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2007 Entry Draft Prospect Profile: James vanRiemsdyk

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Click below to watch or listen to Flyers radio voice Tim Saunders speaking one-on-one with the club's first round draft pick, James vanRiemsdyk.

Interview with Tim Saunders (video):

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James vanRiemsdyk
2007 Team: USA U-18 (USDP)
Position: Left wing
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’3’’
Weight: 200
DOB: 5-4-89

2007 Statistics
GP: 42    G: 33    A: 30    PTS: 63    PIM: 81

A native of Middletown, New Jersey, James vanRiemsdyk was ranked third on Central Scouting’s rankings of North American skaters.

With his impressive size, vanRiemsdyk is known as a power forward with all of the tools to be successful. He handles the puck well, has a great shot, is a solid skater, and has the ability to play in any situation. He still has a ways to go in his development before he makes the jump to the pros, and will attend the University of New Hampshire this fall.

VanRiemsdyk made his U.S. Junior Team debut at the 2007 World Junior Championship where he helped Team USA capture the bronze medal; led his team with 63 points in 42 games in 2006-07; played for the U.S. U-17 NTDP team in 2005-06 totaling 42 points (26G, 16A) in 55 games; won gold with Team USA at the Under-18 IIHF World Championship; helped Team USA to a silver medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he had nine points (5G, 4A) in seven games and was named to the All-Tournament Team; and played 30 games for Christian Brothers Academy and the Brick Hockey Club collecting 60 points (36G, 24A) in 2004-05.

The Flyers say…
“He’s a left-winger that is very difficult to handle one-on-one due to his size and strength. He’s rock solid in both ends of the ice.”
– General Manager Paul Holmgren

“When you watch where the game is now, you don’t find too many guys that are 6’3’’ that can skate and handle the puck. James vanRiemsdyk falls into that category. He’s drawn comparisons to Rick Nash and those types of big guys that can skate, have good hands and make plays. They are hard to find, and this guy falls into there.”
– Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor
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