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OFF THE ICE

2007 Oilers Round 1 Wrap-Up

Friday, 22.06.2007 / 11:56 PM / Off the Ice
By Marc Ciampa  - edmontonoilers.com
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2007 Oilers Round 1 Wrap-Up
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SAM GAGNER
London • OHL
5'11", 191 lbs. Centre/Wing, shoots right
Born: August 10, 1989 in London, Ontario
Final Ranking: 6 • Mid-Term Ranking: 3

Central Scouting Report: A skilled forward with the ability to make the big plays… has very good hands and is creative with the puck… has a good wrist shot with a quick release... has high-end passing skill both forehand and backhand… sees the ice very well… reliable in the defensive end and used in critical situations… a good skater, but needs to work on his acceleration and mobility… needs to improve his ability to fight through checks.

Hockey Profile: Was the youngest member of Team Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 2007 World Junior Championships in Sweden… member of the Western Conference All-Stars for the OHL All-Star Classic, tallying five points (1-4-5)… participated in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game.

Statistics
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 London OHL 53 35 83 118 36 International Scouting Service: 7
Central Scouting:
6 - North America
The Hockey News:
6

Oilers VP of Hockey Operations Kevin Prendergast:

“Skilled, slick, got some grit to his game. Not very big at 5’10” 190 lbs but great pedigree from his dad.

“Learned how to play in that hockey system in London where offence comes first.

“Him and Kane were a great twosome. He sees the ice well, he makes things happen and he makes players around him better.”

ALEX PLANTE
Calgary • WHL
6'4", 225 lbs. Defence, shoots right
Born: May 9, 1989 in Brandon, Manitoba
Final Ranking: 72 • Mid-Term Ranking: 56 • North American Skater

Central Scouting Report:
A stay-at-home defenseman with good size... has a long stride and is able to skate the puck out of his own zone... moves the puck quickly and shoots well from the point... is well positioned... needs to improve his foot speed and agility… needs to improve his play under pressure.

Personal Profile:
Nickname is Planter… wears #4 because it’s a “good defenseman’s number”… names his parents as having the most influence on his career because of their time and effort… patterns his game after Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr… most memorable hockey game: first WHL game in his hometown against the Brandon Wheat Kings… most memorable hockey game watched: 2004 Stanley Cup Final between the Calgary Flames and the Tampa Bay Lightning… on a shootout he likes to “fake the slap-shot, then go backhand top shelf”… if he could invite any three people to dinner they would be: Don Cherry – “he’d have some good stories", Will Ferrell – “he’s funny” and Larry the Cable Guy – “to see how his table manners are”… favorites include: Montreal Canadiens (NHL team), Colorado’s Joe Sakic (NHL player), Friends (TV show), Ms. Pacman (video game), Talladega Nights (movie), Will Ferrell (actor) and ACDC (rock group).

Statistics
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 Calgary WHL 58 8 30 38 81

Oilers Scout Bob Brown:

"Plante, agility wise has to get better. He might be a little more gifted on the offensive side compared to (Karl) Alzner."

"Makes a good first pass up the ice. If he can smooth out his skating - he has a decent stride - he could have a terrific upside in the years down the road."

Riley Nash
RILEY NASH
Salmon Arm • BCHL
6'1", 175 lbs. Center, shoots right
Born: May 9, 1989 in Consort, Alberta
Final Ranking: 64 • Mid-Term Ranking: 99 • North American Skater

Central Scouting Report:
A skilled forward... a shifty center with good skating ability... handles the puck with ease and is smart positionally… needs to be more consistent through 60 minutes... needs to improve his ability to get in to good scoring position.

Hockey Profile: Named the BCHL Rookie-of-the-Year in 2007 after leading his team in scoring with 83 points (38-45-83) in 55 games… had a team high 11 points in the 2007 playoffs… will attend Cornell University in 2007.

Personal Profile: Nickname is Double-R “stands for Rowdy Riley”… wears #15 because it’s the same number New Jersey’s Travis Zajac wore in Salmon Arm… patterns his game after former Detroit Red Wings’ great Steve Yzerman – “he sees the ice well, moves the puck, can finish and is solid defensively”… credits his parents for having the most influence on his career because of their support and admires them for all their hard work… putting the left side of his equipment on before the right is part of his pre-game superstitions… most memorable hockey game played: Under-17 World Junior A Challenge semi-final in Regina 2006… most memorable hockey game watched: 2002 Olympic gold medal game between the U.S. and Canada… if he could invite any three people to dinner they would be: Steve Yzerman – “tremendous leader and my favorite player", George Bush – “one of the most powerful people in the world” and Bobby Orr – “greatest player to ever play the game and my dad would be in awe”… favorites include: “fake shot to backhand or five hole” (shootout move), Vancouver Canucks (NHL team), NHL 2007 (video game), Keith Urban (country singer), Rascal Flatts (country group), Will Ferrell (actor), Old School (movie) and The O.C. (TV show).

Statistics
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 Salmon Arm BCHL 55 38 45 83 87
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