Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Entry Draft Linkorama

The Sporting News has released it’s draft rankings and profiles for the top 60 eligible players. Here's TSN’s skinny on BU recruits Colby Cohen and Kevin Shattenkirk:

#12 Shattenkirk
RANKINGS TSN: 12, CSB: 34NA, ISS: 27, Red Line Report: 17, McKeem's: 7, The Hockey News: 18
From NHL Central Scouting: An offensive defenseman with good puck skills. Reads the play well and is heady in transition. Has good mobility along with quick feet. Needs to add a physical presence to his game. Needs to improve consistency of his defensive game.
From ISS: Kevin is a confident d-man, very good team player. He reads the play well. He potted very nice and important overtime goal with accurate wrist shot against Sweden. Tries to shoot from every position and keep it very low. Still needs more power to his legs and muscle mass. Good puck-handling ability. Displays leadership qualities.

#36 Colby Cohen
RANKINGS TSN: 36, CSB: 25 NA, ISS: 43, RedLinwReport: 85, McKeen's: 55, The Hocley News: 54
From NHL Central Scouting: A skilled offensive defenseman. Has good puck skills and a good shot from the point. Makes good passes and sees the ice well. Needs to improve his defensive positioning and the consistency of his work ethic. Led all USHL defensemen in points.
From ISS: Right-shooting d-man beings a lot of offence to the table. Cohen joined Lincoln six games into the season after leaving the National Team Development Program and quickly has made up for lost time. He's got a very good shot, especially his one-timer. Improving defensively will be the biggest factor in Cohen's advancement in hockey.

A New York Ranger fan blog profiles Cohen as a potential Blueshirt draft choice.

This draft guide lists Shattenkirk at #13 and Cohen at #14 and includes profiles of each.

And finally, OnFrozenBlog takes a humorous look at the replies to a question that NHL Central Scouting asked of some 200 potential draftees: What three people would you most like to have dinner with?

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