Center – Owen Sound (OHL)
First Round, 17th Overall
5-10, 170 lbs – Shoots Left
Hishon was limited to just 36 games with the Owen Sound Attack (OHL) this past season due to two separate injuries (foot/knee)… Produced 40 points (16g/24a) for a team-leading 1.11 points-per-game average… Tied for the club lead with a +10 plus/minus rating… In 2008-09, led Owen Sound in goals (37), assists (44) and points (81)…Voted the “Best Playmaker” and “Best Stickhandler” in the OHL’s Western Conference by the league’s coaches…Represented Team Canada at the 2009 IIHF World Under-18 Championship and was the team’s leading scorer with 10 points (5g/5a) in six games… Also named to Team Ontario at the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge… Joined up with a local company in Owen Sound to create ‘Hishon for Hodgkins’ in which a donation is made to the Canadian Cancer Society for every goal ($100) and assist ($50) that he collects during home games.What They’re Saying About HishonRick Pracey, Avalanche Director of Amateur Scouting
“We’re really excited to be able to select Joey, he’s a player with high character, instinct and skill, three traits we place high emphasis on.”Chris Edwards, NHL Central Scouting
"He's a high-energy, hustle bug, he's got pretty good skill. He's one of those guys that is really noticeable when you see him play because of his work ethic and the energy he brings every night.”He Said It
“I’m speechless right now. It’s a pretty surreal feeling and something I’ve dreamed of my entire life,” said Hishon. “I can’t wait to get to training camp and look forward to playing for the Colorado Avalanche some day. Denver is an unbelievable town with unbelievable fans, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Goaltender – Seattle (WHL)
Second Round, 49th overall
6-0, 195 lbs – Catches Left
In 2009-10, Pickard led all Western Hockey League goaltenders in minutes played (3688), total saves (2207) and finished sixth overall in save-percentage (0.914)… Was the 1st ranked North American goaltender in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings…Pickard faced more than 40 shots on 20 different occasions in 2009-10. He was an impressive 3-0-1 when facing more than 50 shots -- highlighted by a 57-save shutout on October 2, 2009… He represented Canada at the 2010 Under-18 World Championships and won gold at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament…As a rookie in 2008-09, Pickard played 47 games (26-16-1-4) for Seattle, leading all rookie goaltenders in wins (26) and ranking third in save-percentage (0.896).What They’re Saying About Him:NHL Central Scouting’s Al Jensen
"He's a solid goalie, he’s not really a huge goalie (6-foot, 200 pounds), but he plays big. His positional play is excellent; he reads the play very well. He's a very confident goalie that plays calm and relaxed. He always seems to give himself a chance to stop the puck and
always seems to know where to be.”
Left Wing – Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Third Round, 71st Overall
5-11, 179 lbs – Shoots Left
Was the 75th ranked North American Skater in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings… Competed in the 2010 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game… Totaled 62 points (24g/38a) in 58 games during the 2009-10 season…Played in six playoff games, scoring two goals and chipping in two assists for four points… Played for Team Orr at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game...Played for Team Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.
Defenseman – Belleville (OHL)
Fourth Round, 95th Overall
6-0.5, 183lbs – Shoots Left
Was ranked No. 60 among North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings… Named the Bulls’ Rookie of the Year in 2008-09 as he played on the blueline alongside P.K. Subban (43rd overall, by Montreal in 2007) and Shawn Lalonde (68th overall, by Chicago in 2008)… He was drafted in the first round (19th overall) in the OHL priority selection after he won a gold medal with Team Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and completed his Midget AAA season with Halton… Got his start in hockey at the age of four after he began public skating and he credits his uncle, Peter, for having a big impact on his career for helping him believe in his abilities… Finished second on Belleville's scoring chart this past season with four goals and 45 assists in 66 games played… Represented Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Under-18 Championship… Participated in the Subway Super Series and the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game this season.What They’re Saying About SilasChris Edwards, NHL Central Scouting
“He's a solid guy, he got lots of opportunities last year to play in the top four defense and power-play and penalty-kill units and I would expect he's going to be a top-four or top-two guy again this year. He's going to get lots of opportunities to produce. He's got lots of skill, moves the puck well, he's got a good shot, lots of energy. Can play physical when he has to, but I see him more as a puck-moving guy."George Burnett, Belleville Bulls GM and head coach
“Stephen is a smart player who possesses quick feet and a good stick. He is extremely competitive and has excellent vision.”
Goalie– Ilves-Jr. (Finland-Jr.)
Fourth Round, 107th Overall
6-1, 174 lbs – Catches Left
In 2009-10, Aittokallio played for Ilves Jr. in the U-20 Junior "A" league…In 23 games, he registered a 3.20 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage…In nine playoff contests, Aittokallio posted a 2.26 and a .925 save percentage...An ankle injury kept him off Finland's entry at the 2010 IIHF World Under-18 Championship..In 2008-09, Sami played for Ilves in the U-20 Junior "A" league… In 13 games, posted a 2.71 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage.
Defenseman– Portland (WHL)
Fifth Round, 137th Overall
6-2, 208 lbs – Shoots Right
Was the 44th ranked North American Skater in NHL Central Scouting ‘s final rankings…Had a strong season on the blueline in Portland, recording 43 points (12-31--43) and a plus-13 rating helping the Winterhawks to 44-25-2-1 record in 2009-10 and a playoff spot for the first time since 2006…Led the team with a plus-six rating and added seven points (4-3--7) in 13 playoff games in 2010…Played on a Portland team that features five draft-eligible players ranked in the top 90 North American skaters including: Ryan Johansen (No. 10 ranked), Nino Niederreiter (No. 12 ranked), Bradley Ross (No. 59 ranked) and California-born defenseman Taylor Aronson (No. 88 ranked)…Joined friends Mark Pysyk (No. 7 ranked) and Alexander Petrovic (No. 29 ranked) as Edmonton-area defensemen ranked in the top 45. He was roommates with Pysyk while playing for Team Pacific at the World Under-17 Challenge and Alexander Petrovic was a minor hockey opponent growing up…North Serra was his minor hockey association and his most memorable hockey achievement is a peewee provincial championship in which his team only lost three games all season. What They’re Saying About Rutkowski B.J. MacDonald, NHL Central Scouting
"He has worked hard through the course of the season on fitness and his all-round defensive game. He has good offensive instincts, which is hard to teach. He knows when to jump up in the play to make an odd-man situation, which is a huge plus. He can be taught better defense as he matures. He has good size so he will learn to be stronger in his own zone, and his containment is improving. I think he is a smart enough player to realize he can balance both facets of game to be successful at the next level." Mike Johnston, Portland Winterhawks GM and head coach
"Troy is a very skilled defenseman with great deception and poise with the puck when he moves it in offensive situations. He has great offensive instincts and has committed really hard to his defensive game, both playing more physical and being better at reads defensively. I think that’s been the biggest improvement in his game."
Right Wing– Portland (WHL)
Fifth Round, 139th Overall
6-1, 184 lbs – Shoots Right
Competed at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship for U.S. National Junior Team in 2010, helping Team USA earn a gold medal at the event...Walker is the son of former New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings forward Gordie Walker...In 2008-2009, his 29 goals tied him for 37th in the league…Was the lone Winterhawk to tally a hat trick, doing so twice.
Center – USA U-18 (USHL)
Seventh Round, 197st Overall
6-1, 187 lbs – Shoots Right
Was the 95th ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings…Totaled 37 points (18g/19a) in 65 games for the U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2009-10...Tied for the team lead with two short-handed tallies...He will attend the University of Michigan in 2010- 2011.