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2007 Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Keaton Ellerby

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
From May 7 through June 15, will be profiling 30 of the top prospects in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in alphabetical order. Check back daily Monday through Friday, to learn more about the players who could become first round draft picks of the club. Philadelphia has two first round picks, including the second choice overall.

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft takes place on June 22 and 23 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Keaton Ellerby
2007 Team: Kamloops (WHL)
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’4’’
Weight: 186
DOB: 11-5-88

2007 Statistics
GP: 69G: 2A: 23PTS: 25PIM: 120

Keaton Ellerby is a two-way defenseman and impressive playmaker, and ranked fourth overall on Central Scouting’s list of North American skaters and was the top defenseman on that list. His outstanding mobility and skating ability help him to successfully finish his checks. Standing at over 6’4", he uses his reach effectively and has a talent for handling the puck.

A cousin of Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan, Ellerby has been compared to current NHL defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Mike Rathje. At the CHL prospects game this year, Ellerby won the hardest shot competition. He attended Team Canada’s selection camp for the 2007 World Juniors, played for Team WHL in the Canada-Russia Challenge in 2006, and helped Team Pacific win a silver medal at the 2007 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.

Questions regarding Ellerby include his mental approach to the game, as he struggled during Kamloops’ four-games-to-none ouster in this year’s WHL playoffs.

The Flyers say...
"Keaton Ellerby is a big, stay-at-home, puck moving, mobile defenseman. He’s almost 6’5’’, and skates very well for a big man. He’s competitive, can make the first pass, and I think he’s got a chance to be a good, solid NHL defenseman which is the kind of guy that everybody needs."
- Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor

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