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Future Watch 2009

Future Watch 2009

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

TEAM REPORTS

WINDS OF CHANGE IN FRANCIS’ WAKE

In recent years, the Hurricanes have turned the first round of the draft into a pipeline to the NHL. The later rounds, however, have been a road to nowhere. On one hand, recent first rounds have brought in players such as Cam Ward, Eric Staal and Brandon Sutter. However, Ryan Bayda and Chad LaRose are the only Canes-drafted players on the roster who were selected after the first round. Since the appointment of Ron Francis to a player development post in 2006, the pattern is changing for the first time since Erik Cole and Josef Vasicek came out of the middle rounds in the ’98 draft. 1 ZACH BOYCHUK, C, 19, Lethbridge (WHL) 5-10, 180, 25-15-16-31-10 OVERALL 16 Off-season wrist surgery didn’t slow down Boychuk. He was so impressive in training camp – even with only…

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UP FRONT

What scouts have to say about the upcoming CHL drafts: OHL DRAFT 2009 FIVE TO WATCH Daniel Catenacci C, 5-10, 180 Injury problems this year haven’t dropped his stock. “An offensively gifted player who plays the game at top speed.” Scott Harrington D, 6-1, 185 Can play any type of game. “Very good puck-moving ability. A great mix of skill, mobility, edge and hockey smarts.” Rocco Grimaldi C, 5-7, 150 WHL protected, so he may be ruled ineligible. “He has the ability to go end to end.” Matthew Puempel LW, 6-1, 190 Excels by making players around him better. Can finish and is a great passer.”A pure goal-scorer.” Ryan Murphy D, 5-9, 145 An offensive defenseman with speed to burn. “A unique player. Has the ability to take over a game.” QMJHL DRAFT 2009 FIVE TO WATCH Brent…

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WEST COAST RISES WITH MCCOLGAN

If you think everything’s laid-back in sunny California, you obviously haven’t stepped on the ice with Shane McColgan of the L.A. Jr. Kings. “He’s a very skilled player, but he’s really intense,” said Kelowna Rockets GM Bruce Hamilton, who has procured the youngster’s services for the future. Added Jr. Kings coach Jack Bowkus: “His competitiveness is second-to-none, he’s a Jarome Iginla type of player.” And like Iggy, McColgan is happy to put up stats of all kinds. Sure, the 15-year-old was a top-10 scorer in the under-18 Midwest Elite League this season, but the L.A. fireball can also rack up penalty minutes, as he proved at a United States League showcase before the season began. “Yeah, I squared off and dropped the gloves,” McColgan said. “I won. And the kid I fought is on…

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ACE SPITFIRE HALL FLYING UNDER RADAR

There is always going to be a “Next One.” It’s the nature of the game and the carrot that drives the scouting mule cart. Fortunately for Windsor Spitfires dynamo Taylor Hall, the unrelenting hype that usually accompanies a future No. 1 draft pick has largely been muted thanks to the player right in front of him – John Tavares. Like Tavares, Hall’s birthday falls just after the draft eligibility deadline, meaning the wily center won’t be on the board until 2010. So while Johnny T will finally be in the NHL next year, Hall will still be plying his trade in the Ontario League, which is just fine with him. “It gives me more opportunity to grow as a player and as a person,” Hall said. “I have so much time and…