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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Some lessor knowns to watch Part II

Clark Seymour - Kingston Frontenacs
6'3" 185 LBS

The OHL has produced some big tough defensemen in recent years and Seymour could be the next generation.

He was selected 42 overall in the Priority Draft after getting 3 goals and 28 assists in 53 games in AAA Midget. He scored 1 goal and added 5 assists in 60 games as a rookie for Kingston.

His maturity shows after he played a few games as a 16 year old for the Brockville Braves of the CJHL, playing against players 4 or 5 years older.

He’s a big defenseman who plays the physical game. He is a good skater but could use some more speed. Positions himself well and can play all situations.

Ben Thompson - Kitchener Rangers
6'3" 186 lbs

As an 8th round pick in the Priority draft, Thomson decided against the College route to play for the Rangers in 2009/10 where he contributed 6 goals and 6 assists in 46 games.

He’s a big, power forward who can put up points and plays extremely well on the defensive side of the puck.

With half a dozen sophomores for the Rangers in 2010/11 and an influx of rookies, Thomson’s offensive abilities are going to be counted on heavily.

Ben Fanelli - Kitchener Rangers
6'1" 177 lbs

Fanelli was a 3rd round pick in the Priority draft and only played 7 games on a Rangers team that had 12 defensemen listed on their roster during the 09/10 season.

He is a big puck moving defenseman who makes perfect tape to tape passes and plays very well defensively. With Ryan Murphy on the team, he probably won’t be asked to do as much offensively in his first full year, but he is more than capable. He could stand to add some bulk to his 6’1” frame. Fanelli was twice carried off the ice on a stretcher in 2009-10.

Joseph Cramarossa - Mississauga Majors
6'0' 185 lbs

The former 49th pick in the 2008 priority draft is a big strong center who plays a two way game. In his rookie season, he put up 6 goals and 10 assists in 64 games, with 60 PIM and was a plus 5.

He’s a pretty good skater, strong, and can fight. He is also strong in the face-off department. He comes in with potential on his side and will need to realise that potential in the upcoming season.


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