Sunday, June 15, 2008

2008 Wrap - Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw Warriors

There should be at least two Warriors in going in the draft (Hamonic and Broda) and they could have another two or three more go late.

Travis Hamonic: Could go surprisingly early. Teams like his well rounded game and physical style. Late 2nd round isn't out of the question, but 3rd or 4th seems more likely.

Joel Broda: A slight wild card because he's widely liked but under-discussed. Somewhere in the 3rd or 4th round is my guess.

Neal Prokop: The combination of size and raw ability is intriguing to NHL scouts. Would get earlier consideration if he skated better. I don't think he'd go before the 4th or 5th round, but I think he'll get grabbed before it's over.

Chad Suer: Looked good late in the season and in the playoffs. Scouts like his strength, but his size and skating keeps him to the later rounds if he's going to go.

Jason Bast: Smallish second year '89 is one of the most underrated players in the WHL. Wouldn't be surprised if some team uses a late round pick on him.

Todd Mathews: One of the many first year eligible backup goaltenders that were difficult for NHL scouts to see much of. Don't think he's likely to go.

Others: Brian Sommers is a decent skater and plays with a lot of energy, but probably doesn't warrant a pick. Ty Ariss didn't have enough impact to draw much interest.

Looking Ahead to 2009: Kevin Smith was the only 2009 eligible to be on the Warriors roster for a significant part of the season and will be worth keeping an eye on.

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