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2006 NHL DRAFT COMBINE INVITEES

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

World's top prospects to be tested at NHL Draft Combine May 30 to June 3 in Toronto

NEW YORK/TORONTO - The world's top 115 players eligible for selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft have been invited to the League's annual Draft Combine, May 30 to June 3, 2006 at the Park Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel.

The Draft Combine will give NHL clubs a chance to eval uate hockey's future stars just three weeks before the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, June 24. Each NHL club will be represented at the Combine by scouts, management and athletic training staff. The players will conduct interviews with the clubs and undergo medical examinations and fitness testing.

The invitees represent the NHL Central Scouting department's top-rated 70 skaters and nine goaltenders from North American leagues and the projected top 36 European skaters and goaltenders. The NHL will release its final rankings of Draft-eligible players on Thursday, April 20.

Highlighting the list of invitees is a record 10 players from the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based United States National Under-18 team, led by defenseman Erik Johnson, the top-rated North American player in Central Scouting's mid-season rankings.

Among the many invitees with famous family connections in hockey are: Peterborough Petes center Jordan Staal, whose brothers Eric (Carolina Hurricanes) and Marc (Sudbury Wolves, OHL) attended the Combine in 2003 and 2005, respectively; center Viktor Tikhonov (Demitrov, Russian league), grandson of the legendary Soviet coach of the same name; U.S. National Under-18 left wing Blake Geoffrion, grandson of Hockey Hall of Famer Bernie Geoffrion and son of former NHL player Danny; and Sudbury Wolves left wing Nick Foligno, son of former NHL player and current Wolves head coach Mike Foligno.

The 2006 NHL Entry Draft is Saturday, June 24 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, broadcast nationally in Canada on TSN and in the United States on OLN beginning at 6 p.m., Eastern time.

Following is a list of the 115 players invited to the 2006 NHL Draft Combine:

NORTH AMERICAN INVITEES (SKATERS)
NAME
LEAGUE
DOB
HT
WT
POS
John Armstrong
OHL
Feb. 26, 1988
6'2"
188 lbs.
C/RW
Victor Bartley
WHL
Feb. 17, 1988
6'0"
197 lbs.
D
Matt Beleskey
OHL
Jun. 7, 1988
5'11"
202 lbs.
LW
Francois Bouchard
QMJHL
Apr. 26, 1988
6'0"
180 lbs.
RW
Derick Brassard
QMJHL
Sept. 22, 1987
6'0"
172 lbs.
C
Benjamin Breault
QMJHL
Feb. 21, 1988
5'10"
177 lbs.
C
Codey Burki
WHL
Nov. 17, 1987
6'0"
190 lbs.
C
Brady Calla
WHL
Mar. 14, 1988
6'0"
190 lbs.
RW
Mathieu Carle
QMJHL
Sept. 30, 1987
6'0"
206 lbs.
D
Michael Carman
USA
Apr. 14, 1988
6'0"
180 lbs.
C
Michael Caruso
OHL
Jul. 5, 1988
6'2"
191 lbs.
D
Cal Clutterbuck
OHL
Nov. 18, 1987
5'10"
196 lbs.
RW
Matthew Corrente
OHL
Mar. 17, 1988
5'11"
189 lbs.
D
Simon Danis-Pepin
H. EAST
Apr. 11, 1988
6'7"
208 lbs.
D
John Degray
OHL
Mar. 14, 1988
6'4"
204 lbs.
D
Jesse Dudas
WHL
Mar. 31, 1988
6'1"
214 lbs.
D
Cory Emmerton
OHL
Jun. 1, 1988
5'11"
177 lbs.
C/LW
Ondrej Fiala
WHL
Nov. 4, 1987
6'1"
183 lbs.
C
David Fischer
USHSW
Feb. 19, 1988
6'3"
185 lbs.
D
Nick Foligno
OHL
Oct. 31, 1987
6'0"
188 lbs.
LW
Michael Forney
USHSW
May 14, 1988
6'2"
185 lbs.
LW
Blake Geoffrion
USA
Feb. 3, 1988
6'1"
190 lbs.
LW
Claude Giroux
QMJHL
Jan. 12, 198
5'10"
169 lbs.
RW
Michael Grabner
WHL
Oct. 5, 1987
6'0"
170 lbs.
RW
Eric Gryba
USHL
Apr. 14, 1988
6'3"
215 lbs.
D
Ryan Hiller
QMJHL
Jan. 25, 1988
5'11"
179 lbs.
LW
Bud Holloway
WHL
Mar. 1, 1988
6'0"
190 lbs.
C/RW
Riley Holzapfel
WHL
Aug. 18, 1988
5'11"
170 lbs.
C
Bobby Hughes
OHL
Nov. 11, 1987
5'10"
170 lbs.
C
John Hughes
OHL
Jan. 6, 1988
5'9"
175 lbs.
C
Erik Johnson
USA
Mar. 21, 1988
6'4"
222 lbs.
D
Phil Kessel
WCHA
Oct. 2, 1987
6'0"
189 lbs.
C
Derrick Lapoint
USHSW
May 13, 1988
6'2"
175 lbs.
D
Pierre-Luc Lessard
QMJHL
Jan. 16, 1988
6'0"
180 lbs.

D

Trevor Lewis
USHL
Jan. 8, 1987
6'1"
192 lbs.
C
Bryan Little
OHL
Nov. 12, 1987
5'10"
190 lbs.
C
Milan Lucic
WHL
Jun. 7, 1988
6'2"
204 lbs.
LW
Luke Lynes
OHL
Nov. 28, 1987
6'0"
195 lbs.
C/LW
Aaron Marvin
USHSW
May 27, 1988
6'2"
191 lbs.
C
Shawn Matthias
OHL
Feb. 19, 1988
6'3"
211 lbs.
C
Ben Maxwell
WHL
Mar. 30, 1988
6'0"
177 lbs.
C
Jamie McGinn
OHL
Aug. 5, 1988
5'11"
179 lbs.
LW
Mark Mitera
CCHA
Oct. 22, 1987
6'3"
202 lbs.
D
Kevin Montgomery
USA
Apr. 4, 1988
6'1"
185 lbs.
D
Peter Mueller
WHL
Apr. 14, 1988
6'2"
205 lbs.
C
Andreas Nodl
USHL
Feb. 28, 1987
6'1"
196 lbs.
RW
Kyle Okposo
USHL
Apr. 16, 1988
6'0"
195 lbs.
RW
Oskar Osala
OHL
Dec. 26, 1987
6'4"
217 lbs.
LW
Theo Peckman
OHL
Nov. 10, 1987
6'1"
216 lbs.
D
Jeff Petry
USHL
Dec. 9, 1987
6'2"
176 lbs.
D
Graham Potuer
WHL
Feb. 18, 1988
6'0"
220 lbs.
D
Rhett Rakhshani
USA
Mar. 6, 1988
5'10"
170 lbs.
RW
Joe Ryan
QMJHL
Oct. 19, 1987
6'1"
189 lbs.
D
Boby Sanguinetti
OHL
Feb. 29, 1988
6'1"
174 lbs.
D
James Sheppard
QMJHL
Apr. 15, 1988
6'1"
204 lbs.
C
Ben shurton
OHL
Jun. 14, 1988
5'11"
186 lbs.
D
Carl Sneep
USHSW
Nov. 5, 1987
6'4"
210 lbs.
D
Jordan Staal
OHL
Sept. 10, 1988
6'4"
215 lbs.
C
Chris Stewart
OHL
Oct. 30, 1987
6'1"
228 lbs.
RW
Brian Strait
USA
Jan. 4, 1988
6'0"
200 lbs.
D
Chris Summers
USA
Feb. 5, 1988
6'1"
180 lbs.
D
Bryce Swan
QMJHL
Oct. 6, 1987
6'2"
191 lbs.
RW
Jonathan Toews
WCHA
Apr. 29, 1988
6'1"
195 lbs.
C
Ryan Turek
USHL
Sept. 22, 1987
5'11"
170 lbs.
C
Ivan Vishnevski
QMJHL
Feb. 18, 1988
5'11"
176 lbs.
D
Mike Weber
OHL
Dec. 16, 1987
6'2"
199 lbs.
D
Ryan White
WHL
Mar. 17, 1988
5'11"
200 lbs.
C
Nigel Williams
USA
Apr. 18, 1988
6'4"
226 lbs.
D
Ty Wishart
WHL
May 19, 1988
6'4"
205 lbs.
D
Ben Wright
WHL
Mar. 18, 1988
6'2"
189 lbs.
D


NORTH AMERICAN INVITEES (GOALTENDERS)
NAME
LEAGUE
DOB
HT
WT
POS
Kevin Armstrong
WHL
Jun. 29, 1988
6'0"
178 LBS.
G
Brett Bennett
USA
Mar. 8, 1988
6'1"
185 lbs.
G
Jonathan Bernier
QMJHL
Aug. 7, 1988
5'11"
177 lbs.
G
Ryan Daniels
OHL
Jun. 22, 1988
6'1"
205 lbs.
G
Leland Irving
WHL
Apr. 11, 1988
6'0"
177 lbs.
G
Kris Lazaruk
WHL
Jun. 6, 1988
6'1"
165 lbs.
G
Steve Mason
OHL
May 29, 1988
6'3"
186 lbs.
G
Joseph Palmer
USA
Feb. 1988
6'1"
205 lbs.
G
Jeff Zatkoff
CCHA
Jun. 9, 1987
6'1"
150 lbs.
G


EUROPEAN INVITEES (SKATERS)
NAME
LEAGUE
DOB
HT
WT
POS
Jonas Ahnelov
SWE JR.
Dec. 11, 1987
6'2"
205 lbs.
D
Yuri Alexandrov
RUS
Jun. 24, 1988
6'0"
172 lbs.
D
Artem Anisimov
RUS
May 24, 1988
6'3"
191 lbs.
C
Nicklas Backstrom
SWE
Nov. 23, 1987
6'0"
183 lbs.
C
Patrik Berglund
SWE
Jun. 2, 1988
6'4"
187 lbs.
C
Marek Biro
SVK JR.
Feb. 8, 1988
6'3"
198 lbs.
D
Robin Figren
SJL
Mar. 7, 1988
5'11"
176 lbs.
RW/LW
Michael Frolik
CZE
Feb. 17, 1988
6'1"
187 lbs.
RW
Jesse Joensuu
FIN
Oct. 5, 1987
6'4"
207 lbs.
LW
Jan-Mikael Juutilainen
FIN JR.
Jan. 5, 1988
5'11"
183 lbs.
C
Tomas Kana
CZE
Nov. 29, 1987
6'0"
189 lbs.
C
Denis Kazionov
RUS
Dec. 8, 1987
6'3"
187 lbs.
LW
Nikolai Kulemin
RUS
Jul. 14, 1986
6'0"
201. lbs.
RW/LW
David Kveton
CZE
Jan. 3, 1988
5'11"
180 lbs.
C/RW
Tony Lagerstrom
SJL
Jul. 19, 1988
6'1"
187 lbs.
C
Martin Latal
CZE JR.
Mar. 17, 1988
5'11"
165 lbs.
RW
Igor Makarov
RUS
Sept. 19, 1987
6'1"
183 lbs.
RW
Tomas Marcinko
SVK JR.
Apr. 11, 1988
6'4"
187 lbs.
C
Jan Mursak
CZE JR.
Jan. 20, 1988
5'11"
168 lbs.
LW
Igor Musatov
RPL
Sept. 23, 1987
6'1"
180 lbs.
LW
Robert Nyholm
FIN JR.
Mar. 7, 1988
6'1"
194 lbs.
LW
Dennis Persson
SWE JR.
Jun. 2, 1988
6'1"
183 lbs.
D
Andrei Popov
RUS
Jul. 15, 1988
6'1"
187 lbs.
RW
David Ruzicka
CZE
Mar. 8, 1988
6'3"
185 lbs.
D
Timo Seppanen
FIN
Jul. 22, 1987
6'1"
205 lbs.
D
Juraj Simek
SUI
Sept. 29, 1987
6'1"
189 lbs.
RW/LW
Viktor Tikhonov
RUS
May 12, 1988
6'2"
180 lbs.
C
Jiri Tlusty
CZE
Mar. 16, 1988
6'1"
198 lbs.
C
Alexander Vasyunov
RPL
Apr. 22, 1988
6'0"
187 lbs.
LW
Vladimir Zharkov
RPL
Jan. 10, 1988
6'0"
187 lbs.
RW
Valeri Zhukov
RUS
Feb. 8, 1988
6'1"
187 lbs.
D


EUROPEAN INVITEES (GOALTENDERS)
NAME
LEAGUE
DOB
HT
WT
POS
Reto Berra
SUI
Jan. 3, 1987
6'4"
192 lbs.
G
Jhonas Enroth
SWE
Jun. 25, 1988
5'10"
174 lbs.
G
Riku Helenius
FIN
Mar. 1, 1988
6'3"
202 lbs.
G
Michal Neuwirth
CZE JR.
Mar. 23, 1988
5'11"
169 lbs.
G
Semen Varlamov
RPL
Apr. 27, 1988
6'2"
183 lbs.
G

 

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