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Top 30 Prospects of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft

Tuesday, 29.05.2007 / 3:45 AM / Features
By Marc Ciampa  - edmontonoilers.com
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Top 30 Prospects of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
Defenceman Jonathon Blum, ranked 16th by ISS, won the Memorial Cup this past weekend with the Vancouver Giants

On June 22 when the Edmonton Oilers step up to the podium, it will be the first time the team drafted in the opening round since selecting Andrew Cogliano 25th overall in 2005.

At sixth overall, the Oilers will draft at their highest position since taking Boyd Devereaux sixth in 1996.

This season Oilers fans will be paying extra attention to the draft. Edmonton chooses sixth overall, 15th overall and either 29th or 30th overall depending on the fate of the Anaheim Ducks in the Stanley Cup Final.

With a choice at the beginning, middle and end of round one there is no shortage of intriguing prospects scattered throughout the top 30. During the month of June edmontonoilers.com will focus on the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Stories include  draft prospects, spots where the Oilers are picking, and interviews with Oilers scouts, coaches and management.

For starters, here is a brief look at each of the top 30 prospects projected to go in the opening round in late June as ranked by International Scouting Service. Look for more in-depth information in the coming weeks on many of these prospects as the draft date approaches.

1. JACUB VORACEK (Halifax, QMJHL)
Position:
RW
Shoots: L
Born: July 15, 1989 in Slany, Czech Republic
Height: 6’1” Weight: 191 lbs

International Scouting Service: 1
Central Scouting:
7 - North America
The Hockey News:
4

2. PATRICK KANE (London, OHL)
Position:
RW
Shoots: L
Born: November 19, 1988 in Buffalo, NY
Height: 5’9” Weight: 160 lbs

International Scouting Service: 1
Central Scouting:
7 - North America
The Hockey News:
4

3. ALEXEI CHEREPANOV (Avangard Omsk, Russia)
Position:
RW
Shoots: L
Born: January 15, 1989 in Omsk, Russia
Height: 6’0” Weight: 185 lbs

International Scouting Service: 3
Central Scouting:
1 - Europe
The Hockey News:
5

4. KYLE TURRIS (Burnaby, BCHL)
Position:
C
Shoots: R
Born: August 14, 1989 in New Westminster, B.C.
Height: 6’0” Weight: 170 lbs

International Scouting Service: 4
Central Scouting:
1 - North America
The Hockey News:
3 5. JAMES VANRIEMSDYK (USA, U-18)

Position: LW
Shoots: L
Born: May 4, 1989 in Middleton, NJ
Height: 6’3” Weight: 190 lbs

International Scouting Service: 5
Central Scouting:
3 - North America
The Hockey News:
2

6. KARL ALZNER (Calgary, WHL)
Position:
D
Shoots: L
Born: September 24, 1988 in Burnaby, BC
Height: 6’2” Weight: 206 lbs

International Scouting Service: 6
Central Scouting:
5 - North America
The Hockey News:
8

7. SAM GAGNER (London, OHL)
Position:
C
Shoots: R
Born: August 10, 1989 in Oakville, ON
Height: 5’10” Weight: 191 lbs

International Scouting Service: 7
Central Scouting:
6 - North America
The Hockey News:
6

8. MAXIM MAYOROV (Leninogorsk, Rus.)
Position:
LW
Shoots: L
Born: March 26, 1989 in Ufa, Russia
Height: 6’2” Weight: 187 lbs

International Scouting Service: 8
Central Scouting:
4 - Europe
The Hockey News:
14

9. KEATON ELLERBY (Kamloops, WHL)

Position: D
Shoots:
L
Born:
November 5, 1988 in Okotoks, AB
Height:
6’4” Weight: 186 lbs

International Scouting Service: 9
Central Scouting:
4 - North America
The Hockey News:
11

10. LOGAN COUTURE (Ottawa, OHL)
Position:
C
Shoots:
L
Born:
March 28, 1989 in London, ON
Height:
6’0” Weight: 195 lbs

International Scouting Service: 10
Central Scouting:
19 - North America
The Hockey News:
7

11. ANGELO ESPOSITO (Quebec, QMJHL)
Position:
C
Shoots:
L
Born:
February 20, 1989 in Montreal, PQ
Height:
6’1” Weight: 180 lbs

International Scouting Service: 11
Central Scouting:
8 - North America
The Hockey News:
9

12. COLTON GILLIES (Saskatoon, WHL)
Position:
C
Shoots:
L
Born:
February 12, 1989 in Surrey, BC
Height:
6’3” Weight: 189 lbs

International Scouting Service: 12
Central Scouting:
30 - North America
The Hockey News:
13

13. NICK PETRECKI (Omaha, USHL)
Position:
D
Shoots:
L
Born:
July 11, 1989 in Clifton Park, NY
Height:
6’3” Weight: 213 lbs

International Scouting Service: 13
Central Scouting:
21 - North America
The Hockey News:
15

14. JOAKIM ANDERSSON (Frolunda, Swe.)
Position:
C
Shoots:
L
Born:
February 5, 1989 in Munkedal, Sweden
Height:
6'2” Weight: 198 lbs

International Scouting Service: 14
Central Scouting:
5 - Europe
The Hockey News:
21

15. ALEX PLANTE (Calgary, WHL)
Position:
D
Shoots:
R
Born:
May 9, 1989 in Brandon, MB
Height:
6’3” Weight: 225 lbs

International Scouting Service: 15
Central Scouting:
72 - North America
The Hockey News:
16

16. JONATHON BLUM (Vancouver, WHL)
Position:
D
Shoots:
R
Born:
January 30, 1989 in Irvine, CA
Height:
6’0” Weight: 160 lbs

International Scouting Service: 16
Central Scouting:
17 - North America
The Hockey News:
17

17. THOMAS HICKEY (Seattle, WHL)
Position:
D
Shoots:
L
Born:
February 9, 1989 in Calgary, AB
Height:
5’10” Weight: 182 lbs

International Scouting Service: 17
Central Scouting:
26 - North America
The Hockey News:
22

18. ZACH HAMILL (Everett, WHL)
Position:
C
Shoots:
R
Born:
September 23, 1988 in Port Coquitlam, BC
Height:
5’10” Weight: 180 lbs

International Scouting Service: 18
Central Scouting:
9 - North America
The Hockey News:
12

19. AKIM ALIU (Sudbury, OHL)
Position:
RW
Shoots:
R
Born:
April 24, 1989 in Okene, Nigeria
Height:
6’3” Weight: 209 lbs

International Scouting Service: 19
Central Scouting:
41 - North America
The Hockey News:
50

20. BRANDON SUTTER (Red Deer, WHL)
Position:
C
Shoots:
R
Born:
February 14, 1989 in Red Deer, AB
Height:
6’2” Weight: 170 lbs

International Scouting Service: 20
Central Scouting:
28 - North America
The Hockey News:
10

21. KEVIN SHATTENKIRK (USA, U-18)
Position:
D
Shoots:
R
Born:
January 29, 1989 in New Rochelle, NY
Height:
5’11” Weight: 190 lbs

International Scouting Service: 21
Central Scouting:
34 - North America
The Hockey News:
18

22. MIKE HOEFFEL (USA, U-18)
Position:
LW
Shoots:
L
Born:
April 9, 1989 in North Oaks, MN
Height:
6’1” Weight: 175 lbs

International Scouting Service: 22
Central Scouting:
22 - North America
The Hockey News:
27

23. BRETT MACLEAN (Oshawa, OHL)
Position:
LW
Shoots:
R
Born:
December 24, 1988
Height:
6’1” Weight: 200 lbs

International Scouting Service: 23
Central Scouting:
14 - North America
The Hockey News:
32

24. OSCAR MOLLER (Chilliwack, WHL)
Position:
RW
Shoots:
R
Born:
January 22, 1989 in Spanga, Sweden
Height:
5’10” Weight: 182 lbs

International Scouting Service: 24
Central Scouting:
20 - North America
The Hockey News:
19

25. MAX GRATCHEV (Rimouski, QMJHL)
Position:
LW
Shoots:
L
Born:
September 26, 1988 in Novosibrisk, Russia
Height:
5’10” Weight: 196 lbs

International Scouting Service: 25
Central Scouting:
46 - North America
The Hockey News:
39

26. LOGAN MACMILLAN (Halifax, QMJHL)
Position:
C
Shoots:
L
Born:
July 5, 1989 in Charlottetown, PEI
Height:
6’1” Weight: 172 lbs

International Scouting Service: 26
Central Scouting:
42 - North America
The Hockey News:
38

27. JEREMY SMITH (Plymouth, OHL)
Position:
G
Catches:
L
Born:
April 13, 1989 in Brownstown, Michigan
Height:
5’11” Weight: 160 lbs

International Scouting Service: 1 - Goaltenders
Central Scouting:
1 - North American Goaltenders
The Hockey News:
42

28. ERIC DOYLE (Everett/Swift Current, WHL)
Position:
D
Shoots:
R
Born:
April 5, 1989 in Calgary, AB
Height:
6’2” Weight: 180 lbs

International Scouting Service: 28
Central Scouting:
69 - North America
The Hockey News:
36

29. TOMMY CROSS (Westminster, USHS)
Position:
D
Shoots:
L
Born:
September 12, 1989 in Simsbury, CT
Height:
6’3” Weight: 195 lbs

International Scouting Service: 29
Central Scouting:
12 - North America
The Hockey News:
45

30. DANA TYRELL (Prince George, WHL)
Position:
C
Shoots:
L
Born:
April 23, 1989 in Airdrie, AB
Height:
5’10” Weight: 185 lbs

International Scouting Service: 30
Central Scouting:
15 - North America
The Hockey News:
34

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