2007 NHL Entry Draft Top 30 – Part 2

Dobber Sports

2007-01-25

Image Another week, another ten wonderful prospects. Since I love this kind of thing like Kings fans love Dan Cloutier being on the IR, I'm not ready to end this next week. But it's up to you, dear readers. Is 30 enough? A top 60, maybe? How about 90? Or somewhere in between? The greatest advantage one can have in the world of fantasy hockey is knowledge. Well, that and someone else having drafted Clouts.

11. Keaton Ellerby, D, Kamloops Blazers (WHL)

Height: 6'4 Weight: 174

Scouting Report: Excellent skater for a big man. While tall and capable of delivering big hits, has a lanky enough frame to be fluid and agile. Despite that advantage, adding muscle is a top priority- Ellerby simply is too thin for his size. He's also nowhere near effective enough physically. Instead of well-timed checks and fights, the native Okotoks, AB simply throws himself around recklessly. His slapshot is also a point of concern. Having said all that, big, raw defensemen with excellent positioning and smarts will never go out of vogue. Has drawn limited comparisons to a younger Dion Phaneuf.

sweatt12. Bill Sweatt, W, Colorado College (WCHA)

Height: 6'0 Weight: 186

Scouting Report: Speed, speed, speed. The first thing anyone notices about Sweatt. Long, quick stride allows the forward to outdo anyone in that department. However, he also possesses an excellent set of hands that go underused because of his ability to just blaze around a defender instead of deking through him. His upside is incredible; tremendous puck smarts, fluid stickhandling and a wicked wrister in full-flight hint at a potential top-line forward who can play in all situations. Could move up if a team coveting speed and raw potential ends up with a top ten pick.

13. Mikael Backlund, C, Västerås IK (HockeyAllsvenskan)

Height: 6'0 Weight: 191

Scouting Report: Despite disastrous season, not quite ready to give up on this young phenom just yet. Has played a regular shift on the Västerås fourth line after missing the beginning of the year with serious illness. 1-2-3 and 14 PIM in 17 games since returning. About the only positive this season has been being trusted enough to anchor the bottom line as a 17 year-old, as Backlund wasn't named to the Swedish WJC squad and has been underwhelming offensively. Despite these shortcomings, all the tools necessary for greatness are there: great vision, a sharp, corner-picking wrister, elite hands, and tape-to-tape passing ability. If Backlund can regain his timing, confidence and head for the game, NHL stardom is a reasonable goal.

14. James O'Brien, W, Minnesota (WCHA)

Height: 6'2 Weight: 185

Scouting Report: Didn't record his first goal until November 25th in Minnesota's 16th game of the season, despite dressing for every one; Also picked up his first assist and his second goal in what was an 8-2 win over Michigan. His next point was a month and four days later, the third goal in a 3-1 victory. O'Brien followed that up with an assist the next night. Together, those five points account for the majority of his five goals and two assists in 25 games- that despite being built and playing physically like a man among boys. There's a lot of skill here; above-average skating, soft hands and a wide array of deadly shots. But O'Brien hasn't consistently demonstrated the smarts that good NHLers must have. Still worth a first-round pick based on the flashes of domination he's displayed. When the burgeoning power forward has scored, it's been because of his strength, hands and reach.

15. Nick Petrecki, D, Omaha (USHL)

Height: 6'3 Weight: 210

Scouting Report: The biggest faller among previously touted top-3 selections. A punishing stay-at-home rearguard who loves to hit, Petrecki is absolutely flawless in his own zone. However,