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2007 Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Tommy Cross

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
From May 7 through June 15, philadelphiaflyers.com 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.


Tommy Cross
2007 Team: Westminster (High School - CT)
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’3’’
Weight: 195
DOB: 9-12-89

2007 Statistics
GP: 25G: 8A: 12PTS: 20PIM: 20

Overview:
Tommy Cross is known as a stay-at-home defenseman, whose experience at the blue line gives him great control on the power play and has a strong shot from the point. His speed and mobility are some of his biggest assets, and he is continuing to develop both. Cross has a strong presence in the defensive zone, and is capable of clearing out forwards in front of the crease with his physical play.

Cross is one of the bigger defensemen in this draft class, which should help his stock, and his areas of improvement include improving his offensive game and utilizing his speed and size.

Cross competed for Team USA at the Under-18 Four Nations Cup in Sweden in November, 2006, and won a silver medal with the Team USA in the Under-18 Junior World Cup. He was named Connecticut’s Hockey Player of the Year in 2005-06 and has committed to Boston College for the 2008-09 school year. He will play for Ohio of the USHL next year.

The Flyers say...
"Tommy Cross is a big, mobile defenseman. He makes the simple one-pass plays very well. He’s not overly fancy, but he’s got good feet and good size. He plays a good, solid defensive game."
- Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor

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