Thursday, October 25, 2007

NHL weighs in on draft prospects

NHL Central Scouting yesterday announced its players to watch list, the first of its reports which is followed by midyear and final rankings of draft eligible players. This report does not include either NCAA players (e.g. Colin Wilson) or Major Junior Players.

Among the Terrier recruits, Chicago Steel defenseman Max Nicastro (photo) received an “A” rating, while NTDP U18 players David Warsofsky and Vinny Saponari and Stouffville Spirit forward Corey Trivino earned “B” ratings. Andrew MacWilliam, a Camrose defenseman, who is on BU’s radar, and Salmon Arm center Derek Lee, who visited BU and has the Terriers on his short list, received a “B” and “C” respectively. Another name of interest on the report is Shattuck’s St. Mary defenseman David Carle, brother of Denver All-American and current San Jose Shark Matt Carle. The younger Carle, who is an uncommitted 2008 recruit, was rated an “A” prospect.

We recently reported that Trivino and Ethan Werek will represent Canada East in the World Junior A Challenge in a few weeks. The U.S. squad, almost entirely USHL players, has been announced and Nicastro has earned a place in the blueline corps. Jack Connolly, brother of BU 2008 recruit Chris Connelly, also was named to the U.S. team.

Subscription Web site recently posted a feature on 2008 recruit David Warsofsky that includes comments from several scouting sources. With permission, it is reposted below.

David Warsofsky

Has BU found themselves one of the most promising 1990 born players in the game of hockey? Hockey experts say yes. Former Cushing defenseman Dave Warsofsky a perfect fit for the new day and age of hockey. The skill defenseman has all the goods to be a top NCAA college hockey defenseman. Warsofsky, who is playing this season for the USA NTDP program, is described by scouts as a heads-up defenseman with great hockey sense and on the ice patience.

What sort of impact can he make in the NCAA game? What are the early expert evaluations on Warsofsky?

“He will eventually be a top pairing defenseman in the NCAA,” says one scouting source.

What the scouts like about Warsofsky’s game?

“He is an extraordinary player with exceptional skill,” says one scouting source. “He is especially good on the power play. He is a smooth skater with a strong stride. He has tremendous vision
and really moves the puck up the ice up well.”

The scouting sources have been very impressed with the youngster’s hockey sense and overall game.

Warsofsky has clearly impressed many in the hockey scouting

“He has tremendous patience with the puck and hockey sense,” says the source. “Last year when I watched him against Lawrence he scored a power play goal as the puck made its way through a screen of players .. rang a shot off the crossbar with a strong one- timer .. had an assist on the 5th goal .. against NMH, had his best game statistically .. had a goal in the 2nd period when he came into the play late and let a low shot go .. on the power play, works the puck around and gets open for a rocket of a one-timer .. assisted on the second goal with a nice tic-tac-toe with Broc Little and Sean
Coughlin .. also assisted on the 5th, 6th and 7th goal. A tremendously talented defender … a definite offensive defenseman with an accurate shot from the point as seen by his hat trick against Neponset Valley … the game against Neponset Valley saw his team with a 5-on-3 advantage with 7 minutes left in the first and the first 8 minutes in the second, and David played a huge portion of that power play … showed great patience and poise to work the puck around and wait for the best shot … his first goal during the 5-on-3 was when he walked in from the blue line and blasted a shot beating the goalie top corner with no screen … his second goal was a one-timer that he kept low and went right in ... the last goal he scored is when he sneaked down from the point, received a nice pass, and re-directed the puck into the net.”

Strength may be an issue for the youngster at the next level.

“He needs to add more strength for his defensive game and play in the corners,” says the scout. “He is in a very good place to work in that weakness this year though."

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