Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lethbridge Hurricanes 2010 Eligibles

Brody Sutter / C/RW: The best of a bleak draft crop for the Hurricanes, and even he might be lucky to go at all. Was a bit excited the first time I saw this guy two seasons ago, with what looked like decent hockey sense and a desire to crash and bang. But the hands just have not come around at all despite this guy getting a ton of playing time. Probably not much more than a camp invite.

Brennan Yadlowski / D ('91): Liked this guy last season, but was very surprised he didn't go in the last draft. Improved some this season, but probably not enough that I'd pound the table for this guy again for anything more than a camp invite.

Derek Ryckman / D: Had pretty high expectations that this guy could at least be a middle-rounder coming into this season, but an early shoulder injury pretty much robbed him of a year of development. Will be a guy I'll still keep a close eye on next season.

Jacob Berglund / LW: This guy is quite the shootout ace, but that doesn't seem to translate to the rest of the game. Good defensively and has some hidden raw talent, but probably not enough to be a pick.

Other 2010s: Ryon Moser, Graham Hood, Landon Oslanski, Brandon Anderson, Ville Kolppanen.

2011 Outlook: Daniel Johnston, Mark Reners, Reid Jackson, Neil Tarnasky. Johnston was the big prize in the Sbisa trade and has a lot of puck moving ability. He's on my list as a mid- to late-rounder right now. Reners is very talented, but will have to produce at his size. Phil Tot is a 2012.

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