Monday, June 16, 2008

2008 Wrap - Kamloops

Kamloops Blazers

From NHL scouts' point of view, the rebuilding Blazers still have a ways to go, as there aren't any sure draft picks this year.

Tyler Shattock: Most likely Blazer to be picked, but isn't a sure thing to go at all. But the size and raw ability might be enough for him to go in the last few rounds.

Matt Wray: Might go if only because there's so few fighters available in this draft. Loves to drop the gloves and has size, but doesn't offer much else. These tough guys with little skill always go surprisingly high, so it's not crazy to think he could end up being a 3rd or 4th rounder.

Others: Jordan Rowley has good mobility and some puck skill, so he's got a chance of going late. Shayne Wiebe competes, but just doesn't have quite the skill or skating to be a likely pick. Mark Hall is very competitive and fearless for his size, but is probably only a good junior player. Devon Kalinski and Kurt Torbohm are also first year eligibles.

Looking Ahead to 2009: Big Jimmy Bubnick has good hands, but will have to improve his quickness to get first round consideration. But he's a solid 2nd rounder for me at this point anyway. James Priestner showed some quickness and a knack for tough saves. He could be a riser next year and is about a 3rd round guy for me now. Mark Schneider is also on the radar.

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