Austin Levi, Defense
(3rd round, 85th overall)
Carolina Selects Austin Levi with 85th Overall - Canes Country A few things seem certain every draft. One of them probably is that the Carolina Hurricanes will select someone from the Plymouth Whalers. And the Canes did not disappoint as they went the way of the "Whale" one more time on Saturday when they selected Austin Levi in the third round. I encourage you to scroll through the comments of this post as fans and followers of Levi's hockey game stopped by over the weekend to share what they had observed about this "diamond in the rough" playing for the Whalers.
Plymouth Canton Sports News - Q&A with Austin Levi From January 2010: His passion for the puck has grown along with the 17-year-old's tall, strong, slender frame. At 6-foot-4 and blessed with finely-honed skills, Levi is projected to be drafted in the early rounds of June's NHL Draft in Los Angeles.
And take a look at this collection of highlights. This is a big boy (Staal-sized) who can skate. There's a accidentally-on-purpose give-and-go score, at about 1:40, that made me shout out loud on the replay.
Bobby Sanguinetti, Defense
(trade with the New York Rangers for 6th round, 157th overall pick)
A Third Look at Bobby Sanguinetti, Riley Nash, and Jonathan Matsumoto - Canes Country Bob shares insight from fellow bloggers in his story this morning.
Bobby Sanguinetti - New York Rangers - Prospects Central "Defenseman won't hold back at camp in challenge for 2010-11 roster spot" Good stuff at the Rangers site written just 2 weeks ago.
According to CapGeek.com - Sanguinetti's contract for 2010-11 calls for salary as follows: $62,500 AHL, $765,000 NHL salary (2-way)
Justin Shrugg, Forward
(4th round, 105th overall)
Here is his "Highlights video" from NHL.com, where he is described as a 53rd ranked prospect. The Canes selected him much lower, as the 105th pick, exactly the half-way point in the 2010 Entry Draft.
Hurricanes Grab Justin Shugg With 105th Overall Pick - Canes Country The Carolina Hurricanes might have fallen into the steal of the draft on Saturday when they scooped up Windsor Spitfire forward Justin Shugg in the 4rth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Shugg was the second leading scorer on the Memorial Cup winning team behind first overall pick Taylor Hall.
2010 prospects: Justin Shugg - Hockey's Future Justin Shugg considers himself a playmaker.
NHL worth the wait - Windsor Star "I didn't think I was on their radar," Shugg said of the Hurricanes. "I don't know much about the city, but I know they've won a Cup in the last five years. "I hope they picked me up because I love to win."
Tyler Stahl, Defense
(6th round, 167th overall)
First watch this brief video Hurricane's head scout Tony MacDonald's comments on Tyler Stahl:
Then consider Tyler Stahl's stat page in Chilliwack (WHL) this year: In 59 games, he put up 0G-6A-6Pts, with 146 PIM.
At 18, he also has a fightcard at hockeyfights.com, which is where I found this one. Listen carefully to the commentary and watch Stahl's big hit that triggers the fight. Mac wasn't kidding.
Fredrick Andersen, Goalie
(7th round, 187th overall)
Born to be a goalie When I saw MichaelProcton had this up in the fanshots, I naively assumed it was from the IIHF U-18 tourney: "The hat he’s wearing says it all. It’s a gray baseball hat, with "The Great Wall" in red letters printed on the side. That’s exactly what Frederik Andersen was on Saturday in Denmark’s opening game, when he led his nation to its first win over Finland."
Today, I realized 18-year old Andersen was tending goal, not in Juniors, but in the Top Tier Men's World Championship Tournament, emerging with a victory as Team Denmark shocked Team Finland. That would be the Team Finland with Jussi Jokinen and Nashville Predators' Pekka Rinne in the opposite net. Click the link to see the stat sheet. Despite the win, the Danish team used a different goalie in their round robin match vs the USA two days later, which ended in a 2-1 OT win for the Danes. Andersen's other appearance in Germany in May was against the Russians, in a 6-1 loss, playing the full 60 minutes. Yes, those Russians.
National Team Goalie surprised NHL draft | TV 2 SPORT (in Danish - I've used google translate for the excerpt below). Describing Andersen's Saturday night, home in Denmark, during the draft in LA:
Frederikshavn goalie Frederik Andersen was late Saturday night Danish time, as the first Danish goalkeeper ever to draft a North American NHL club. The Danish national team goalkeeper got the message while he was watching World Cup football on television.
That it was Carolina Hurricanes, who chose the Danish national team goalkeeper, Frederik Andersen is also satisfied. - I'm fine with that it was the Carolina Hurricanes, who chose me. My agent has good experience with them and believe it is a good place for me to be. It is of course a dream just to be to draft an NHL club. That it was Carolina Hurricanes is just an extra plus, says Frederik Andersen.
This gallery of photos gives you some sense of his size and mobility.
Jonathan Matsumoto, Center
(trade with Philadephia Flyers for the 7th round, 206th overall)
As Bob said in his post, "The Canes acquired Matsumoto at such a cheap price, (7th rounder), because he will be a free agent on July 1 and he needs a contract."
In addition to the link with Sanguinetti above that Bob posted telling us of the feedback he heard in LA, here are a couple more.
Matsumoto move not a surprise :: Adirondack Phantoms Hockey :: PostStar.com Early in the preseason, when the Flyers didn’t take him on a trip but dressed several other eventual Phantoms, it was clear he was not in their favor and I know that disappointed him. Even after leading the team in scoring this year, praise from the front office and coaches was lukewarm at best.
TheAHL.com | Canadians take win in Skills Competition From the AHL All-Star events: Jon Matsumoto from the Adirondack Phantoms recorded the best mark in the Ducks Unlimited Accuracy Shooting event by hitting four of five targets.
Matusumoto's bio page at ahl.com