Friday, March 7, 2008
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Phoenix Coyotes announced today that two of the team's top prospects, center Kyle Turris and left wing Brett MacLean
, have been ranked among The Hockey News’ Top 50 Prospects in the publication’s annual “Future Watch” edition. The Hockey News' Top 50 Prospects for 2008 were selected by a panel of 21 NHL scouts. The Coyotes had four prospects ranked in the Top 60.
Turris, 18, was ranked as the second-best NHL prospect. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound center is currently a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, where he leads the Badgers in scoring with 11-20-31 in 32 games. His 32 points also ranks T-8th in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). Turris also played in the 2008 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic earlier this year, helping to lead Canada to the gold medal as he tied for the team-lead in scoring with 4-2-6 in five games.
Turris, a native of New Westminster, British Columbia, also helped Team Canada to a 7-0-1 record in the 2007 Super Series, an eight-game event that featured the top junior players from Canada taking on Russia’s best juniors. Turris led all goal-scorers with seven goals in eight games. In 2006-07, Turris was named MVP of the British Columbia Hockey League after recording 66-55-121 and 83 penalty minutes (PIM) in 53 games for the Burnaby Express.
The Coyotes selected Turris with the third overall selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
MacLean, 19, was ranked 41st on the list of top prospects by The Hockey News. The 6-foot-2, 197-pound left wing currently leads the entire Canadian Hockey League (CHL) in goals with 55 on the season. The CHL is comprised of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL). MacLean leads the Oshawa Generals and ranks second in the OHL in scoring with 55-58-113 in 57 games.
MacLean, a native of Port Elgin, Ontario, finished last season ranked second on Oshawa and ninth in the OHL in scoring with 47-53-100 in 69 games. In 241 career OHL games with Oshawa and Erie, MacLean has recorded 282 points on 125 goals and 157 assists.
The Coyotes selected MacLean in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Two other Coyotes’ prospects were ranked in The Hockey News’ Future Watch ’08 issue. Blake Wheeler, a junior forward at the University of Minnesota, was ranked No. 57. Kevin Porter, a senior forward at the University of Michigan, was ranked No. 60.
Wheeler, a Robbinsdale, Minnesota native who was selected by the Coyotes with the fifth overall pick in the 2004 Entry Draft, leads Minnesota in scoring with 13-16-29 in 35 games. Porter currently leads all of NCAA Division I in scoring with 27-27-54 in 36 games. The Detroit, Michigan native was drafted in the fourth round (199th overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft.
A panel of 21 NHL talent evaluators also ranked each club on their age 21-and-under NHL players. The Hockey News ranked the Coyotes third in that category among all 30 teams based on the play of Peter Mueller (age 19), Keith Yandle
(age 20) and Martin Hanzal