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November 5, 2007
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International Scouting Services (ISS) has identified and profiled players to watch for the teams at the 2007 World Junior A Challenge. ISS provides up-to-date information on the elite 16-, 17- & 18-year-old hockey players around the world. The ISS staff files reports following games worldwide that include analysis and evaluation of prospects.

CANADA EAST

COREY TRIVINO
An offensive leader…is a leader in both ends of the ice…has a great combination of skill and explosive speed…a dynamic playmaker, he continually sets his teammates up for scoring opportunities…sees the ice extremely well and has great offensive imagination…strong athlete…has committed to Boston University for the 2008-09 season…could be an early-round NHL draft pick

BRANDON BURLON
A smooth skating offensive defenseman…highly skilled player that loves to jump into the play and quarterback the powerplay…great vision on the ice and can handle the puck at top speed…excellent passing skills…makes the correct play under pressure…very talented and well rounded defenseman…has committed to the University of Michigan for 2008-09…has pro potential

WES CONSORTI
A gifted goal scorer…an intense competitor that competes hard for the puck…shows excellent speed…has the ability to shoot the puck off either foot when in full stride…can quickly get himself into scoring position and finish…good playmaking abilities…protects the puck well…great character

JAMES MCINTOSH
A strong power forward…plays with an edge and is willing to battle…likes to take the puck hard to the net…is willing to pay the price to score…strong in the corners and in front of the net…responsible two-way player…has the ability to play various positions

DANIEL SPIVAK
One of the top defensive defensemen in the OPJHL…very strong , physical and hard-working player…has improved offensively…utilizes a great shot from the point…angles opponents well and takes away options…keeps his game simple in the defensive zone

CANADA WEST

JOE COLBORNE
Has the potential to be a front-line player at the next level…is a very strong skater with excellent hockey sense and puck skills…has excellent strength and reach and is very hard to get the puck from…uses his size very effectively, especially on the power play…has agreed to attend the University of Denver beginning in September 2008

CASEY PIERRO-ZABOTEL
Pittsburgh's 3rd Round Pick, 80th Overall in 2007…highly skilled offensive forward…will be counted on to be one of the offensive leaders…quick hands…very good puck skills…offensive guy, deadly from the circles down…has developed into one of the premier players in the BCHL

BRAD EIDSNESS

Average-sized goaltender…plays his angles well …challenges the shooter…doesn't give up too many second shots…good balance in both the stand-up and butterfly positions…handles the puck well…moves well from side to side on the pass…plays at the top of his crease…quick glove…recovers quickly when he goes down…Buffalo's 5th Round Pick, 139th Overall in 2007…has made a verbal commitment to the University of North Dakota for 2008-09

DEREK LEE

Skates very well with the puck, he has very good moves with it…will take on a defenseman one-on-one or try to turn him inside out…is very shifty…good on face-offs…looks for the open man…sees the ice…knows where his teammates are all the time…good anticipation…quick feet…needs to work on his strength…competes hard for the puck

BELARUS

ANDREI KOLOSOV

Good size…OK skater – powerful stride – slow first couple of steps…made a big time play taking puck wide on defender then cutting back to the middle and making tape to tape pass to breaking…very hard to evaluate player based on one game due to the overall lack of skill on the team and the fact that most of the game was played in his own end and without the puck

DIMITRI KOROBOV
Big stay-at-home defenseman…will be asked to provide leadership…has good size, but does not always use it…logs lots of ice time…does a nice job using stick to take away passing lanes…will be used on powerplay and penalty kill…has decent puck skills

ANDREI STAS

Will be relied on heavily to provide scoring and leadership…a solid two-way player that plays hard at both ends of the rink…was an offensive leader last year for Minsk Junost, finishing with 18 goals and 36 points in 27 games…good size and has the frame to add weight

GERMANY

SOREN STURM

Another mobile defender…skating and skills are good…is an offensive d-man with good puck skills…has good offensive instincts…finds the open man and gets the puck to him…has a good-sized frame, but has to fill out…showed willingness to go into areas and situations when he knew that he was going to have to take a hit in order to make the play…moves the puck crisply…does a nice job in D zone identifying his man and then going to him…has good feet, contains his man well off the rush

PATRICK GEIGER

One of Germany's better players…smart aggressive center…good one-on-one skills – quick feet, good speed, puck skills and wrist shot…plays a high tempo game, willing to go into traffic areas, with and without the puck…aggressive but not physical…needs to grow for NHL game…would be a good CHL prospect

STEVEN RUPPRICH

An agile skater who works hard in both ends…can create opportunities for his teammates with speed…has a quick wrist shot, but has to use it more often rather than pass…constant forechecker – intimidates D with his skating…has an accurate wrist shot – has to improve slap shot…useful on powerplay and penalty kill...leads by example, working hard in both ends…skating abilities and work ethic make him hard to play against

RUSSIA

NIKITA FILATOV
Has emerged as a legitimate top 10 candidate for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft…highly skilled offensive forward…will be counted on to be one of the offensive leaders…quick hands…very good puck skills…skates well, good acceleration with the puck…offensive dynamo when in the attacking zone…has a slight frame – needs to add weight…a scoring threat when ever he is on the ice…finesse player…tricky stick…sees the ice well…excellent skater…very agile

ANDREY KUCHIN

Could be the next big star from Russia…a legitimate top-five candidate for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft…is one of the most offensively gifted players in his age group…skill level and maturity are exceptional…will score some highlight reel goals, and can score in a variety of ways

MAXIM CHUDINOV
Reliable defenseman…will be asked to log a lot of ice time…makes smart decisions and supports offense…possesses good slap shot…should get tighter on his man in 1-on-1 situations…has strong legs and can win battles along the walls…plays at even strength and on penalty kill

KIRILL PETROV

Power forward type…good skater with mobility…can not be intimidated…competes hard for the puck…can be used at even strength and on power play…has a good hard shot with a quick release…good size – goes to the net hard…a player to keep our eyes on for the future

VYACHESLAV VOINOV
Tremendous upside…makes good decisions both in the offensive and defensive zones and will be a stabilizing force on the blueline…needs to grow and add muscle, which should come with time…makes smart plays and used in all situations…sees the ice well and handles the puck well…likes to jump into slot from blueline to take pass from behind the net

USA

MIKE CICHY

Has very good wheels…a playmaker who can also score…srong…an offensively gifted player who needs to improve his play away from the puck…strong skater who likes to drive to the net…has a good scoring touch…very confidant with the puck

JAMES HAYES

A power forward with great hands and a long reach…projected as a first-round NHL pick this season…hard worker…an average skater, but keeps his feet moving…makes things happen with his size and hard work…very dominant with the puck, especially in the offensive zone…very good off the boards taking the puck to the net for scoring opportunities or setting up teammates…has committed to Boston College for 2008-09

 

BARRY ALMEIDA

A talented offensive-minded forward who moves the puck very well…strong skating and mobility along with strong passing skills allow him to play a very confident and effective offensive game…has made a verbal commitment to Boston College for 2008-09

BRADY HJELLE

Good balance in both the stand-up and butterfly positions…has very good rebound control…possesses a fast glove…very good mobility…has incredible intensity in the net…positioning is solid…technique is very good…has committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth for 2008-09


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403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

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