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11-30-2011, 06:40 AM
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He's been pretty vocal in spurning the CHL. He's hell bent on Vermont and doesn't seem to give a damn what anybody thinks about it. Personally I respect the hell out that. GMs may not find it so commendable, however.
He said he would have reported to Quebec though.

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Had an odd dream last night that the Yotes drafted Nicolas Kerdiles. No idea why my subconscious is already worried about the draft haha.

Kerdiles seems like a solid pick, though. Big, hard working power forward prospect from California, head to Wisco by way of the USA program in Michigan. Seen as already big and powerful, but a renowned gym rat and often complimented on his work ethic and desire. Leads the US team in goals, but his strength is said to be his defensive game. I've read he can play all forward positions, but is being used as a center, which is where he wants to be ultimately. Apparently he's excellent along the boards and in the crease. Loves to mix it up and score dirty goals.

I like tue scouting reports. We seem to like kids who are dedicated enough to move long distances and bounce around. They should ne al about desire and character given some of our recent embarrassments. Seems like this kid fits the bill. Whether he goes the way of JT Miller or the way of Boone Jenner, however, remains to be seen.

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Kitchener Rangers Czech import Radek Faska, who took over the spot vacated by Colorado Avalanche rookie Gabriel Landeskog this season, has really impressed after not being on the radar of many scouts before this season.

Faska has provided Kitchener with a consistent offensive and physical threat up front and may even supplant teammate Matia Marcantuoni as the Rangers’ top draft eligible performer before too long. He displays an impressive combination of size, skill and mobility. Faska sees the ice well in the offensive zone, and distributed the puck quickly and with intelligence.

With a lot of intangibles that NHL teams covet and his showings early this season, Faska has some thinking a first round ranking or selection would not be a stretch.
Maloney likes the Kitchener Rangers. Hanzal, Vrbata and Klesla are all top players for us. Most of us want a Center picked in the first round. This guy might be my early favourite.

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Tomas Hertl is another big Czech player. Had a very hot start (12pts in 12gp) in the best men's league in his nation. He's cooled off since putting in only a handful of points in his last dozen or so. If I recall, though, he's still leading his team in scoring.

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Faksa is a good pick for an early favorite. With our reported interest in Nelson and Hayes, I could see Kerdiles as likely. Doubt Aberg falls, but Collberg might. Don't think Girgensons will fall either.

Should also mention big Stefan*Matteau**who has several things going for him that we've seen management seek out recently. First is blood lines. His dad is Stephane Matteau. The younger Matteau is also a get large, athletic kid. Hard nosed power forward type. Committed to UND(best D1 talent development of the last eight years) but likely open to the CHL, seeing as how he's lived in like nine cities. Big bad rough and tumble forward with some skill. Not unlike Hayes, Nelson, Brown, Lane, etc.

Speaking of big D1 talent, we've seemed to have gone for Wolverines frequently at the draft table over the years. Phil Di Giuseppe is leading Michigan in goal scoring while playing in what should be his senior year in high school. It's quite rare kids his age even get to play in games, let alone enjoy so much success.


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12-19-2011, 10:50 PM
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Last five first rounds:

2006:
Mueller(F)-->Rozsival(D)
Summers(D)

2007:
Turris(F)-->Rundblad(D)
Ross(D)

2008:
Boedker(F)
Tikhonov(F)

2009:
OEL(D)

2010:
Gormley(D)
Visentin(G)

2011:
Murphy(D)


Eight picks, two forwards left, one will never pan out. We have only Boedker to show up front for the last half decade.

Time for a forward.

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12-19-2011, 10:56 PM
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Yes, it's definitely time for a forward. The way the International Scouting has the kids ranked, the following are falling into the space where the Coyotes should be selecting.

Frk, Girgensons, Galchenyuk

Now, Galchenyuk will probably still go top 10, but I'm very interested in getting Girgensons or Frk, but I'd lean towards Girgensons.

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12-19-2011, 11:30 PM
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Yes, it's definitely time for a forward. The way the International Scouting has the kids ranked, the following are falling into the space where the Coyotes should be selecting.

Frk, Girgensons, Galchenyuk

Now, Galchenyuk will probably still go top 10, but I'm very interested in getting Girgensons or Frk, but I'd lean towards Girgensons.
Had a chance to watch Phil Di Giuseppe recently. Very intriguing talent. Silky smooth hands. His teammate Chris Brown, by the way, is progressing very well. kid plays the game with violent aggression. He will be a fan favorite.

The two of them having a laugh:
http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?desktop...LY1tKYBc&gl=US


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12-20-2011, 11:00 AM
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Had a chance to watch Phil Di Giuseppe recently. Very intriguing talent. Silky smooth hands. His teammate Chris Brown, by the way, is progressing very well. kid plays the game with violent aggression. He will be a fan favorite.

The two of them having a laugh:
http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?desktop...LY1tKYBc&gl=US
I couldn't open that - maybe it's the mobile addy? Is it the video of the two of them on 'meet the freshmen'? Pretty funny.

Wonder if Brown's gonna go pro next year. Didn't they push him pretty hard to sign this past offseason? His numbers have improved too. What does he project as?

Di Giuseppe jumped onto TSN's Craigslist to #31 this past list. That would make him the first pick...of the 2nd round. Good thing he practiced his acceptance speech and pose.

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Someone that is expected to be a later 1st rd choice is Henrik Samuelsson and yes he is related to Ulf. He is Ulf's son. I actually went to high school with him and his older brother Philip here in AZ (Notre Dame Prep). From everyone I have talked to he seems to be on a quicker journey to the NHL than Phil.

Interesting note, I played high school hockey for NDP and our head coach was and still is Mark Ciaccio, the power skating coach for the Coyotes and he is well aware of the talent Henrik has. Could be interesting to see if we will take him given the chance.

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12-20-2011, 11:56 AM
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If we are looking at US kids, it looks to me like Stefan Matteau is everything Henrik Samuelsson is supposed to be.

Either way, given Wheeler, Mueller, and Turris, character should be a paramount consideration at the draft table.

Sissons could fit that bill.

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12-20-2011, 12:07 PM
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If anything, I would think the Turris situation makes them put less weight on "character." Turris has tons of character. He's a good kid. But he still completely mishandled this situation.

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If anything, I would think the Turris situation makes them put less weight on "character." Turris has tons of character. He's a good kid. But he still completely mishandled this situation.
There is an element of entitlement in that holdout. Willingness to work for minutes is definitely something I would ask during the interview process.

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There is an element of entitlement in that holdout. Willingness to work for minutes is definitely something I would ask during the interview process.
Yeah, but these kids are so well coached on how to speak in interviews.

I meant doing homework on character. I remember when Chris Summers was picks our scouts mentioned they asked a bunch of kids from the usa team who they would most want to share a fox hole with in battle. Every single kid had the same answer; Chris Summers.

Colton Sissons is already team captain in Kelowna. He's renowned as one of the better captains in the Dub, as well.

I'm not talking "Awe schucks" character. I'm talking about wide spread reputation stemming from hard work and guts. Kyle Chipchura had it and was a bust, so its not a perfect system. I'm just tired of hating our own picks based on behavior.

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Here's the Dec. 2011 top-30 rankings from RLR. Forward names bolded. At far right of table is how many spots up or down the player's ranking changed from last month:

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1Nail Yakupov (injured)FL5.11180Oct 6, 1993Sarnia StingRUSOHLSAME
2 Ryan Murray (injured) D L 6.00 182 Sep 27, 1993 Everett Silvertips CAN WHLSAME
3 Filip Forsberg F R 6.01 176 Aug 13, 1994 Leksand SWE SuperElitSAME
4 Mikhail Grigorenko F L 6.02 192 May 16, 1994 CSKA Moscow RUS MHLUP 1
5 Mathew Dumba D R 5.11 172 Jul 25, 1994 Red Deer Rebels CAN WHLUP 2
6 Zemgus Girgensons F L 6.01 182 Jan 5, 1994 Dubuque Fighting Saints LAT USHLUP 2
7 Morgan Rielly (injured) D L 6.00 190 Mar 9, 1994 Moose Jaw Warriors CAN WHLDOWN 1
8 Pontus Åberg F R 5.11 183 Sep 23, 1993 Djurgården SWE SuperElitUP 6
9 Alex Galchenyuk (injured) F L 6.00 185 Feb 12, 1994 Sarnia Sting RUS OHLSAME
10 Jacob Trouba D R 6.01 183 Feb 26, 1994 USA NTDP U17 USA  UP 7
11 Sebastian Collberg F R 6.00 180 Feb 23, 1994 Frölunda SWE SuperElitSAME
12 Griffin Reinhart D L 6.04 202 Jan 24, 1994 Edmonton Oil Kings CAN WHLDOWN 2
13 Henrik Samuelsson F R 6.02 192 Feb 7, 1994 MoDo USA SELDOWN 9
14 Olli Määttä D L 6.01 198 Aug 22, 1994 D Team / FIN U20 FIN MestisDOWN 2
15 Damon Severson D R 6.01 188 Aug 7, 1994 Kelowna Rockets CAN WHLSAME
16 Nick Ebert D R 6.00 195 May 11, 1994 Windsor Spitfires USA OHLDOWN 3
17 Slater Koekkoek (injured) D L 6.02 180 Feb 18, 1994 Peterborough Petes CAN OHLDOWN 1
18 Gianluca Curcuruto D L 6.01 187 Feb 25, 1994 SSM Greyhounds CAN OHLSAME
19 Jordan Schmaltz D R 6.02 175 Oct 8, 1993 Sioux City Musketeers USA USHLSAME
20 Derrick Pouliot D L 5.11 192 Jan 16, 1994 Portland Winterhawks CAN WHLSAME
21 Cody Ceci D R 6.02 203 Dec 21, 1993 Ottawa 67's CAN OHLSAME
22 Matt Finn D L 6.00 197 Feb 24, 1994 Guelph Storm CAN OHLUP 60
23 Brendan Gaunce F L 6.02 205 Mar 25, 1994 Belleville Bulls CAN OHLSAME
24 Andrei Vasilevski GK L 6.03 200 Jul 25, 1994 Ufa RUS MHLSAME
25 Oscar Dansk GK L 6.02 183 Feb 28, 1994 Brynäs SWE SuperElitSAME
26 Radek Faksa F L 6.02 183 Jan 9, 1994 Trinec CZE Cze U20UP 2
27 Martin Frk (injured) F R 5.11 190 Oct 5, 1993 Halifax Mooseheads CZE QMJHLDOWN 1
28 Scott Kosmachuk F R 6.00 182 Jan 24, 1994 Guelph Storm CAN OHLDOWN 2
29 Teuvo Teräväinen F L 5.10 161 Sep 11, 1994 Jokerit FIN Jr.ADOWN 2
30 Colton Sissons F R 6.00 173 Nov 5, 1993 Kelowna Rockets CAN WHLDOWN 1

Biggest riser is defenseman Matt Finn (up from 82 to 22). RLR calls Finn, "The biggest revelation for RLR this season after a mediocre performance at Team Canada camp last summer. Excellent puck-mover is playing with poise, aggression, and confidence."

Henrik Samuelsson fell the most, dropping 9 spots (from 4 to 13). Report from RLR is, "Has struggled with his footwork and the playing speed of the SEL. Was not quick enough to play against men yet, and is now struggling with confidence at the U-20 level."

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One of the mocks on the main board has us taking Aberg, Maidens, and Zharkov with our 1st and two 2nds. If that occurs, I will have a joy aneurysm.

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One of the mocks on the main board has us taking Aberg, Maidens, and Zharkov with our 1st and two 2nds. If that occurs, I will have a joy aneurysm.
I'm betting we use our 1st and at least one of the 2 seconds and possibly a prospect like Summers to move up into the top 5 of the draft.

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One of the mocks on the main board has us taking Aberg, Maidens, and Zharkov with our 1st and two 2nds. If that occurs, I will have a joy aneurysm.
Same here. I'd be happy enough if we got any one of those three in the first round.

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I'm betting we use our 1st and at least one of the 2 seconds and possibly a prospect like Summers to move up into the top 5 of the draft.
It'd be the first time Maloney moved up, yeah?

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It'd be the first time Maloney moved up, yeah?
He's tried.

He had a deal worked out with Carolina to take Johansson if he fell to 7th.

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It'd be the first time Maloney moved up, yeah?
I think we packaged two seconds to take Tikhonov 28th.

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Sissons is on pace for 40 goals in the Dub this season. That's more than RNH, Bartschi, McNeill, RyJo, Nino, Connolly, Howden, or Etem in their draft years. He's doing as team captain and a renowned gritty, lunch pail way. Not bad.

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Sissons is on pace for 40 goals in the Dub this season. That's more than RNH, Bartschi, McNeill, RyJo, Nino, Connolly, Howden, or Etem in their draft years. He's doing as team captain and a renowned gritty, lunch pail way. Not bad.
I haven't heard much about him. Have you heard about any flaws in his game? Poor skating or lacking vision? I'm just wondering why he hasn't been rated higher.

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I haven't heard much about him. Have you heard about any flaws in his game? Poor skating or lacking vision? I'm just wondering why he hasn't been rated higher.
I haven't seen him outside of YouTube. From what I can see, his skating stride isn't pretty by any means. It's a little hunched over and choppy. Doesn't seem to hurt his ability to get into scoring position or back check effectively. I think because Kelowna is so shallow, he gets top minutes five on five, pp, and PK. He has McColgan on one wing and Bulmer on the other. I think some folks might be inclined to say his stats are inflated as a result. Still, from what I understand, its his pro style game that stands out. Works angles effectively in the defensive zone, separates guys from the puck, gets it out in a hurry, works hard in the offensive zone, knows how to get into good position, is willing to pay the process to get there, works hard, will fight, hit and score in the clutch. Just seems like a kid who "gets it". The question is whether he will be Kyle Chipchura ot Brendan Morrow.

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