Predators draftee capsules

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 1:11am

A quick look at the Predators' draftees:

Colin Wilson, center, 6-1, 215, Greenwich, Conn. (lives in Winnipeg, Man.), First Round

Hockey East Rookie of the Year for Boston University. ...Posted 35 points (13 goals) in 37 games last season. …Played for Team USA in the 2008 World Junior Championships, tying for the goal-scoring lead with six. …His father Carey played 12 seasons in the NHL, splitting time between the Calgary Flames, Hartford Whalers and New York Rangers. …Colin wears No. 33, his father’s number in the NHL. …His grandfather, Gerry Wilson, also played a short time with the Montreal Canadiens and later served as the team doctor for the Winnipeg Jets. …He tries to emulate former Predators player Peter Forsberg.

“Colin is a really smart player who sees the ice really well,” said Boston University coach Jack Parker. “He can really move the puck because he has what I refer to as ‘Larry Bird court-sense.’ He knows where everybody is and can see plays develop in front of him. He knows where to go when he has the puck and when he doesn’t have the puck.”

Chet Pickard, goaltender, 6-2, 210, Moncton, New Brunswick (lives in Winnipeg, Man.), First Round

Only the second time the Predators have drafted a goaltender in the first round. …Compared to NHL standout Olaf Kolizig, co-owner of the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League and wears Kolzig’s No. 37. … First among WHL goaltenders with 46 wins on the season (46-12-2-2) and fourth in the League in save percentage (.918). …Won the Del Wilson trophy as the WHL’s Goaltender of the Year, following in the footsteps of his former teammate and goaltender Carey Price, a star with the Montreal Canadiens as a rookie.

“Number one, he is very confident,” said Al Jensen of NHL Central Scouting. “He is very strong in his crease and he isn’t predictable. His net coverage is very good and he reads the play well. I think he presents himself very well in the net and he has very good goalie instincts. He is very consistent, which is a big positive for him. He is able to put any bad goals behind him; he doesn’t let anything bother him yet he is very competitive. The first time I saw Pickard, I saw Olaf Kolzig – I saw him big time in there.”

Roman Josi, defenseman, 6-1, 183, Bern, Switzerland, Second Round

Played for Team Switzerland at the 2008 World Junior Championships. … Key player at the Under-18 IIHF World Championships, positing five points (1-4-5). …Played in 35 games for Bern in the Swiss League with eight points (two goals). …Bern is a top team in the senior Swiss League. …Known as a play-making defenseman. …Not an overly offensive player. …Needs to be a more physical on the ice.

Taylor Stefishen, left wing, 5-11, 170, North Vancouver, B.C., Fifth Round

Posted 81 points (33 goals) and 71 penalty minutes in 57 games for Langley of the British Columbia Hockey League. …Plans to attend Ohio State. …Patterns his game after Chris Drury and Mike Richards.

“Taylor is a player that as soon as we got him we knew he’d be something special,” said Harvey Smyl, Langley coach and general manager. “He does a good job for our club at both ends and is someone we use a lot both on the power play and the penalty kill. He has great vision and a knack for the net as well – the other aspect of his game that I think really adds something is his willingness to mix it up and get into the corners and battle.”

Jeffrey Foss, defenseman, 6-2, 200, Moorhead, Minn., Sixth Round

Played last season at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. ….Played in 38 games as a freshman. …Scored four points (one goal) and earned 28 penalty minutes. …Played against the top offensive players in the ECAC. …Was also draft eligible last season. …Played for the Sioux Falls Stampede with one assist in 11 regular season games and four playoff games in 2006-2007 in the United States Hockey League.

Jani Lajunen, center, 6-1, 174, Helsinki, Finland, Seventh Round

Played in 25 games for the Blues Juniors team in the Finland Junior League with 14 points (four goals) in 25 games.

Anders Lindback, goaltender, 6-6, 198, Gavle, Sweden, Seventh Round

Might have been under the radar since he dealt with some health issues last season. …Predators were surprised he was still available. …Compares favorably to Pekka Rinne, drafted in the eighth round in the 2004 Entry Draft. …Split time between Brynas of the Swedish Junior League (2.27 goals against average, five shutouts, .905 save percentage in 36 games) and Almtuna of the Swedish Elite League (18 games, 3.07 goals against average, .905 save percentage.

— Information obtained from NHL Central Scouting, NHL Draft Central and various other sources

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