The Sports Network recently posted its final projection for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, which begins Friday in Los Angeles. That Bob McKenzie story is here.
The News Tribune talked with defensemen Derek Forbort of Duluth and Justin Faulk of South St. Paul for a Friday story.
Here’s a part of the McKenzie story:
With Cam Fowler and Jack Campbell – two centerpieces of Team USA’s WJC victory – ranked in the top 10, it’s likely to be a banner draft year for Americans. TSN has 11 Americans ranked in the top 30 this year, as opposed to 14 Canadians, and that means there’s a chance the U.S. record of 10 first-rounders (2007) could be challenged.
U.S. under-18 defencemen Derek Forbort (No. 11), Jonathan Merrill (No. 22), Jarred Tinordi (No. 23) and Justin Faulk (No. 30) made our Top 30, as well Fowler (No. 5), Campbell (No. 9), Peterborough Pete winger Austin Watson (No. 14), Medicine Hat Tiger winger Emerson Etem (No. 17), Penticton Vees’ forward Beau Bennett (No. 18), Minnesota high schooler Nick Bjugstad (No.19) and Minnesota State forward Tyler Pitlick (No. 25) are the other Americans in TSN’s Top 30. U.S. junior prospect Charlie Coyle (No. 32) from South Shore of the Eastern Junior League and Minnesota high schooler Brock Nelson (No. 34) from Warroad are amongst a number of other Americans who are knocking on the door.