Thursday, June 19, 2008

24 hours to draft day...

...and both Colin Wilson and Corey Trivino (photo right) are headed to Ottawa for the 2008 NHL draft, as the media continue to speculate about their futures.

Wilson, a likely top 10 pick, played it close to the vest in a Q&A interview with USA Today. Despite writer Dan Friedell’s attempts to coax him into revealing his preference —college or pro—for next season, Wilson, who has been on campus, skating and taking a summer course, wasn’t showing his cards.

Trivino told his local York Region newspaper about his Combine experience and a recent visit to Montreal for an interview and more tests with the Canadians, who draft 25th in the first round. Unlike Wilson, the skinny (Ha!) on Trivino is that he’ll need several years at BU to fill out and hone his skills, skating and backchecking.

INCH and College Hockey News launched their draft centers, while, on their respective draft pages, TSN and ISS each list a prospect’s comparable NHL player along with multiple rankings and a profile. Rankings and comparables for Wilson and Trivino:

The Hockey News: #7 – CSS: #10 NA skater – Red Line Report: #11 – McKeen’s: #12–ISS: #8 (Mike Richards) – TSN: #8 (Ron Francis)

The Hockey News: #36 – CSS: #49 NA skater – Red Line Report : #40 – McKeen’s: #24–ISS: #26 (Chris Higgins-Yale’s Chris Higgins) – TSN: #36 (Stephen Weiss)

David Warsofsky has two things in common with Brian Strait and Kevin Shattenkirk: all are defensemen and served as captains of the NTDP U18 team as high school seniors. This weekend, he expect a third commonality: being drafted prior to his freshman year at BU. Warsofsky discusses the pro opportunities now available to shorter defensemen in a Boston Herald feature, with his NTDP coach, John Hynes predicting a third-round selection and Terrier Assistant Head Coach David Quinn projecting fourth or fifth round.
McKeen's Max Giese identified 2009 recruit Max Nicastro as a potential "great value" in the mid-to-late rounds of the draft.

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