhile Brett Skinner seemed to have a higher offensive potential given his career at Denver, but his talents didn't translate well at the next level.

Guess we will find out in a few years, and Oberg's case next season in the AHL.

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I just noticed that he's been protected by the giants ealier this season. second player down.

http://www.vancouvergiants.com/team_system.htm

If the Giants like him enough to protect him, hes got to have some game in him.

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