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I'm still geeked about the Rangers snagging Cherepanov at 17! That's as good or even better than they could've hoped for. With the scouting that this kid has gotten, I AM THRILLED.

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I'm still geeked about the Rangers snagging Cherepanov at 17! That's as good or even better than they could've hoped for. With the scouting that this kid has gotten, I AM THRILLED.

Yeah, that was a good one for the Rangers. I now know who my favorite Ranger is even though he is only Rangers property as opposed to a Rangers player as of right now.

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Here's how the first-round is shaping up so far...

2007 NHL Draft Round 1

1. CHI - PATRICK KANE 11/19/1988 Buffalo, NY US 5' 9" 160 OHL LONDON RW L

2. PHI - JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK 5/4/1989 Middletown, NJ US 6' 3" 200 USDP USA U-18 LW L

3. PHX - KYLE TURRIS 8/14/1989 New Westminster, BC CA 6' 0" 170 BCHL BURNABY C R

4. L.A. - THOMAS HICKEY 2/8/1989 Calgary, AB CA 5' 10" 182 WHL SEATTLE D L

5. WSH - KARL ALZNER 9/24/1988 Burnaby, BC CA 6' 2" 206 WHL CALGARY D L

6. EDM - SAM GAGNER 8/10/1989 London, ON CA 5' 10" 191 OHL LONDON C/W R

7. CBJ - JAKUB VORACEK 8/15/1989 Kladno, Czech Rep. CZ 6' 1" 187 QMJHL HALIFAX RW L

8. BOS - ZACH HAMILL 9/23/1988 Vancouver, BC CA 5' 10" 180 WHL EVERETT C R

9. S.J(from STL) - LOGAN COUTURE 3/28/1989 Guelph, ON CA 6' 0" 195 OHL OTTAWA C L

10. FLA - KEATON ELLERBY 11/5/1988 Strathmore, AB CA 6' 4" 186 WHL KAMLOOPS D L

11. CAR - BRANDON SUTTER 2/14/1989 Red Deer, AB CA 6' 2" 170 WHL RED DEER C/RW R

12. MTL - RYAN MCDONAGH 6/13/1989 St.Paul, MN US 6' 1" 200 HIGH-MN CRETIN-DERHAM D L

13. STL(from TOR) - LARS ELLER 5/8/1989 Rodovre, Denmark DK 6' 0" 198 SWE-JR. FROLUNDA JR. C/W L

14. COL - KEVIN SHATTENKIRK 1/29/1989 Greenwich, CT US 5' 11" 193 USDP USA U-18 D R

15. EDM(from NYI) - ALEX PLANTE 5/9/1989 Brandon, MB CA 6' 3" 225 WHL CALGARY D R

16. MIN(from T.B.) - COLTON GILLIES 2/12/1989 White Rock, BC CA 6' 3" 189 WHL SASKATOON C L

17. NYR - ALEXEI CHEREPANOV 1/15/1989 Barnaul, Russia RU 6' 1" 183 RUSSIA OMSK RW L

18. STL(from CGY) - IAN COLE 2/21/1989 Ann Arbour, MI US 6' 1" 211 USDP USA U-18 D L

19. ANA(from MIN) - LOGAN MACMILLAN 7/5/1989 Charlottetown, PEI CA 6' 1" 172 QMJHL HALIFAX C L

20. PIT - ANGELO ESPOSITO 2/20/1989 Montreal, QC CA 6' 1" 180 QMJHL QUEBEC C L

21. EDM(from DAL) - RILEY NASH 5/9/1989 Consort, AB CA 6' 0" 175 BCHL SALMON ARM C R

22. MTL(from S.J) - MAX PACIORETTY 11/20/1988 New Canaan, CT US 6' 1" 203 USHL SIOUX CITY LW L

23. NSH(from NSH) - JONATHON BLUM 1/30/1989 Long Beach, CA US 6' 0.25" 160 WHL VANCOUVER D R

24. CGY(from ATL) - MIKAEL BACKLUND 3/17/1989 Vasteras SE 6' 0" 194 SWEDEN-2 VASTERAS C L

25. VAN - PATRICK WHITE 1/20/1989 Grand Rapids, MN US 6' 0.5" 186 USHL TRI-CITY C R

26. STL(from N.J) - DAVID PERRON 5/28/1988 Sherbrooke, QC CA 5' 11" 180 QMJHL LEWISTON LW R

27. DET - BRENDAN SMITH 2/8/1989 Toronto, ON CA 6' 1.25" 170 OPJRA ST. MICHAELS D L

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Good idea on making this the draft thread.

I have to say I'm impressed with how the Oilers came out of this one, three picks! I was pleased that San Jose got Logan Couture and I was hoping the Coyotes would be able to get VanRiemsdyk, but sounds like Turris could be a keeper for the future.

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I like what happened to the Rangers. My two teams (Buffalo and Atlanta) didn't have picks in the first round so not much there to discuss. Kinda surprised that no goaltenders went in the first round, but then again I don't really know if any of them were supposed to be first round material.

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Good idea on making this the draft thread.

...I was hoping the Coyotes would be able to get VanRiemsdyk, but sounds like Turris could be a keeper for the future.

Sure, we'll find out in four years when he graduates from UW. :rolleyes:

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Kid's a project, huh? ;)

I wouldn't use the dreaded 'p' word when describing him. He needs more experience and bulk, as do many other 18-year olds. He chose an excellent college program for the next step in his career. The Coyotes heavily scouted Turris last winter. I never saw him play, so I have to take the word of those who have. The guy could play a year or two and everyone feel he has developed, ready to leave UW early and turn pro. College may be a better developmental stepping stone than the Coyotes pathetic minor league system. :unsure:

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Agreed there! Now he came from the BCHL, what level is that compared to the WHL or QMJHL, or other minor leagues? I've heard of it, but not enough to know much about it.

Upon looking it up, the BCHL is considered a Tier 2 Junior A League while the Q, the WHL, and the OHL are considered Tier 1 Juniors A league.

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For the Sabres- what can I say, I barely know about any of the guys they picked. It will be interesting to see if their new video system will pay dividends or not.

I think the top 3 picks were to be expected and I agree that the Rangers made out like bandits. Surprising the guys the Kings took. If you can't trade down take the best available player. I am not sure that guy was it. Crazy that the Pens got AE. His fall might just motivate him to kick Arse in training camp this year.

All I can say is thank God The Hockey News draft guide had a decent number of the players previewed to help me out.

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