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COYOTES DRAFT PREVIEW: WEDNESDAY

Tuesday, 06.12.2007 / 5:31 PM / Features
By Chad Lynch
As the Phoenix Coyotes prepare for the upcoming 2007 NHL Entry Draft, PhoenixCoyotes.com will begin daily ‘scouting reports,’ looking at a three potential draftees in a new feature titled: “Coyotes Draft Preview.”

In this installment of “Coyotes Draft Preview”, PhoenixCoyotes.com takes a closer look at the 14th, 16th and 18th ranked North American Skaters, as compiled by Central Scouting’s Final Rankings.

BRETT MACLEAN
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
Team: Oshawa Generals
D.O.B: December 24, 1988
Height: 6' 1”
Weight: 196 lbs.
Position: Left Wing
Shoots Right
Ranked: 14th among North American Skaters

Notes: Scored 100 points (47 goals, 53 assists) in 68 games last season with the Oshawa Generals...was nonth in the OHL and second on the team in scoring...selected to participate in the 2007 CHL Prospects Game...named to the OHL Eastern Conference All-Star Team in 2007...a power forward that uses his size well to protect the puck and create scoring chances...has great scoring drive and is willing to battle in traffic.

MAX PACIORETTY
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Unites States Hockey League (USHL)
Team: Sioux City
D.O.B: September 12, 1989
Height: 6' 3”
Weight: 195 lbs.
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Ranked: 16th among North American Skaters

Notes: Last season, posted 63 points (21 goals, 42 assists) in 60 games...a competitive power forward with a good physical presence...has a very good wrist shot with a quick release...is a good skater with excellent first step quickness...strong in the face-off circle and does what is takes to help his team win....needs to improve his consistency around the net...effective on the penalty kill, but needs to improve his defensive anticipation.

NICK ROSS
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Western Hockey League (WHL)
Team: Regina Pats
D.O.B: February 10, 1989
Height: 6' 1”
Weight: 188 lbs.
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Ranked: 18th among North American Skaters

Notes: Posted 31 points (7 goals, 24 assists) in 70 games last season...a skilled playmaking defenseman...very good at reading the ice and making smart plays...has a strong physical presence and can make the big hit...has good speed and is able to jump into the rush...sometimes appears too casual and needs to play with more urgency.

PREVIOUS PREVIEWS:
Tuesday, June 12th - North American Skaters (#11, #12, #13)
Monday, June 11th - North American Skaters (#8, #9, #10)
Sunday, June 10th - North American Skaters (#5, #6, #7)
Saturday, June 9th - North American Skaters (#1, #2, #3)
Friday, June 8th - European Goaltenders
Thursday, June 7th - North American Goaltenders
 
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