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2013 TELUS Cup Players to Watch
April 21, 2013
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Who will be looked upon in the dying minutes of a tie game? Who will be counted upon to provide leadership on the long road to gold? International Scouting Services has selected three players from each of the six competing teams that it believes are TELUS Cup Players to Watch.

Who made the list?

LAVAL-MONTREAL

JASON BELL
good skater … very mobile … good size … has improved his overall game … plays with more confidence than earlier in the season … sees the ice well … high hockey IQ … good offensive instincts … good slap shot

KEVIN DOMINGUE
crafty little offensive player … slick passing skills … good offensive instincts … natural play-maker … not afraid to go to the middle of the ice to make plays … strong effort level … hard-working attitude

JULIEN NANTEL
effective two-way forward … excellent skating ability … plus speed … crafty offensive player … very good play-making ability … makes those around him better … naturally-gifted hands … good scoring touch

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OTTAWA

SIMON HOFLEY
relies on athleticism and aggressiveness to maximize net coverage … displays good composure … lets opposition make the first move … quick reactions …  tremendous work ethic … never-quit mentality

RYAN KUFFNER
dependable in all three zones … has an arsenal of offensive weapons … tremendous vision … fantastic release in the slot … finds a way to make an impact in every game … elite offensive skills … uses his teammates well

MEDRIC MERCIER
backbone of the blue-line … logs big minutes in key situations … shot is an elite threat … acts as triggerman from the point … great defensive zone awareness … great mobility for his size … can outmuscle opposition

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RED DEER

COLTON BOBYK
creates a nightmare for defensive coverage … constant threat to join the offensive rush … generates lethal scoring chances … elite puck mover and carrier … keep the opposition on its heels with offensive abilities

JACOB SCHOFIELD
relentless offensive threat … intensity is undeniable … excellent nose for the net … can finish with the best of them … quick, accurate shot … isn’t afraid to play around the crease … relies on agility and quickness

JAYDEN SITTLER & MATT ZENTNER
solid one-two punch … different mentalities and styles … Zentner relies heavily on positional play and covering majority of the net … Sittler focuses on an aggressive approach and quick reactions … key to success

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SASKATOON

VUKIE MPOFU
continues to showcase excellent development … good speed … above-average intelligence in offensive situations … difficult to predict and contain … plays with an element of fire … loves to make things happen

TATE OLSON
good-sized defenceman … knows his limitations … growing offensive upside and puck abilities … good skater … strong mobility … anticipates and reads the play well … thrives in physical situations … good poise

KOLTEN OLYNEK
very talented offensive player … great hands … great vision … wicked release … drives open lanes very well … always a dangerous scoring threat … anticipates plays very well … very shifty and dynamic around the puck

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SAULT STE. MARIE

JAREN BELLINI
elite vision down the middle … tremendous puck handling ability … quick feet, acceleration and agility … has an arsenal of offensive weapons … plays the game with a relentless motor … can make opposition look foolish

ANTHONY STEFANO
an offensive dynamo … makes the players around him better … tremendous vision off the rush … elite offensive skill-set … great work ethic … electric quickness up ice … character leader … relentless tempo

RYAN VENDRAMIN
high-end offensive skills … heavy, accurate shot … natural goal scorer … lethal in the slot … consistent … reacts quickly in lapses of opposition coverage … can beat defenders in multiple ways … fantastic hands

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VALLEY

NIC BLANCHARD
offensive threat … natural goal-scoring ability is lethal … has a knack for finding open ice … high-end offensive skill-set … no slouch defensively … provides excellent work ethic in key defensive situations … good shot

STEVEN BROOKER
character leader … player you love to have on your team but hate to play against … a physical threat … plays the game with intensity and a mean streak … upside in the defensive zone … no hesitation to play physical

MICHAEL PETTET & JUSTIN RITCEY
elevate their games when the pressure is on … consistently dominant … possess the ability to steal a game … rely heavily on quickness, agility and reactions … play an aggressive style … don’t let bad goals affect them


For more information:

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
mbell@hockeycanada.ca

   
 

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