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Day Two Brings Local and International Talent

by Matt MacInnis | September 25, 2007, 11:03 AM ET
The Norsemen had five picks in the final three rounds of the Draft, including a trifecta of 5th rounders. They picked up one defenseman, one goalie and three forwards with the selections. Alex Grant (103rd overall): The Antigonish, Nova Scotia is a very good skater with decent offensive skills. Stuck on a terrible QMJHL team, his +/- statistics have been grossly inflated in the wrong direction and are far from representative of his abilities. GM’s Thoughts:: He’s a bit of a project, but has good size at 6’2, 185 lbs and will grow into solid frame. He could fill a depth role in the future. Jamie Benn (111th overall): A big winger who lit up the BCHL last season with 40 goals, Benn has real sniper instincts. With a big shot and a knack for being in the right place at the right time, Benn is going to score goals at any level he’s able to reach. GM’s Thoughts: This kid plays in our backyard and we couldn’t help but take a flyer on him after seeing him perform last year with the Grizzlies. He’s off to a rough start being hurt this year, but I’m confident he’ll rebound. Ilja Kablukov (120th overall): A big Russian with solid two-way skills in the mode of Artem Chubarov, Kablukov was one of the few Russians who played well and impressed during the Super Series. GM’s Thoughts: He says he wants to come over to North America which is definitely the turning point in why we picked him up. He doesn’t have much upside, but with some time and proper coaching, we think he could become a 4th liner for us at the SICHL level. Mattias Modig (127th overall): One of the top goaltenders in the SEL as a 20-year old, Modig has legitimate SICHL potential in as little as 2-3 more years. GM’s Thoughts: With his track record we thought he was worth a draft pick even as an overager. Our approach to our goaltending future thus far has been to throw a bunch of mid-round picks at the position and hope one of them pays off eventually. Johan Alcen (151st overall): 6’1, 190 lbs, Alcen has good size and a wealth of international experience. He put up great numbers this season and will need to improve upon them this year. GM’s Thoughts: We had Alcen rated significantly higher, so to get him with our final selection was a real treat.

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