Tuesday, January 13, 2009

SMWW/ISS Draft Performers

Coming Down the Pipe!

Sports Management Worldwide (SMWW) / International Scouting Services (ISS) 2009 Draft Prospect Performers of the Week presented by The Pipeline Show & Hockey Now ending Sunday, January 11, 2009.

Each week, International Scouting Services (ISS), Sports Management Worldwide (SMWW), Hockey Now, and The Pipeline Show recognize the Top Draft Eligible player from each of the WHL, OHL, QMJHL, & USHL leagues for the upcoming 2009 NHL Entry Draft based on their play over the course of the week. Players are nominated and the selected by graduates of the SMWW Hockey GM & Scouting with each of the winners receiving a gift acknowledging their selection.

OHL – Nazem Kadri, London Knights

Nazem Kadri earns his third draft performer of the week award after posting a goal and 6 assists in 3 games for the Knights who currently sit first in their division and second in the OHL’s Western Conference. Kadri is amongst the top scorers in the OHL with 16 goals and 47 points in 30 games. Kadri is a London native and known for his creative playmaking and is currently ranked among the top ten draft prospects by ISS.

WHL – Evander Kane, Vancouver Giants

Evander Kane returned from the World Junior Hockey Championship with a bang recording 4 goals and adding 2 assists in 2 games and earning another draft performer of the week award. Kane, who is currently ranked 7th by ISS amongst NHL draft prospects has 26 goals, 54 points and a plus- 31 rating in 30 games for Vancouver. Kane is a player with great speed and who works hard despite his small stature.

QMJHL – Steven Anthony, Saint John Sea Dogs

Steven Anthony earns his first nomination as draft performer of the week after posting 3 goals and 5 assists in 2 games including a 6 point night in an 8-1 win over Gatineau. Anthony, a native of Halifax, NS and Saint John’s 1st Round pick in 2007 has 23 points in 37 games this season and is known for his smooth skating ability.

USHL – David Gerths, Lincoln Stars

David Gerths earns his first draft performer of the week nomination after posting 2 goals and 2 assists in two wins for the first place Stars. Gerths has 8 goals and 23 points in 26 games for Lincoln this season and was a member of Team USA at the World Jr A Challenge held in Camrose, AB this past November.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

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