American power (cont.)
Posted: Monday December 3, 2007 2:20PM; Updated: Monday December 3, 2007 2:20PM
Jon Blum (Predators, 23rd overall, 2007): The top rearguard for the defending Memorial Cup champion Vancouver Giants of the WHL, Blum is a strong skater with high-end passing skills and a knack for strong positional play.
Zach Bogosian (draft eligible 2008): The big blueliner will gain valuable experience en route to a larger role on next year's team. He's impressed in the early going with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL, scoring 25 points in 23 games.
Jamie McBain (Hurricanes, 63rd overall, 2006): The sparkplug of the Wisconsin Badgers offense will be asked to play a strong two-way role as a returning vet.
Ryan McDonagh (Canadiens, 12th overall, 2007): Offensive-minded defender could team with fellow Badger McBain on the second pairing.
Kevin Montgomery (Avalanche, 110th overall, 2006): His speed and transition skills will be major assets on the big ice in the Czech Republic
Bobby Sanguinetti (Rangers, 21st overall, 2006): USA Hockey has passed on worthy major junior players in the past, but it would be self-defeating to overlook a potential power play quarterback. Sanguenetti has 17 goals and 40 points in just 28 games with Brampton of the OHL.
Kevin Shattenkirk (Avalanche, 14th overall, 2007): The Boston University star has captained two previous US international entries. His leadership and two-way skills could have him on the top pairing.
Josh Unice (Blackhawks, 86th overall, 2007): The rookie has backstopped the Kitchener Rangers to the No. 1 ranking with an OHL-leading 2.22 GAA and three shutouts.
Jeremy Smith (Predators, 54th overall, 2007): He beat out Czech national team goalie Michal Neuvirth for the top job in Plymouth thanks to an OHL-leading .933 save percentage.
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