Talent Analysis Scout #1: He can bring you out of your seat. He has great abilities and great hands but after making some awesome plays, heíll disappear for three games. He made some moves with the puck this year that were just outstanding but I just donít know where his consistency was. He looks smaller than he is; heís really strong on his skates and when he runs into somebody you realize that heís not small. There is more here than we saw all year but at the U18ís he was very good.
Scout #2: Heís underrated. This is a heart and soul player and he has good offensive instincts. He can play both ways, in tight areas or in open ice. Heís a skilled player who is just coming into his own. You wish he had the size of his older brother but even though I donít think thatís going to happen, heís the type of kid that I wouldnít count out.
We've taken a purely North American set of players and I couldn't be more amazed with that. I guess the new rules really scared off a lot of the teams this year (either that or it was just a REALLY bad crop of EU's). I'll still say that I was a little disappointed that potentially talented, yet project guys like Mikus weren't picked up (fourth or fifth round even!).
It's about time, I'd say and no surprise that if you're looking for a lot of work ethic, that a draft choice maybe stays closer to home.
The times say: The hockey analyst Pierre McGuire, a former coach for the Hartford Whalers who is now with the Canadian sports cable channel TSN, said the Rangers' fourth-round pick, 18-year-old Tom Pyatt, could become known as the steal of the draft.
Taylor Pyatt, his brother, plays for the Buffalo Sabres. Tom Pyatt, a 5-11 center, had 18 goals and 30 assists in 57 games with the O.H.L.'s Saginaw Spirit last season. He was also among Canada's best performers at the last world under-20 tournament.