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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:28 pm 
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... According to USA Today:
1. Jarod Palmer/C-LW — Miami, 6-1/195, Feb. 10, 1986 (Sr.)

Most NHL ready prospect available. Skilled power forward with a dangerous shot. Can drive the puck through traffic and unload accurate shots from even the tightest of spaces. Strong in every aspect of the game and is far from a one-dimensional player. Aggressive along the boards and an ace penalty killer. More agile on his feet than he was in his years of draft eligibility.

2. Stephane Da Costa/C — Merrimack, 5-11/180, Nov. 11, 1987 (Fresh.)

Dynamic freshman from France has been excellent since the start of season and kept it going all year. Offensively the focal point of his team's attack. The puck finds him — always in the right spot and does a great job of reading the play. Extremely patient. Vision is a 9.5 out of 10 and passing ability is off the charts — at times surprises even teammates with his imaginative feeds. Excellent 1-on-1 with a great change of speeds. Can score with a quick release snap shot. Creative as they come offensively. Needs to get stronger and work on defensive game.

3. Calle Ridderwall/LW — Notre Dame, 6-0/188, May 28, 1988 (Jr.)

Fearless and has excellent timing and instincts in offensive zone. Soft hands and good hand-eye coordination. Creatively uses saucer and touch passes. Exceptional lateral agility and elusive in tight spaces. Can also surprise with multiple gears of acceleration in open ice. Has added strength since draft year and activates his feet to fight through checks. Works hard and smart.

4. Lee Baldwin/LD — Alaska Anchorage, 6-4/203, April 22, 1988 (Fresh.)

Tall and mobile freshman blue-liner plays beyond his years and in all situations. Smooth skater is nimble on his feet. Head-mans the puck cleanly and remains poised, making safe decisions under pressure. Supports the offensive rush and opportunistically pinches into openings from the point. Has a great reach and plays with sensible physicality, but isn't a consistent force yet and has a lot of bulk yet to be added to his massive frame.

5. Blair Riley/LW — Ferris St., 6-0/220, Nov. 1, 1985 (Sr.)

Thick, rugged winger with soft hands and a hair-trigger release. At his best battling below the circles and in front of net. Creates space by utilizing tremendous shielding abilities and strength on the puck. Lacks quick feet, but knows how to use his limited speed judiciously. On a team that lacks offensive firepower, he's been shadowed nearly every game but has been able to fight through checks and continue to produce.

6. Chase Polacek/RW — RPI, 5-8/170, June 19, 1989 (Jr.)

Mighty mite may be the most dynamic offensive force on this list – only his size holds him back. Sniper extraordinaire is deadly anywhere from the circles in. Extremely elusive and slips into open ice at just the right moment to pounce on loose pucks. Incredible instincts and feel in the offensive end – opportunistic and buries his chances. Soft, quick hands and a dynamite release. Can be overpowered and won't win many battles or provide a physical dimension.

7. Erik Gustafsson/RD — Northern Michigan, 5-10/180, Dec. 15, 1988 (Jr.)

Aggressive offensive rearguard who quarterbacks the PP with rapid and intelligent puck distribution. Talented passer and puckhandler. Gifted and agile skater with excellent quickness. Undersized and comes up short 1-on-1 against bigger opponents. Does compete defensively aided by quick feet and a skilled stick. The top puck-moving defenseman available.

8. Bobby Butler/RW — New Hampshire, 6-0/185, April 26, 1987 (Sr.)

A smart two-way winger who does an honest day's work in his own zone and plays the penalty kill. Shows good vision in the offensive zone and works well away from the puck to create space for his accurate shot. Has accomplished most of his impressive offensive production by finding holes and being in the right place at the right time. Doesn't have dynamic physical tools and his skating is average.

9. Mike Testwuide/RW — Colorado College, 6-3/220, Feb. 5, 1987 (Sr.)

10. Scott Campbell/C — Lowell, 6-2/215, June 6, 1986 (Jr.)

11. Casey Wellman/RW — UMass/Amherst, 6-1/187, Oct. 18, 1987 (Soph.)

12. Matt Read/LC — Bemidji St., 5-10/185, June 14, 1986 (Jr.)

13. Tommy Wingels/LW — Miami, 6-0/193, Oct. 1, 1988 (Jr.)

14. Jake Newton/LD — Northeastern, 6-3/200, Sept. 22, 1988 (Fr.)


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2. Stephane Da Costa/C — Merrimack, 5-11/180, Nov. 11, 1987 (Fresh.)

Dynamic freshman from France


Say WHAAAAAAA??

These are some older freshmen that are on that list. Da Costa is 22, Baldwin is 22 next month.

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