32 - Logan Nelson - Victoria Royals - RC - Nelson is a big-bodied centre who had a strong rookie WHL year. Plays with an edge as he averaged nearly both a PIM per game and a point per game. Ok skater, but that's an area that could improve.
Yep. I like it...get a lot of centers, some of whom may be power wingers as necessary. Outside of the first round, they haven't gotten a ton of skill, but they have a great amount of size and grit. Nice to see they're being proactive there.
Nelson should be in attendance for the the US junior camp in August:
The 6’1, 178 lb forward joins the Sabres’ organization after becoming the first Royals’ player to earn an invitation to the NHL Scouting Combine earlier this month. Recently, Nelson also garnered an invite to the 2012 United States National Junior Evaluation Camp set to run from August 4-11 in Lake Placid, New York.
Marlon Martens, voice of the Victoria Royals, caught up with Nelson:
"This is just a special day for my family and me," Nelson said. "To see the emotion and reactions on the faces of families and friends when I was chosen is a moment I'll never forget. The Buffalo Sabres are a first class organization and I am excited to be a part of their program."
Marc Habscheid, coach and GM of the Victoria Royals, had this to say about Nelson early on in the 2011-12 season:
“He’s smart and does good things with the puck,” said Royals’ General Manager and Head Coach Marc Habscheid. “He’s calm with the puck and he’s not afraid to be physical and go to the front of the net and play in small areas. That’s key for a guy with some skill. He has done well and we just hope he keeps doing those things.”
Despite being one of 46 players invited to the U.S. evaluation camp in August at Lake Placid for the 2013 world junior championships scheduled for Ufa, Russia, there isn't a hint of cockiness or arrogance in Nelson, who had a breakout 24 goals and 62 points for the Royals.
"I'm pretty excited, and I wouldn't change this for the world, and I'm glad the way it turned out like it did," said Nelson, who played Saturday in a charity game for the Rogers, Minnesota, youth hockey association.
"Nobody really knows what's going to happen in the draft. You just hope for the best. Buffalo was one of the best choices for me, and I couldn't be happier. We started out on the right foot [when the Sabres recently flew Nelson up to Buffalo for workouts and testing] and I hope it continues into the future."