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2008 Draft: Family Connections

Monday, 06.16.2008 / 3:58 AM CT / Features
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2008 Draft: Family Connections
As a lead-in to the 2008 NHL Entry Draft June 20-21 in Ottawa, Ontario, NashvillePredators.com will be taking a look at the top prospects available in this year's draft class. Today we will continue with family connections in this year's draft.

Most draft classes have ties to the past. This year's class is no different as several of the top prospects share a family bond with past NHL players.

Central Scouting's #10 North American skater, Colin Wilson (already featured in the top North American forwards list) is the son of former NHLer Carey Wilson, while Central Scouting's #5 and #7 European skaters Anton Gustafsson and Viktor Tikhonov (both already featured in the top European forwards list) are sons of coaches. Gustafsson is the son of current Team Sweden head coach Bengt-Ake, a former NHL and European pro standout. Tikhonov is the son of former NHL assistant coach Vasily and the grandson of the legendary Soviet head coach with whom he shares a name.

But those are far from the only prospects with NHL ties in this year's draft pool. Among the others include:
Maxim Sauve (Val d'Or, QMJHL) - 70 games, 26g-39a-65pts, 30 penalty minutes
CSS-NA #26, HN-#45
Maxime is one of the fastest rising prospects in the QMJHL for this draft class. He is the son of former NHL Jean-Francois, while his uncle Bob Sauve played goaltender in the NHL, and his cousin Philippe Sauve was a 1998 draftee of the Colorado Avalanche.
NHL Central Scouting's Chris Bordeleau
"He is a real good skater. He was traded from Quebec to Val D'Or and he had a pretty good second half on a not very good team. He has good hands and can undress guys with his stickhandling and his speed. Once he plays with better players he'll continue to improve, he can skate and for today's game that is the number one most important criteria. He needs to continue to work hard at getting stronger and to continue trying to improve his game to make it to the next level."

Jared Staal (Sudbury, OHL) - 60 games, 21g-28a-49pts, 44 penalty minutes

CSS-NA #43, HN-#31
Jared is the younger brother of forwards Eric (Carolina) and Jordan (Pittsburgh) and defenseman Marc (NY Rangers). He's not rated as highly by Central Scouting as his brothers were in their draft classes, but is still viewed as a solid power-forward prospect in this deep draft.
NHL Director of Central Scouting, E.J. McGuire
"With the great Staal family reputation and the high expectations brought on by his brothers, Jared is coming into his own – he's just growing into his 'big Staal body', which is very similar to that of his brothers. He comes off the wing with the desire to go to the net and that, I think, will continue to grow and he's going to continue to develop on into the NHL."

Philip McRae (London, OHL) - 66 games, 18g-28a-46pts, 61 penalty minutes
CSS-NA #56, HN-#66
Philip is son of former NHL tough-guy Basil and plays a similar power-forward style as his father. His uncle Chris McRae also saw time in the NHL. Philip participated in the 2008 Under-18 World Junior Championhips, helping Team USA to bronze medal showing.
NHL Director of Central Scouting, E.J. McGuire
"Philip is a power forward just like his dad, Basil, was – he brings a scoring ability that I think will carry over when he becomes – and he will become, an NHLer. Philip needs to work on his skating and he needs to get a little more polished – as of right now he's more of a 'bull in the china shop' type power forward which every team can use. But to be a full, all-around player he needs to keep working. And there is no evidence to say the improvements that he has made this year won't continue on into his career in the skating department."

David Carle (Shat. St. Mary's, MN High Sch) - 55 games, 10g-34a-44pts, 59 penalty minutes
CSS-NA #60, HN-#70
David is the younger brother of San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt. A defenseman like his older brother, David also plans on attending University of Denver, where Matt won back-to-back NCAA titles in 2004 and 2005.
NHL Central Scouting's Jack Barzee
"David's first two strides get him to top speed and he passes the puck and skates like a pro. He has a very heavy shot from the point and he plays the body hard. He has a strong overall game and physical presence – he displays all the same signs that his brother, Matt, had at the same age."

David Toews (Shat. St. Mary's, MN High Sch) - 51 games, 44g-56a-100pts, 20 penalty minutes
CSS-NA #79, HN-#40, ISS-#27
A teammate of David Carle's at Shattuck St. Mary's, David is the younger brother of Chicago Blackhawks star Jonathan. An offensive forward like his older brother, David plans to attend University of North Dakota, where Jonathan was a standout before jumping to the NHL this past season. Shattuck St. Mary's has been a fertile developing ground for elite offensive talent with recent alumni including Sidney Crosby, Zach Parise, and David's older brother Jonathan.
NHL Central Scouting's Jack Barzee
"Has a good shot with a quick release – moves the puck and sees the ice very well. A good skater, uses his speed to create scoring chances for himself and his linemates – has excellent hands."

Brett Theberge (Peterborough, OHL) - 55 games, 13g-26a-39pts, 45 penalty minutes

CSS-NA #86
Brett is looking to become a fourth generation NHLer as father Greg, grandfather Ron Attwell, and great-grandfather (and Hall of Famer) Dit Clapper all saw time in league. Dit Clapper was the first man to play 20 seasons in the NHL and also the first player for whom the Hockey Hall of Fame waived its mandatory three-year waiting period.
NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards
"Plays a high-energy two-way game and creates scoring chances for his linemates through his hard work. He likes to battle and wins his fair share. He was used in all game situations this past season. Will need to improve on his skating in order to take his game to the next level."
Key: CSS-NA (Central Scouting-North American Goaltender Rankings), CSS-E (Central Scouting-European Goaltender Rankings), HN (The Hockey News), ISS (International Scouting Services)




1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70


F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33