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COYOTES DRAFT PREVIEW: SATURDAY

by Chad Lynch / Arizona Coyotes
As the Phoenix Coyotes prepare for the upcoming 2007 NHL Entry Draft, PhoenixCoyotes.com will begin daily ‘scouting reports,’ looking at a three potential draftees in a new feature titled: “Coyotes Draft Preview.”


In this installment of “Coyotes Draft Preview”, PhoenixCoyotes.com takes a closer look at the three top ranked North American Skaters, as compiled by Central Scouting’s Final Rankings.

KYLE TURRIS
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL)
Team: Burnaby
D.O.B: August, 14, 1989
Height: 6' 0.5”
Weight: 170 lbs.
Position: Center
Shoots Right
Ranked: 1st among North American Skaters

Notes: In 2006-07, scored 121 points (66 goals, 55 assists) in 53 games...will attend Wisconsin in the Fall of 2007...member of Team Canada West for the World Jr. "A" Challenge...played on Team Canada for the 2006 Under-18 Jr. World Cup...won the 2006 RBC Cup as a member of the Burnaby Express...member of Team Pacific at the 2006 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge...member of Team Canada for the 2007 Under-18 World Championship.

PATRICK KANE
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Ontario Hockey League
Team: London Knights
D.O.B: November 19, 1988
Height: 5' 9.5”
Weight: 160 lbs.
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Ranked: 2nd among North American Skaters

Notes: Last season, posted 145 points (62 goals, 83 assists) in 58 games with the London Knights...voted to the 2007 CHL Top Prospects game in Quebec City...named to the 2007 All-Star game in Saginaw...member of Team USA for the 2006 Under-18 World Championship...member of Team USA for the 2007 Under-20 World Championship...voted the 2007 OHL Rookie of the Year...named to the 2007 OHL All-Rookie Team.

JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: U.S National Development U-18 Program
Team: USA Under-18
D.O.B: May 4, 1989
Height: 6' 3”
Weight: 200 lbs.
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Ranked: 3rd among North American Skaters

Notes: Posted 63 points (33 goals, 30 assists) in 42 games with the U.S. National Development Under-18 club last season...will attend the University of New Hampshire in the Fall of 2007...member of the U.S. Under-17 Team in 2005-06...played on the U.S. Under-18 Gold Medal winning team in April, 2006...was a member of the U.S. Under-20 Team at the 2007 World Championships...played for Team USA at the Under-17 2006 Hockey Championships.

PREVIOUS PREVIEWS:
Friday, June 8th - European Goaltenders
Thursday, June 7th - North American Goaltenders
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