Sunday, June 10, 2007

Freshman videos, Junior National camp invitations

More incoming freshman videos
Thanks to the Vancouver Canucks Web site, we have the opportunity to view Central Scouting video of 100 top-ranked draft eligibles, including three incoming freshmen. Colby Cohen is #25, Kevin Shattenkirk #34 and Nick Bonino #89. The Shattenkirk video is the same in the link posted here on June 6. Cohen, a right-shot defenseman, shown playing the left side, displays the blazing shot that made him the USHL’s top-scoring defenseman in more than five seasons. The Bonino clip shows exactly what one talent evaluator says about him: “First round draft choice hands, but his wheels will make him a third rounder.” If Mike Boyle can improve his skating, BU has quite a weapon.

Four Terriers to go (Junior National) camping
Two current Terriers and two incoming freshmen are among the 45 skaters invited to Lake Placid for the 2007 National Junior Evaluation Camp in August. Rising sophomores Brian Strait and Luke Popko and new recruits Kevin Shattenkirk and Colin Wilson will compete for spots on the U.S. squad that will travel to the Czech Republic in December for the IIHF World Junior Championships. Goalie Brett Bennett had attended a pre-camp goalie evaluation last month, but was not invited to Lake Placid. Even so, BU’s representation at the camp will total five because the Junior National Team coach is John Hynes, also coach of the 2007-2008 NTDP U18s.

USA Hockey has introduced version 2.0 of its Web site. It is a visual improvement, but still under construction and the archive portion of the site is not yet available.

There was more good news for Shattenkirk. Kevin Paul Dupont reported in The Globe’s Bruins Blog he was among five draft prospects invited to Boston for a battery of tests and interviews.


Chris said...

It's interesting to look at Shattenkirk because even though he was ranked #34 for CSB, he's got ridiculous upside, but tons of bust potential. Some scouts have him as high as the top 10 while other have him pegged as a later 2nd rounder. It'll be fun to watch what he develops into!

Terrier Blogger said...

Obviously the Bruins think highly of him since he was one of five players they tested and interviewed this past weekend and the Bs own the #8 pick. I've also read that Montreal, #12, is very high on him.

mjacobs said...

from what I've heard from people at the USNDT this kid is real. he must get stronger. But his on ice vision and sense of the game are terrific. His performance in International competition speaks for itself

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