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COYOTES 2007 ENTRY DRAFT RECAP

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
COYOTES SELECT 5 PLAYERS ON SATURDAY

TO CONCLUDE 2007 NHL ENTRY DRAFT

COYOTES NAB TURRIS AND ROSS IN FIRST ROUND ON FRIDAY

The Phoenix Coyotes today selected left wing Brett MacLean (32nd overall), goaltender Joel Gistedt (36th overall), center Vladimir Ruzicka (103rd overall), defenseman Maxim Goncharov (123rd overall) and goaltender Scott Darling (153rd overall) to conclude the 2007 NHL Entry Draft at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Coyotes drafted Kyle Turris (3rd overall) and Nick Ross (30th overall) in the first round on Friday.

“We are excited to add great young players with exceptional talent to our organization,” said Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney. “We completed a very productive draft and selected players with great skill. We expect all of them to have a bright future with our organization on and off the ice.”

The Coyotes drafted MacLean in the 2nd round with the 32nd overall selection. MacLean, 18, recorded 47 goals, 53 assists, 100 points and 43 PIM in 68 games for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) last season. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound native of London, Ontario was one of 40 draft-eligible prospects selected to participate in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game and was named to the OHL Eastern Conference All-Star Team in 2007.

The Coyotes selected Gistedt with the 36th overall pick. Gistedt, 19, registered a 2.58 goals against average (GAA) and .897 save percentage (SV%) in 35 games with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League. A native of Uddevalla, Sweden, the 5-foot-11, 174-pound Gistedt represented Team Sweden at the 2007 World Junior Championships and was rated by NHL Central Scouting as the No. 1 European goaltender available in this year’s draft.

The Coyotes drafted Ruzicka in the 4th round with the 103rd overall selection. Ruzicka, 18, recorded 24 goals, 34 assists, 58 points and 54 PIM with Slavia of the Czech Republic Junior League last season. The 6-foot-3, 196-pound Ruzicka was rated by NHL Central Scouting as the No. 15 European skater available in this year’s draft. A native of Most, Czech Republic, Ruzicka is a son of former Czech Republic player Vladimir Ruzicka Sr. Ruzicka Sr. was twice named the top player in the Czechoslovak Elite League, and was on the gold medal team in the Hockey World Championships in 1985 and 1998 Olympic Games.

The Coyotes selected Goncharov in the 5th round with the 123rd overall selection. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound native of Moscow, Russia registered 10 PIM in 19 games with CSKA 2 of the Russian-3 League, but did not figure in any scoring. Goncharov, 18, was rated by NHL Central Scouting as the No. 9 European skater available in this year’s draft.

The Coyotes completed their 2007 Entry Draft by selecting Darling in the 6th round with the 153rd overall selection. Darling, 18, registered a record of 9-9-3 with a 3.38 GAA and .924 SV% in 22 games for Capital District of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). The 6-foot-6, 190-pound native of Lemont, Illinois was rated by NHL Central Scouting as the No. 11 North American goaltender available in this year’s draft.

On Friday, the Coyotes selected Turris (3rd overall) and defenseman Ross (30th overall) in the first round of the draft. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Turris was rated by Central Scouting as the No. 1 North American skater available in this year’s draft. The New Westminster, British Columbia native played in 53 games with Burnaby in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and collected 66 goals, 55 assists, 121 points and 83 penalty minutes (PIM) in 2006-07.

The Coyotes used their 30th overall selection to draft Ross. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Ross, registered 7 goals, 24 assists, 31 points and 87 PIM in 70 games for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2006-07. The 6-foot-1, 188-pound Ross completed his third year in the WHL with the Pats. Ross, 18, was also selected as one of 40-draft-eligible players to play in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game.

CENTRAL SCOUTING REPORT ON PHOENIX COYOTES
2007 NHL ENTRY DRAFT CHOICES:

KYLE TURRIS – A skilled forward with great playmaking ability…has an accurate shot with a quick release… a fluid skater that has a nose for the net and the ability to control the flow of the game… not afraid of taking a hit and can perform under pressure… has good on-ice awareness and a good work ethic.

NICK ROSS A skilled playmaking defenseman… very good at reading the ice and making smart plays… has a strong physical presence and can make the big hit… has good speed and is able to jump into the rush… sometimes appears too casual and needs to play with more urgency.

BRETT MACLEAN A power forward that uses his size well to protect the puck and create scoring chances… has great scoring drive and is willing to battle in traffic… plays an aggressive high-energy game… needs to work on his mobility and footwork… needs to improve his stickhandling.

JOEL GISTEDT – A well-positioned butterfly goaltender… has good pad quickness and a very quick glove… moves well and is strong in his crease…works hard and has good anticipation… played for Team Sweden at the 2007 World Junior Championships.

VLADIMIR RUZICKA – A creative skilled forward… has good hand-eye coordination and controls the puck well… has a hard shot and able to score may different ways… sees the ice well and effective on the power-play… needs to increase his intensity… played for the Czech Republic at the 2007 Under-18 World Championships… his father was selected in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs and played four seasons in the NHL.

MAXIM GONCHAROV – A skilled offensively-minded defenseman… controls the puck well and is always involved in the play… plays with grit and is strong along the boards… has good acceleration and is solid on his skates…plays with intensity, but sometimes needs to improve his discipline.

SCOTT DARLING – No further information provided.
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