Wednesday, June 22, 2011

NHL draft upcoming

This weekend, 210 players will hear their names called and become parts of NHL organizations. 

As usual, we'll likely hear the Indiana Ice in the mix.

The first round of the draft will be in prime time at 7 p.m. Friday night and televised by Versus. The second through seventh rounds will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and be televised by NHL Network.

Among the Icemen who could get the call:
Sean Kuraly. Ranked 50th among North American skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau. Had eight goals and 21 assists for the Ice last year, and will likely be back in Indy this winter.
Brian Ferlin. Ranked 152nd among North American skaters by the CSB. Was the USHL's third-leading scorer last year with 25 goals and 48 assists. He will play collegiately at Cornell University next year.
Blake Coleman. Ranked 198th among North American skaters by the CSB, but was the USA Hockey National Junior Player of the Year last season. He totaled 34 goals and 58 assists and was the USHL's leading scorer. He was named league MVP and top forward. He will play collegiately at Miami (Ohio) next year.

“I think these players have proven on the ice what there capabilities are now and what their abilities could be in the future,” Ice president Charlie Skjodt said in a press release issued by the team. “Today’s players are not only judged on their stats and skating, but on their character and intangibles.  I was proud to be a part of their junior careers and I know they can make an impact with the team that selects them down the road."

Also potentially hearing their names this weekend: 
Daniil Tarasov. Not ranked by the CSB, but he led the USHL in goals scored last season (37) and was the league's second-leading scorer to his linemate Blake Coleman. The Moscow native is likely be back in Indy next winter.
Jarrod Rabey. Defenseman headed to St. Cloud State University.
Joseph Fiala. Western Michigan commit, a defenseman who will likely play for the Ice this coming season after playing last year with the USNTDP team.

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