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COYOTES DRAFT PREVIEW: SATURDAY

Tuesday, 06.12.2007 / 7:43 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 26th & 27th & ranked North American Skaters and the 3rd ranked European Skater, as compiled by Central Scouting’s Final Rankings.

THOMAS HICKEY
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Western Hockey League (WHL)
Team: Seattle Thunderbirds
D.O.B: February 8, 1989
Height: 5' 11”
Weight: 182 lbs.
Position: Defense
Shoots Left
Ranked: 26th among North American Skaters

Notes: Last season, scored 50 points (9 goals, 41 assists) in 6 games with Seattle...a skilled defenseman...positions himself well defensively and has god anticipation of the play...able to skate the puck out of the zone and make good outlet passes...controls the power-play with patience and is smart with the puck...needs to improve his one-on-one containment out of the corners...needs to be more consistent with his physical presence.

BRANDON SUTTER
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Western Hockey League (WHL)
Team: Red Deer Rebels
D.O.B: February 14, 1989
Height: 6' 3”
Weight: 170 lbs.
Position: Center / Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Ranked: 27th among North American Skaters

Notes: Tallied 57 points (20 goals, 37 assists) in 71 games last season as a member of the Red Deer Rebels...a skilled forward that is opportunistic in the offensive end...is very smart with the puck...has a good work ethic and excellent puck-pursuit...very versatile and used in all situations...sometimes tires at the end of a shift and needs to work on his conditioning...needs to improve his one-on-one skills.

LARS ELLER
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Sweden Jr. (SWE Jr.)
Team: Frolunda Jr.
D.O.B: May 8, 1989
Height: 6' 1”
Weight: 198 lbs.
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Ranked: 3rd among European Skaters

Notes: Scored 55 points (18 goals, 37 assists) in 39 games last season...a skilled playmaking forward...has good mobility and break-away speed...controls the puck well and competes for the puck...uses his size and strength to his advantage...possesses an excellent shot with a quick release and sees the ice well...played for Denmark at the 2007 Under-18 World Championships.

PREVIOUS PREVIEWS:
Friday, June 15th - North American Skaters (#23, #24, #25)
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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