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06-23-2007, 04:34 PM
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Pick #140: Cody Almond

Cody Almond
6'2" 194 lbs
Calgary, AB

68 games, 15 goals, 28 assists, 43 points, 72 PIM

From the Kelowna Rockets site:
Along with Luke Schenn and Colin Long, Cody was one of three 16-year-olds on the Rockets roster last season. He was drafted by the Rockets in the 4th round of the 2004 Bantam Draft and earned a long look at camp in the fall of 2005 thanks to a terrific year with the Midget ‘A’ Calgary Stamps the previous season.

Eager to make an impact this year, Cody arrived at camp as one of the fittest players on the team after a summer of intense workouts. Since then, he has skated regularly on a scoring line with Captain Chris Ray and now, newcomer, Justin Bernhardt.

Cody is, potentially, a big scoring, power forward in future years. He has shown frequent flashes of the strength and goal scoring hands that should one day be the back bone of his game. The only question now is his consistency.

Cody was born and raised in Calgary but his Grandfather lived for many years in Kelowna as President of one of the local wineries.

From hockeyjournal.com:
With Almond, you know you’ll be getting maximum effort each game. A powerful forward that has underrated skills, Almond had a modest 43 points in 68 games for the rebuilding Rockets.

However, he recorded 19 points in his final 19 games, and was the first player in Kelowna’s history to lead the team in scoring as a 17-year-old. He also won the team’s Most Improved Player award, scoring only three points last season. Almond played in all situations, and will be counted on more heavily next year to provide offense. Expect him to be a fifth- or sixth-rounder.

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06-24-2007, 10:13 AM
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Assistant GM Tommy Thompson comment: "He's my pet project. He was 5-8½ going into the WHL draft, so he's a late developer. He's a big guy who can skate. He's a two-way guy who we think can play the wing."

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