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2011 Young Stars: San Jose Sharks

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

TAYLOR DOHERTY


Defenceman

Drafted in the 2nd round (57th overall) in 2009

It will be hard to miss 20 year-old Taylor Doherty thanks to his 6-foot-7 frame. His incredible height has give the blueliner quite a reach and he isn't afraid to use his size to forcibly move an opponent off the puck. Doherty also possesses offensive skill. In 68 games with the Kingston Frontenacs, he potted 14 goals and 53 points. Half of his goals came with the man advantage so penalty killers have to keep a close watch on the defenceman.

MICHAEL SGARBOSSA

Centre

Signed as a unrestricted free agent in 2010

Michael Sgarbossa must be coming into the Young Stars tournament with a ton of confidence. After scoring seven goals in 26 games with the Saginaw Spirit, he was dealt to the Sudbury Wolves where he absolutely exploded offensively. He notched 29 goals and 62 points in 37 games and managed a +16 rating in that span. His tenure with te Wolves set new career-highs in both goals and points while he tied his 2008-09 assist total with 33. There's no doubt Sgarbossa will want to keep that hot streak running and will be running on all cylinders.

MIKE CONNOLLY

Left wing

Signed as a unrestricted free agent in 2011

The Calgary native has been extremely successful at the collegiate level, playing for the NCAA Champion University of Minnesota-Duluth of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Doherty was named 2010-11 NCAA All-American (second team), 2010-11 All-WCHA (first team), 2010-11 insidecollegehockey.com WCHA Player of the Year and was named to the 2011 NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team. In addition to these accomplishments, he became just the third player in Bulldog history to open his career with three straight 40+ point seasons. He's coming off a career offensive season in which he had 28 tallies - doubling his 2009-10 total - and 54 points.

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