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COYOTES DRAFT PREVIEW: THURSDAY

Tuesday, 06.12.2007 / 6:39 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 20th, 21st & 22nd ranked North American Skaters, as compiled by Central Scouting’s Final Rankings.

OSCAR MOLLER
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Western Hockey League (WHL)
Team: Chiliwack  Bruins
D.O.B: January 22, 1989
Height: 5' 11”
Weight: 179 lbs.
Position: Center
Shoots Right
Ranked: 20th among North American Skaters

Notes: Last season, registered 69 points (32 goals, 37 assists) with Chilliwack...a playmaking forward with a good work ethic...is a two-way player that competes every shift...has good skating ability and vision...anticipates the play well and handles the puck with ease...needs to improve his ability to fight through checks and play in traffic.

NICHOLAS PETRECKI
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Unites States Hockey League (USHL)
Team: Omaha
D.O.B: July 11, 1989
Height: 6' 3”
Weight: 213 lbs.
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Ranked: 21st among North American Skaters

Notes: Posted 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 54 games last season...a stay-at-home defenseman with excellent speed and lateral quickness...has a strong physical presence on the ice with the ability to make a big hit...is quick to the puck and makes hard and accurate passes...needs to improve the consistency of his decision-making and discipline.

MIKE HOEFFEL
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: U.S. National Development U-18  Program
Team: USA Under-18
D.O.B: April 9, 1989
Height: 6' 2”
Weight: 186 lbs.
Position: Wing
Shoots: Left
Ranked: 22nd among North American Skaters

Notes: Scored 23 points (16 goals, 7 assists) in 44 games during the 2006-07 season...a power forward...has an excellent skating stride and speed...has good puck pursuit...plays tough in the corners and around the net...has a good shot with a quick release...needs to improve his puck handling in traffic and at top speed...needs to make more consistent decisions with the puck.

PREVIOUS PREVIEWS:
Wednesday, June 13th - North American Skaters (#14, #16, #18)
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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