Friday, January 15, 2010

2010 DRAFT: Prospects on TV today

The future is now...or least part of it is tonight.

Fire up the DVRs, at 7pm PST you'll have the rare chance to see Canadian Junior Hockey on TV in the southland. FoxSports Northwest, available on DirecTV channel 687, will be showing the WHL game between the Everett Silvertips and Chilliwack Bruins (Oscar Moller's old team).

Moller was selected 52nd overall by the Kings back at the 2008 NHL Draft.

Tonight's game will feature six players appearing on last week's Midterm Rankings released by the National Hockey League's Central Scouting Service. The list categorizes all top draft-eligible prospects by area (North America-Europe) and position (skater-goaltender) in advance of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft being held in Los Angeles this June.

NHL Central Scouting ranked players in this game:

Everett Silvertips
Goaltender Kent Simpson (#7 N. American goalie)
Skaters - Alex Theriau (#74) and Radko Gudas (#131)

Simpson is a 17 year old goaltender from Edmonton, Alberta who currently leads the WHL with a .922 save percentage. Theriau is a 6'2" defenseman from Duncan, British Columbia, also 17 years old. The eldest of the group, 19 year old defenseman Gudas, is from Prague, Czech Republic. He's on the smaller side, only 5'11", and represented his country at the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships. Of interesting note, Gudas was invited to the LA Kings training camp back in September.

In an interview here, this is what he had to say about the experience:

"It was a pretty good experience. I was there in the summer in (Kings) development camp and they invited me to the rookie camp so I really enjoyed it. LA’s a great city and the training camp and rookie camp were pretty good...there were many things I learned. The hockey is different from Europe so I had to change my style for playing to another system and smaller ice."

Chilliwack Bruins
Forward Kevin Sundher (#92)
Defenseman Tyler Stahl (#96)
Forward Dylen McKinlay (#156)

Sundher is from Surrey, BC and currently stands 6' even. He'll be turning 19 on Monday. Rookie defenseman Stahl is 6'2" and originally from Drumheller, Alberta. He'll turn 19 on January 29th. McKinlay is another BC boy, hailing from Langley, BC.

For the full list of draft-eligible skaters and goaltenders ranked by the NHL's Central Scouting division click here.

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