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06-27-2009, 01:38 PM
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Pens Picks 2009

1.simon Despres.......1991..6' 4"...205....qmjhl.....saint John.........d
2.philip Samuelsson..1991..6' 3"...198....ushl......chicago.............d
3.ben Hanowski........1990..6' 2"...198....high-mn...little Falls H.s.rw
4.nick Petersen.........1989..6' 2"...186....qmjhl.....shawinigan.......rw
5.alex Velischek........1990..6' 0"...200....high-nj...delbarton........d
5.andy Bathgate........1991..6' 0"...164....ohl.......belleville..........c
6.viktor Ekbom..........1989..6' 2"...194....sweden-2..oskarshamn...d
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06-27-2009, 01:42 PM
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"After watching his father Ulf play more than a decade in the NHL, Philip Samuelsson always knew that hockey was in his future. And like his father, young Samuelson patrols the blueline as he continues to inch closer to the NHL himself.

Playing this past season with the Chicago Steel in the USHL, Philip is just another 2009 eligible player the scouts have been looking at out of the East Division. At 6’2 and 200 lbs., Samuelsson already has comparable size to his father and is also a defensive-defenseman. And while he doesn’t have quite the feistiness his dad had, Samuelsson is developing quite the edge.

Hockey’s Future had a chance to catch up with Samuelsson as he gets ready with Team USA for the 2009 IIHF Under-18 World Championships in Fargo, North Dakota. He talked about growing up and playing the game, his play at various levels, his game, and what the future holds."

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06-27-2009, 01:44 PM
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"ben Hanowski
The first thing any fan will notice about Ben Hanowski are his amazing point totals; more than any other high school hockey player in history. An honor like that is sure to draw people's interest, but also draws a fair amount of skepticism. There's two things to know about Hanowski: 1. He didn't play very good competition at Little Falls HS 2. He's played in enough other events that have showcased his abilities as an elite player.

In addition to playing high school hockey, Hanowski has also participated in the Minnesota HS Elite League, playing the state's best players, participated in USA Hockey National Festivals playing the best in the country, and has participated in international events for the US. His high draft rankings is based almost as much on his performance in these elite events as it is on his high school performance.

Hanowski has good size for a forward, but he plays much more of a skill game that relies on his great hands and scoring ability that using his size to score. Hanowski will continue his hockey career at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota next fall.

Strengths: Scoring touch

Needs to Improve: Playing a full season against tough competition, defensive play"
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06-27-2009, 01:53 PM
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06-27-2009, 01:59 PM
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"After watching his father Ulf play more than a decade in the NHL, Philip Samuelsson always knew that hockey was in his future. And like his father, young Samuelson patrols the blueline as he continues to inch closer to the NHL himself.

Playing this past season with the Chicago Steel in the USHL, Philip is just another 2009 eligible player the scouts have been looking at out of the East Division. At 6’2 and 200 lbs., Samuelsson already has comparable size to his father and is also a defensive-defenseman. And while he doesn’t have quite the feistiness his dad had, Samuelsson is developing quite the edge.

Hockey’s Future had a chance to catch up with Samuelsson as he gets ready with Team USA for the 2009 IIHF Under-18 World Championships in Fargo, North Dakota. He talked about growing up and playing the game, his play at various levels, his game, and what the future holds."

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06-27-2009, 02:00 PM
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Thought Despres was 225?

Either way those are all some big guys. No one under 6'0.
Nice.

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06-27-2009, 02:08 PM
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1.simon Despres........6' 4"...205....qmjhl.....saint John.........d
2.philip Samuelsson..6' 3"...198....ushl......chicago.............d
3.ben Hanowski........6' 2"...198....high-mn...little Falls H.s.rw
4.nick Petersen........6' 2"...186....qmjhl.....shawinigan.......rw
5.alex Velischek.......6' 0"...200....high-nj...delbarton........d
5.andy Bathgate.......6' 0"...164....ohl.......belleville..........c
6.viktor Ekbom.........6' 2"...194....sweden-2..oskarshamn...d
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I like the general philosophy Shero brought to the table and I think picks 1-5A were solid, with decent upside. 5B and 6 I don't understand, a small-ish center and a re-tread Swedish defenseman? Giving away, apparently, the last pick seems really stupid, gems can certainly be found in the 7th round. Ideally one of those wingers will pan out as a 20 goal guy but I could see 2 of Despres, Samuelsson, and Velischek having a real impact down the road.

EDIT: Turned the 7th into a '10 6th, much better.

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06-27-2009, 02:12 PM
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Apparently he got a 2010 6th round pick for it, which I'm going to guess is going to be pick number 151.

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Could you include birthdates in the OP?


The prospect I'm most intrigued by is Petersen. Reminds me of the Dustin Jeffrey pick 2 years ago.

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06-27-2009, 02:17 PM
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Thought Despres was 225?

Either way those are all some big guys. No one under 6'0.
Nice.
I noticed that too. I've seen both weights an equal number of times in numerous locations. Don't know which one's right, maybe one was his weight at the beginning of the year and the other is now?

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I like the Ekbom pick.

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Could you include birthdates in the OP?
I edited in the YOB.

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Despres looks a bit on the chunk side to me. Though not as fat as that C.O. Roussel dude. Either way though he's got a big frame and if he's already 6'4", 210 at 17, he'll probably be a mountain by the time he's ready for the NHL.

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Thought Despres was 225?

Either way those are all some big guys. No one under 6'0.
Nice.
...for the 3rd draft in a row.

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06-27-2009, 02:21 PM
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Thought Despres was 225?

Either way those are all some big guys. No one under 6'0.
Nice.
I grabbed that info from NHL.com draft tracker...

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Andy Bathgate's grandfather led the original Pens team in scoring...

"..."Andy is an excellent skater with very good speed and agility," said Central Scouting's Chris Edwards. "He has shown good puck skill and playmaking ability at times this season, but he has been inconsistent."

While the injuries and inconsistencies in his game could dissuade teams from taking a shot at him in June, he should be healthy when Belleville starts training camp next season. It also gives him an opportunity to be in New York for his grandfather's big night, Feb. 22, when his No. 9 is raised to the rafters at Madison Square Garden. The Bulls are scheduled to play in Brampton on Feb. 22.

The younger Bathgate is close to his grandfather, and loves to hear his stories.

"Sometimes he’ll start reminiscing about the old times, Jacques Plante, a couple fights he had," said the younger Bathgate. "He told me one story, when I was about 7 years old, all I remember is he came down the wing against someone and flipped the puck down the wing and suckered him. Even though he had that much skill, he played that way.

"A couple times I've been over his house and flipping through the TV, I've seen Game 7 against the Red Wings when they won the Stanley Cup (1964), and I saw the one when he hit Jacques Plante in the face, and he had a little chuckle. You watch it as a fan, but I love watching the way he played. You can't really believe he played in the NHL."

Bathgate hopes to continue his own path to the NHL. A rookie with Belleville this season, he had hoped to build off his previous season with Georgetown of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League, when he had 44 points in 40 games and won the league's rookie of the year award.

He played five games for the Bulls last season, totaling just 1 assist, but sitting and watching while the team made a run to the Memorial Cup served as a good learning experience.

"He was with us primarily from Feb. 1 on, when his season was complete in Georgetown," Belleville coach George Burnett told NHL.com. "He as with us pretty much three months. He played while he was here, played in the (OHL) playoffs. He didn't play in the Memorial Cup. With the group we had, he understood the circumstances. Understanding what everybody goes through is part of the experience. We’ll be better for him having had that experience."

At 6-foot and 164 pounds, Bathgate knows he needs to get bigger and stronger to compete at not just the NHL level, but the OHL level, as well.

"My size is a little bit of an issue," he said. "I'm just not as naturally big as other guys. I play around it, play a smart game. Just be smart about it, but work on it every day, try to get stronger."

It's an ongoing process, and Burnett is confident that Bathgate will continue to build on what he accomplished this season.

"He's smart, should create offense, his skating is strong, his overall size has increased since we drafted him," said Burnett. "The sky's the limit. He's got great instincts and he's a young man willing to learn."
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tocchet92, Wow!, thank you for the info. I like the D men we drafted, Hankowshi is no slouch either. Good draft imho.

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If Samuelsson turns into a clone of his dad, it makes this draft worth it for me.

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If Samuelsson turns into a clone of his dad, it makes this draft worth it for me.
Absolutely.

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If Samuelsson turns into a clone of his dad, it makes this draft worth it for me.
Doesn't sound like he's near the bodychecker Ulf was, but he still sounds like a good all-around player none the less.

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Wow, Ray really spared no expense with the blueliners this time around did he? Then again, I guess you can never really have enough depth on D considering how difficult it is to find quality d-men.

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06-27-2009, 02:50 PM
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When Despres was picked last night TSN had him at 6'3.5, 214 lbs. I believe they took that from the combine.

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Viktor Ekbom

"A two-way defenseman with decent hockey sense, puck control and passes. Is, however, not overly mobile and needs to improve his skating."

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Looks like Nick Petersen will likely be at WBS (or Wheeling) this fall...

"The Penguins picked seven players over the last two days, most of whom will swing through Wilkes-Barre when their junior eligibility is up in two years or their college days ar over in four. There is an exception, however. Fourth-round pick Nick Petersen is a 20-year-old who will likely turn pro in the fall. He's a scoring wing who played with one-time Penguins rookie camp invitee Cedric Lalonde-McNichol this season, putting up 90 points. Here's a quote from Petersen from the draft coverage on pittsburghpenguins.com. "I am an offensive player. I have good vision, passing. I'm a bigger guy so I like to play in the corners and I have a huge shot. Weaknesses, I have to work on playing better defensively."
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Well I have mixed feelings about Després... I was high on C-A Roussel.... a right-handed d-man.... with a good shot... saw him play a lot and I was impressed...

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