Avs Select Two In Second Round
U.S. National U-18 · USDP
6'4", 226 lbs. Defense, shoots left
Born: April 18, 1988 in Aurora, Illinois
Final Ranking: 13 · Mid-Term Ranking: 19 · North American Skater
Central Scouting Report: Is a very good wide-based skater with an excellent long stride who has very good balance and is strong on his skates with very good straightaway speed ... backward skating, agility, and pivots have shown improvement over the year ... an offensive defenseman who likes to join the rush as well as lead the offense by carrying the puck ... pinches well for scoring opportunities and has a very heavy hard shot from the point ... makes a hard, accurate first pass and uses his long reach effectively to check opponents or deflect passes ... is difficult to beat one-on-one ... a good shot blocker and is used in all game situations ... overall positional play and hockey sense has improved over the season ... plays with drive and determination with a mean streak and can be a very physical player who will punish his opponent ... stands the opposition up and delivers punishing open ice checks in the neutral zone ... works hard at improving his game ... will attend the University of Wisconsin in the fall of 2006 ... member of Team Illinois major midget team 2004-05. Personal Profile: Nickname is Nige ... favorite NHL team is the Chicago Blackhawks ... His parents have had the greatest influence on his career because "they have had to work for everything we have" ... patterned his game after Philadelphia's Derian Hatcher because he "uses his body well" ... Outside of hockey, most admires Muhammad Ali because he is "the greatest athlete ever" ... most memorable hockey game played was when he scored the winning goal with only 11.6 seconds left in his 10-and-under Roller Hockey championship game ... favorites include: CSI (TV show), Rocky (movie), Sylvester Stallone (actor) and Garth Brooks (musician) ... if he could have dinner with any three people, would invite Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong and Martin Luther King Jr., to find out "what drove them to success and what it feels like to be the best."
Brandon · WHL
6' 0", 190 lbs. Center, shoots left
Born: November 17, 1987 in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Final Ranking: 18 · Mid-Term Ranking: 26 · North American Skater
Central Scouting Report: A good skater who is strong on his skates ... has deceptive speed which enables him to beat defenders one-onone ... shows excellent vision, always finding the open man, has very good puckhandling skills and passes the puck well both forehand and backhand ... is very adept at making short passes in tight quarters - has good patience with the puck - doesn't panic in key situations and can play on both the power-play and penalty killing units ... possesses a good shot ... is strong on face-offs and displays a strong two-way game with good positioning in all three zones ... although more a finesse player he can deliver hits in all areas of the ice ... battles hard for position in front of the net and will take a hit to make a play ... has a tendency to look for a teammate for the perfect pass instead of shooting ... Brandon's 1st pick, 17th over-all, in the 2002 WHL Bantam Draft ... played in the 2006 CHL Top Prospects Game in Ottawa. Personal Profile: Nickname is Burks ... favorite player is Dallas' Mike Modano ...wears number 23 ... says both of his parents have had the greatest influence on his hockey career because "they have always been there for me in hockey and pushed me to become the player I am" ... patterns his style of play after Modano because "he's so fun to watch" ... most memorable hockey game played was game #7 vs. Prince Albert in last year's WHL playoffs because "it's the game that got us into the league finals" ... most memorable game watched was the Winnipeg Jets last playoff game ever ... favorites include: Lost (TV show), Wedding Crashers & Amityville Horror (movies), and Evangeline Lilly (actress) ... if he could have dinner with any three people they would be: Will Ferrell - "because he is hilarious," Mike Modano - "great player," and Evangeline Lilly.