Leading up to the 2011 draft, Flordiapanthers.com will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. At number 3, the Panthers have a lot of players to choose from. What direction and who will they pick?
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THE SHINNY: The tenth ranked North American skater according to C.S.S., Duncan Siemens finished second among his team's defensemen in scoring with 43 points (five goals) while posting an eye-popping plus-40 in 72 games while helping Saskatoon to a first place finish in the WHL's Eastern Conference.
Growing up, Siemens played football and participated in track and field while also playing minor hockey. His father played football in the Edmonton Eskimos system in the Canadien Football League.
NHL Central Scouting's Peter Sullivan: “He's a guy that is really tough to play against. Sometimes I think he over-does it, tries to do too much, but he's got all the potential. He can carry the puck, he's a tough kid -- he can fight. He's tough to play against. He can work both ends; he plays both the power play and penalty kill. He's just a solid, all-round defenseman.
NHL Team: Edmonton Oilers NHL Player: Shea Weber Shootout Move: "Shoot" Actor: Nicolas Cage Website: hockeyfights.com Pump-up song: "Burn it to the Ground" by Nickelback Breakfast food: Lucky Charms
Stevens' intimidating presence and willingness to do whatever it took are the motivating traits Siemens can't seem to get enough of as he stares at the computer screen admiring clips of the 2007 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee..