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COYOTES DRAFT PREVIEW: FRIDAY

Tuesday, 06.12.2007 / 7:05 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 23rd, 24th & 25th ranked North American Skaters, as compiled by Central Scouting’s Final Rankings.

PATRICK WHITE
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: High School - Minnesota (HIGH MN)
Team: Grand Rapids
D.O.B: January 20, 1989
Height: 6' 1”
Weight: 180 lbs.
Position: Center
Shoots Right
Ranked: 23rd among North American Skaters

Notes: Spent time last season with his Grand Rapids high school team (36 points in 17 games) and Tri-City of the USHL (9 points in 12 games)...a skilled forward with the ability to make a difference...strong player with a physical presence...plays tough in the corners and in traffic...is good on the right wing and gets his wrist shot off with ease...sometimes lacks urgency  in his play.

NICK SPALING
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
Team: Kitchener Rangers
D.O.B: September 19, 1988
Height: 6' 0”
Weight: 180 lbs.
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Ranked: 24th among North American Skaters

Notes: Scored 59 points (23 goals, 36 assists) in 61 games with Kitchener last season...has good energy and the ability to make plays...willing to tkae the puck into traffic and battles at both ends of the ice...tracks down rebounds and makes plays around the net...good in the face-off circle and penalty kill...needs to increase his physical presence and his ability to protect the puck...needs to improve his footwork and mobility.

COLBY COHEN
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: United States Hockey League (USHL)
Team: Lincoln
D.O.B: April 25, 1989
Height: 6' 2”
Weight: 200 lbs.
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Ranked: 25th among North American Skaters

Notes: Recorded 60 points (13 goals, 47 assists) in 53 games with Lincoln last season...a skilled offensive defenseman...has good puck skills and good shot from the point...makes good passes and sees the ice well...needs to improve his defensive positioning and the consistency of his work ethic.

PREVIOUS PREVIEWS:
Thursday, June 14th - North American Skaters (#20, #21, #22)
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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