By NEHJ Staff
New England Hockey Journal keeps tabs on all the New Englanders selected at this year's draft and more, with analysis from Kirk Luedeke, quotes from the draftees and more:
TRADE - The Vancouver Canucks have traded goalie Cory Schneider to New Jersey for the ninth overall pick. After failing to trade Roberto Luongo over the past year, during which Schneider became the No. 1 goaltender, the Canucks will now part with the Marblehead, Mass., native, who was presumed to be a franchise cornerstone going forward. Schneider, a BC alum, went 17-9-4 with a 2.11 goals-against average in 2012-13.
33rd overall - Our top-ranked New Englander is off the board. Adam Erne (North Branford, Conn.) goes 33rd to the Lightning. The 6-foot-1 winger had 72 points in 68 games for the Quebec Remparts in 2012-13. Here's Kirk Luedeke's scouting report on Erne:
61st overall - The Capitals have selected Auburn, N.H., native Zach Sanford. An EJHL standout, Sanford had 36 points in 37 games for the Islanders Hockey Club (Middlesex). Here are Kirk's thoughts on the 6-foot-3 winger:
74th overall - U.S. NTDP center John Hayden has been selected by the Stanley Cup champs. Chicago grabbed the skilled center in the third round. Hayden is coming off a season that saw him notch 20 points in 24 games. Here are Kirk's thoughts on the Greenwich, Conn., native:
85th overall - The Canucks have selected Cole Cassels, the son of former NHLer Andrew Cassels. Here's what Kirk had to say on the Hartford native:
(Cassels) has exhibited good potential as a two-way forward, even if he didn’t consistently put things together in his draft year. Some have questioned the motor and work ethic, but he’s got good quickness and a slick stick for making plays, much like his old man. A former OHL first-round pick in 2011, Cassels has yet to justify that level of confidence and might not ever do it. Still, for teams that value NHL bloodlines, he’s not a bad pick to make in the fourth or later rounds.
100th overall - The first triple-digit draft choice was used on Manchester by the Sea, Mass., native Miles Wood by the Devils. The 6-foot-1 forward shined on the prep circuit for Nobles in Massachusetts, notching 18 points in 15 games.
119th overall - Pittsburgh selected rugged d-man Ryan Segalla. The UConn recruit is a Rockland, Mass., native. He led Salisbury to a prep championship, is a big hitter and does everything well.
120th overall - The Bruins continued their penchant for selecting local kids in the middle rounds, grabbing Ryan Fitzgerald with their third selection in the 2013 draft. The North Reading, Mass., native was a champion at Malden Catholic and won the MVP Award at the All-American Prospects Game last fall. Here's Kirk's analysis:
143rd overall - The Buffalo Sabres have nabbed West Roxbury, Mass., native Anthony Florentino here in the fifth round. The 6-foot-1 blue-liner posseses a noteworthy offensive game and will be attending Providence College beginning this fall.
150th overall - Continuing their fourth round trend of drafting local kids, the Boston Bruins have drafted 6-foot-6 defensemen Wiley Sherman (Greenwich, Conn.) in round five. The 18-year-old is a fluid skater despite his size, and has shown noticeable improvement in his defensive zone game. He'll be attending Harvard University in the fall. Here's Kirk's analysis:
157th overall - Calgary has selected Dexter standout Tim Harrison (Duxbury, Mass.), a 6-foot-3 winger, with the sixth pick here in the fifth round.
161st overall - Chris LeBlanc, now in his third year of eligibility, was picked by the Sens in the sixth round. The Winthrop, Mass., native is a Merrimack recruit. He had 33 points in 44 games this past season for the EJHL's South Shore Kings.
174th overall - St. John's Prep star Brian Pinho (North Andover, Mass.) was selected by the Caps in the sixth round. Here's Kirk's scouting report on the future Providence Friar: