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April 14, 2009
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CALGARY BUFFALOES – PACIFIC


CHRIS COLLINS
Gifted goal scorer … good at supporting the puck … good two-way player … backchecks and supports the puck in the middle of the ice … good at keeping his feet moving and coming with speed on a rush … quick release … accurate shot … never quits working

PETER KOSTERMAN
Big, solid stay-at-home defenceman … long reach helps while on penalty kill unit … wins battles along the boards … average shot from the point … moves the puck well … very good first pass … good size and reach … can be physical … has a presence on the ice

PHIL TOT
Dynamic two-way player … a strong leader … can play the shutdown game and put up consistent points … relied on in crucial situations … very responsible player … takes quick line changes … plays determined in both ends of the rink … high hockey IQ

PLAYERS DRAFTED IN WHL BANTAM DRAFT
Chris Collins – Chilliwack 2007 (4th round, 77th overall)
Austin Frank – Prince Albert 2008 (5th round, 94th overall)
Peter Kosterman – Calgary 2008 (1st round, 19th overall)
Greg Lamoureux – Vancouver 2007 (3rd round, 52nd overall)
Matt Maleschuk – Portland 2007 (5th round, 103rd overall)
Ryon Moser – Lethbridge 2007 (10th round, 207th overall)
Phil Tot – Lethbridge 2008 (1st round, 18th overall)

HAMILTON REPS – CENTRAL

ARIE DENDEKKER
Catches your eye due to his size … good skater for his size … has skill with the puck … cycles well … makes smart little plays

CONOR MCLOUGHLIN
Great puck handler … above-average passing skills … passes are crisp … shot is hard and low … confident with the puck … willing to join the rush or pinch down in the offensive zone … physical when needed … good skill base … great offensive instincts

PAT ROOT
Heads-up defenceman … good skill base … competes hard for the puck in all zones … plays a simple game when passing or clearing the puck out of his zone … good gap control … quick feet … good skating agility … displays a good feel for the game

PLAYERS DRAFTED IN OHL PRIORITY SELECTION
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ROUSSEAU SPORTS DE LAVAL-BOURASSA – QUEBEC

SÉBASTIEN BERGERON
Average skater … competes hard for the puck … understands the game … a finisher … consistently scores goals … sees the ice well … very dangerous from the blue line in … smart around the net … finds the open ice … can score several ways … good hands

SIMON GIROUX
Quick butterfly style goaltender … in position before the shot is taken … Good poise … challenges his shooters … will do anything to stop the puck … focused and relaxed … confident kid … plays the puck well … vocal with his D … very quick laterally … gets up in a flash

ALEXANDRE LAVOIE
Excellent offensive ability … excels when jumping into open lanes … excellent puck skills … has ability to make plays at top speed … good hands … good hockey sense

PLAYERS SELECTED IN QMJHL ENTRY DRAFT
Antony Courcelles – Montreal 2008 (3rd round, 44th overall)
Simon Giroux – Drummondville 2008 (3rd round, 37th overall)
Alexandre Lavoie – Chicoutimi 2008 (3rd round, 39th overall)
Thomas Martin – Chicoutimi 2008 (5th round, 77th overall)

MONCTON FLYERS – ATLANTIC

PIERRE DUREPOS
Talented, offensive-minded defenceman … moves the puck very well … great in transition … confidence and smarts are evident … has good mobility … sees the ice very well … will be counted on to anchor the blue line … should see significant time on the PP and PK

GINO GOGUEN
A sniper … an excellent skater … tremendous puck control … loves to have the puck … shows excellent puck skills … can make plays at top speed … doesn't miss very often when given the chance …good hands … always finds a way to get on the score sheet

ALLAIN SAULNIER
A scoring threat every shift he takes … highly-skilled player … can finish … offers great playmaking abilities … sees the ice extremely well … reads and reacts very quickly … doesn't miss very often when given the chance … an offensive leader

PLAYERS SELECTED IN QMJHL ENTRY DRAFT
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NOTRE DAME HOUNDS – WEST

BRENT BENSON
A treat to watch … an offensive threat every time he is on the ice … gets into good scoring position … protects the puck well … good mobility … strong … wins most face offs … goes hard to the net … very talented

ZACH HODDER
Strong skater … plays bigger than his size … is above average in all areas … does a good job taking care of his own end … shines offensively … sees the ice very well … moves the puck effectively … has a mean streak … can be quite physical … heavy shot

JUSTIN SEFTON
Mobile, offensively skilled defenceman … likes to play physical … great maturity and offensive/defensive instincts … has an edge about him … makes good quick decisions … doesn't panic under pressure … good, hard shot … smart passer … has pro potential

PLAYERS SELECTED IN WHL BANTAM DRAFT
Brent Benson – Saskatoon 2008 (1st round, 6th overall)
Lucas Froese – Regina 2007 (11th round, 233rd overall)
Carson Grolla – Prince George 2007 (11th round, 222nd overall)
Zach Hodder – Vancouver 2008 (1st round, 20th overall)
Daniel Lee – Kelowna 2008 (4th round, 74th overall)
Nils Moser – Tri-City 2008 (2nd round, 44th overall)
Blaine Thomson – Prince George 2008 (10th round, 214th overall)

PLAYERS SELECTED IN OHL PRIORITY SELECTION
Francis Menard – Guelph 2008 (6th round, 113th overall)

WINNIPEG THRASHERS – HOST

MICHAEL HAY
Will be counted on to be an offensive leader … should be a mainstay on the top line and 1st PP unit … consistently scores goals … sees the ice well … very dangerous from the blue line in … does a nice job battling along the boards … uses his body to protect the puck

ALEX KAMPEN
An offensively-skilled defenseman … tremendous offensive instincts … will provide offense from the backend … will quarterback the power play … will jump in the play to create offense … is gaining confidence as he matures … makes very smart decisions in all three zones

NOLAN ZAJAC
Talented two-way defenceman … moves the puck very well … great in transition … confidence and smarts are evident … has a great drive to compete … plays bigger than he is … isn't afraid to play tough … has very good mobility … sees the ice very well … makes quick and smart decisions at high speed

PLAYERS SELECTED IN WHL BANTAM DRAFT
Ryan Dech – Edmonton 2008 (3rd round, 56th overall)
Brett Gagnon – Everett 2006 (12th round, 244th overall)
Matt Garvey – Medicine Hat 2007 (6th round, 131st overall)
Matt Glowa – Prince Albert 2007 (7th round, 139th overall)
Michael Hay – Swift Current 2007 (4th round, 78th overall)
Michael Lazo – Swift Current 2008 (8th round, 166th overall)
Colin Mospanchuk – Medicine Hat 2008 (5th round, 93rd overall)
Jeff Weselake – Tri-City 2006 (10th round, 196th overall)


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