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06-27-2009, 08:26 PM
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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.
Hmmm, thats gotta make you wonder. Especially with him being drafted by the Canucks. Would the Giants protect him for no apparent reason?

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06-27-2009, 08:32 PM
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I like the fact that he's a very good skater. Our system/team needs more player that are swift/smoothe skaters. It's too bad we won't get to see him at camp this year and probably not the next because it would be interesting to see how he stacks up to some of our other defensive "prospects"

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06-27-2009, 08:40 PM
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Didn't realize that he put up some really good numbers in the AJHL before going to Western Michigan

as a 17 year old: 56gp 13g 32a 45p 59 PIM 2nd highest scoring defenseman (guy above him was a 20 year old)

Any reason he wasn't picked in last years draft?


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06-27-2009, 08:49 PM
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Didn't realize that he put up some really good numbers in the AJHL before going to Western Michigan

as a 17 year old: 56gp 13g 32a 45p 59 PIM

Any reason he wasn't picked in last years draft?
With numbers like those it could be very possible he hit a growth spurt.

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06-27-2009, 08:56 PM
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He scored a hatrick in a AJHL playoff game, damn that's impressive at any level for a 17 year old defenseman.

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Player comparison? Never heard of this guy before.

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06-27-2009, 10:11 PM
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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
Compares to Matt Niskanen?

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06-28-2009, 12:22 AM
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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.
Hahaha I hope we draft Wes Vannieuwenhuizen

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06-28-2009, 04:11 PM
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Wow, that's awesome. Would sure be nice to have him right in our back yard, and would allow the Canucks to be really hands on with his development.

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06-28-2009, 04:45 PM
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I wonder what would be better for his development? On one hand he's playing big minutes against tough competition in the NCAA, but on the other hand WMU isn't exactly a hockey prospect factory while he'd play for a great coaching staff in Vancouver.

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I wonder what would be better for his development? On one hand he's playing big minutes against tough competition in the NCAA, but on the other hand WMU isn't exactly a hockey prospect factory while he'd play for a great coaching staff in Vancouver.
It also would largely depend on how involved the Canucks could be with his development at WMU. I would wager that Gillis and management want him in Vancouver so that they can be more involved with his development. They have to think that wherever they can be most involved in his development is where it is best for him to develop.

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06-28-2009, 06:27 PM
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http://ncaabbs.com/showthread.php?tid=352425

Interesting forum post about one of the games he played in.

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06-29-2009, 12:52 AM
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oh **** , Vancouver Giants already have a history of developing awesome defencemens. It be insanity if he played for Vancouver, this guy will be the star player just because of who he was drafted by.

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06-29-2009, 02:11 AM
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Article on Connauton and Anthony from Gillis and Gradin. Also, Gradin has been made our associate head scout. Rejoice.

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Pair of picks from later rounds has Gillis & Company excited

Team’s high on one late bloomer and a comeback case


One day after feeling they stole a diamond with the 22nd pick of the National Hockey League entry draft, the Vancouver Canucks figure they unearthed some gems in later rounds Saturday in Montreal.

The Canucks addressed an organizational need by drafting three defencemen on Saturday, but general manager Mike Gillis and associate head scout Thomas Gradin were excited about two picks in particular.

With their third-round pick, the Canucks chose Edmonton defenceman Kevin Connauton, a late-bloomer from Western Michigan University who was passed over in last year’s draft.

And in the seventh round, Gillis traded minor-leaguer Shaun Heshka to the Phoenix Coyotes for the draft pick that allowed the Canucks to choose Saint John, N.B., winger Steven Anthony.

“We made that deal specifically to get Anthony,” Gillis said. “He has had a couple of hiccups, but he scored incredibly high on our intelligence testing and our character assessment.

“We felt he was most definitely worth a seventh-round pick to get him into our group and work with him.

Gillis said Anthony, who is 6-2 and had 48 points in 67 games last season in the Quebec League, rededicated himself to hockey after a suspect work ethic saw him slide off the draft radar.

“I think he just made some common teenage errors on judgement in terms of training and other things,” Gillis said. “But he’s really made some positive steps. He really was over the top in some of our testing areas.”

Gradin said Connauton could become a smaller version of Alex Edler, the mobile, crisp-passing Swede the Canuck scout discovered in a Third Division men’s league prior to the 2004 draft.

“Connauton is a guy who has already played one year of college and is a year older than most guys,” Gradin said.

“He’s a very good skater and his puck-moving abilities are really, really good. He might be the biggest sleeper, even though he was our third pick.”

On Friday, the Canucks chose University of Minnesota centre Jordan Schroeder, an offensive dynamo who was ranked fifth in North America by NHL Central Scouting but slipped to 22nd due to his size of 5-8 and 178 pounds.

Gillis said he was pleased with the cross-section — they took two wingers, three defencemen, one centre and a goalie — of players drafted by the Canucks.

“They’re all players that we targeted and liked,” he said.

Gradin added: “Five years from now, we’ll know how they turned out to be.”
http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/P...335/story.html

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06-29-2009, 11:32 AM
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Good article windflare. Here's another I found on ESPN:

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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.
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=4294031

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Good article windflare. Here's another I found on ESPN:



http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=4294031
see post #32

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Err, how did I miss that? I think all this stuff about the Giants distracted me, haha.

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Has anybody seen a Delorme quote on any of these players yet?

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The papers have been getting quotes from Gradin on everyone. Maybe he's the de facto chief scout now?

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Has anybody seen a Delorme quote on any of these players yet?
Would you really want to? That's like the kiss of death.

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Would you really want to? That's like the kiss of death.
Indeed...I'd rather hear about how the players did outside of practices and warmups.

On the one hand, I think it'd be great for Connauton to stay in the WCHA and continue to develop against a high calibre of competition. On the other, I'd love for him to be right in our back yard with the Giants which would also mean he'd have the benefit of being able to play in training camps and preseason games without nixing his eligibility.

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06-29-2009, 12:06 PM
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sounds like this guy has a lot more potential than Sauve. i don't want to beat up on Sauve but I just never got that pick.

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The papers have been getting quotes from Gradin on everyone. Maybe he's the de facto chief scout now?
Gradin is the 'associate' head scout still, along with Ray Payne in the east side, scouting the OHL. Delorme is still the 'Chief Amateur Scout - though I heard something about him being directed towards a focus on western scouting, after Dave Gagner became the Director for Personnel Development.

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The papers have been getting quotes from Gradin on everyone. Maybe he's the de facto chief scout now?
I would guess this is probably the case. Allows us to give Gradin all the input without firing Delorme. In any case it's a long overdue move.

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Gradin is the 'associate' head scout still, along with Ray Payne in the east side, scouting the OHL. Delorme is still the 'Chief Amateur Scout - though I heard something about him being directed towards a focus on western scouting, after Dave Gagner became the Director for Personnel Development.
Oh wow, thats just got me thrilled.

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