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November 1, 2009
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ALIAKSANDR BARADULIA

quick on his skates … butterfly-style goaltender … excellent mobility low … stays focused on the puck … excellent glove hand … absorbs rebounds well … moves well side to side … makes saves he has no business making

SIARHEI DROZD

smooth skater … very skilled … good two-way centre … has playmaking ability … good work ethic … an offensive leader … led ‘08 World Junior A Challenge in goal scoring … led ’09 IIHF World Junior Championship Div. 1 in goal scoring

ALIAKSANDR FAMIN

small but thick … an offensive leader … should anchor top line and play on first power play unit … good speed … willing to go to the net … possesses ability to find seams in defence … capitalizes on offensive opportunities

EVGENIY NAGACHEV

solid two-way defenceman … good size and strength … will anchor blue line … hard, accurate shot from the point … should play on top pairing and play on first power play unit … top defenceman at ’09 IIHF World U18 Championship 1A

MIKALAI SUSLA

very mature … good size … good skating ability … captained Belarus at ’09 IIHF World U18 Championship 1A, leading team in scoring … an offensive leader … should play on top line and first power play unit

CANADA EAST

ANDREW CALOF

explosive skater … good foot speed with quick acceleration … sound vision on the ice … exciting puck handler … demonstrates patience and poise with the puck … plays in all situations … has committed to Harvard for 2010-11

SCOTT DAWSON

good skater … good offensive instincts from blue line … effectively takes away time and space of opposition … able to clear puck from zone effectively … hard, low shot … won bronze medal at ‘08 World Junior A Challenge

ALEX GUPTILL

good mix of skill and speed … good skater … has pull-away speed … can take puck wide on defenders … very good hands … natural goal scorer … reads the play well … good playmaker … has committed to Michigan for 2010-11

LUCAS LESSIO

soild two-way player … skates well … keeps his feet moving … gets in on the forecheck … finishes checks … gifted offensively … creative with the puck … terrific offensive instincts … has committed to Michigan for 2011-12

DAVID PRATT

solid frame … strong on his skates … able to rush the puck … holds offensive blue line well … effectively defends against the rush … has committed to Clarkson for 2010-11 … won bronze medal at ‘08 World Junior A Challenge

CANADA WEST

MATHEW BODIE

willing to play physical, despite small stature … effectively moves the puck … not afraid to skate deep into offensive zone … sound defensively … maintains gap against the rush … has committed to Union College for 2010-11

DANIEL CARR

good skater … good offensive skills … back checks well … provides good support during defensive zone play … despite size, not afraid to go into corners … has committed to Union College for 2010-11

TANNER FRITZ

skates very well … good puck skills … solid up-and-down winger … plays responsible two-way style of game … good leadership skills, on and off the ice … won silver medal at ‘08 World Junior A Challenge

CAM REID

good size and frame … sound passing skills … has ability to find open man and get the puck to him … played at ‘08 World U17 Challenge … has committed to New Hampshire in 2010-11 … Nashville’s 7th round pick in 2009

PETER STOYKEWYCH

solid, two-way defenceman … hard, low shot … reads and understands the game well … good size and frame … makes a good first pass … has ability to jump into the rush … played at ‘08 World U17 Challenge

RUSSIA

SERGEY BARBASHEV

very good skater … good mobility … protects the puck well … will provide secondary scoring … good puck skills … will go into the corners and in front of the net … skilled winger … good size, speed and strength … more of a playmaker than a scorer

PAVEL KULIKOV

offensive skills are effective in tight areas … can stickhandle well in 1-on-1 situations … plays hard … very gritty … quickness with the puck makes him dangerous … good offensive skills … makes players around him better

ALEXEY MARCHENKO

good patience in handling the puck … makes good decisions … has ability to find the open man … makes crisp passes … very good size … solid skater … plays in all situations … hard, accurate shot from the point

VLADISLAV NAMESTNIKOV

natural goal-scoring ability … remarkable ability to dominate power play … exciting player can bring crowd to its feet … has speed to gain separation and back defenders off … sees the ice well … very dangerous from blue line in

NAIL YAKUPOV

highly-skilled two-way player … agile skater … tremendous acceleration … difficult to stop him once he is moving … gifted offensively … can score in a variety of ways … skill level and maturity are excellent for age

SWEDEN

JOHAN ALM

reliable, stay-at-home defenceman … will log a lot of ice time … skates well … moves well laterally … rarely gets beat off the rush … initiates contact … finishes his checks … angles forwards well … keeps his game simple

ADAM ALMQUIST

will be relied on heavily to provide scoring and leadership from the blue line … offensively-skilled defenceman … calm with the puck … very good first pass … loves to jump into the play … will quarterback the power play … Detroit’s 7th round pick in 2009

CALLE JÄRNKROK

very fast skater … quick moves … good hands … an exciting player … highly-skilled offensive forward … an offensive leader … should anchor top line and play on first power play unit … makes something out of nothing

PATRIK NEMETH

big, stay-at-home defenceman … will provide leadership … has pro size … good mobility … very strong … wins battles along the boards … tough to beat 1-on-1 … hits opponents hard … goos puck skills … defensive specialist … shoots the puck hard

LUDVIG RENSFELDT

very good size … good skater … sees teammates at full speed … controls the puck well … strong on forecheck … finishes his checks … always aware of his man in his own end … reliable … good two-way forward … has offensive upside

UNITED STATES

MAC BENNETT

slick, puck-moving defenceman … will provide offence and leadership from blue line … confident and smart on the ice … makes good decisions at high speed … tremendous skater … Montreal’s 3rd round pick in 2009 … has committed to Michigan for 2010-11

JEFF COSTELLO

good skater with mobility … protects the puck well … shows good hands … has a good shot … likes to play physical … has a nose for the net … good scoring touch … Ottawa’s 3rd round pick in 2009 … has committed to Notre Dame for 2010-11

CHRIS CRANE

plays hard in all situations … comes to play every night … good speed … keeps his feet moving … works hard … finishes his checks … battles for the puck in all areas … will take a hit to make a play … grinder with a scoring touch … has committed to Ohio State for 2010-11

KEVIN LIND

excellent size … makes good decisions in all zones … a stabilizing force on the blueline … very strong body core … tough to knock off the puck … strong slap shot … good gap control … very good hockey sense … has committed to Notre Dame for 2010-11

WILL YANAKEFF

very athletic … very quick … covers the entire bottom of the net thanks to butterfly style … technically sound … in position before the shot is taken … always square to the shooter … quick glove hand … good feet … has committed to Michigan State for 2010-11


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