Thursday, February 19, 2009

Incoming DU Recruit Is Highly Rated NHL Prospect

(left) DU recruit Drew Shore currently plays for the US National Development Team based in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Incoming DU recruit Drew Shore has just been named by International Scouting Service as the 9th highest NHL Prospect in the upcoming NHL Draft this summer. He is the only player in the Top 10 that will be playing college hockey next season.

Shore has been projected to be drafted in the first round by every recognized scouting service in the country. A native of Colorado, he has already committed to play at the University of Denver next season.

That's not to say Shore is looking to stay close to home to advance in his hockey career. He has already spent seasons playing in the Honeybaked program in Detroit, and in Junior A in British Columbia. One scout in Ann Arbor this year up Shore's game like this: "He's a big center who isn't flashy and has decent skating and always seems to get where he has to go. You have to project where he'll be when he grows into his frame and fills out."

Almost certainly Shore will become the highest drafted player from the state of Colorado and may challenge Craig Redmond as the highest drafted to player to ever play at the University of Denver. Redmond was the 6th overall pick in the First Round of the 1984 NHL Draft.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Iteresting - Shore has good numbers; but I doubt he goes before Jordan Schroeder of UMN. TSN has Shore going 25th and Schroeder 12th in their rankings.... I would tend to think that is more realistic.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=4084

dggoddard said...

Shore is 6'2 185, Schroeder is 5'9 180. Shore had a sensational 5 Nations Tourney and was very impressive against Colorado College in the exhibition game on Sunday.

Obviously Schroeder has been fantastic this season for the Gophers & WJ's, but maybe Shore has more NHL upside.

The #9 ranking is a huge leap up for Shore.

Anonymous said...

Obviously Schroeder would be a top 3 pick if he wasn't 5'9.... I think someone will take a chance at him in the top 10 though..... Guys like Patrick Kane can thrive in the new NHL; and it only takes one team to take the risk with Schroeder's NHL potential.

Shore - He has been really good as of late.... I can see him around that 14-18 range realistically. Not top 10 though, he has to be dominate for a longer period of time to justify that.

Angélique C. Murray (Jori) said...

I'd be shocked if Shore is taken in the top 15. However, I'm hoping the Avs can snag another first round pick near the NHL trade deadline for a chance to draft him in the second half of the first round.