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Big, mobile defenceman chosen by Calgary

by Mike Board / Calgary Flames
John Negrin likes to pattern his game after Scott Niedermayer, one of the current great blueliners in the National Hockey League.

That's just fine with the Calgary Flames, who chose Negrin in the third round of the 2007 Entry Draft on Saturday. The Flames used the 70th pick overall to snag Negrin, a pick they acquired from the St. Louis Blues when the two teams swapped first round picks on Friday.

The Skinny on John Negrin

Notes and anecdotes on the Calgary Flames third round draft pick, John Negrin, at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Born: Vancouver, B.C.,  March 25 1989
Height: 6 ' 2"
Weight: 195 pounds

Sea Team League GP G A P PIM
06/07 Kootenay WHL 44 1 15 16 57
Central Scouting says:
A skilled defenceman with good mobility...Is able to contain one-on-one and anticipates the play well defensively...uses his speed to join the rush and makes good pinches...needs to be more consistent with the accuracy of his outlet passes...needs to improve his effectiveness on the penalty kill.
TV Show is The O.C., movie is Gladiator, actor is Russel Crowe, musician is Tom Cochrane and video game is Need for Speed - Carbon
Negrin, who battled through two injuries last season while playing for the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League, was thrilled to be taken by the Flames.

"I am just so happy to be drafted by a Canadian team," said Negrin, 6'2" and 195 pounds. "I'm very, very happy."

Negrin rolled his ankle in a softball game on the second day of Kootenay's camp and then, in his first game back, suffered a concussion. In all he missed more than three months of hockey. "It was kind of a tough season to go through," said Negrin, who tallied one goal and 15 assists in 44 games.

Asked to describe his play, Negrin said he likes to consider himself a two-way defenceman.

"I'm a skating defenceman. The No. 1 asset I have is my skating," he said from the draft floor in Columbus, Ohio.

"I like to join the rush and help create the rush but I also concentrate on the defensive side of the game so I like to consider myself a two-way player," he said.

Negrin now plans to return home and train for the summer.

"I'm going to train hard and continue to work on my skills," said Negrin.

He'll also attend Flames training camp in the fall. "It's hard to say what will happen but I want to go there and do well and enjoy the experience."
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