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  1. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe j.09 View Post
    very interesting i heard alot about a winger who was playing in the same league i think as taveras that the islanders have his last name start with a B and its pretty long and i heard he was the mvp of the all star game any info on this kid is he the real deal??
    Justin Dibenedetto
    Center
    2007-08: Put up incredible numbers for the Sting, finishing second to Steven Stamkos in scoring. The year before, he scored 28 goals and 63 points in 58 games, but this season upped that to 39 goals and 93 points. He also had 10 points in 9 playoff games

    Analysis
    His numbers speak of some good potential, especially with the right teammates.

    This year he is tearing it up
    52 Games played, 39 Goals, 40 Assists total of 79 points with a +/- of 10

    all without Stamkos
    He is currently 4th in the OHL in scoring....behind John Tavares and a few others

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    Aaron Ness
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    2007-08: Ness led Roseau with 72 points (28 goals, 44 assists), averaging 2.32 points per game. His 28 goals, 16 power-play goals and eight game-winning goals also led the Rams. Ness’ 72 points led the entire state of Minnesota in defenseman scoring. He was also an astounding plus-67 this season as well. Ness was the first player in the storied history of the Roseau High School hockey program to win the coveted Mr. Hockey award. He was also named the 2008 Associated Press Minnesota High School Player of the Year, as well as earned All-AP First Team honors. Among his other accolades were selections to the Class AA All-Tournament team and the Pioneer Press All-State First Team. Most recently, Ness was a member of Team USA’s bronze-medal winning U-18 squad that played in Russia. He was one of only two non-National Team Development Program players on the team. In the tournament, he posted six assists.

    Analysis
    Ness is an intelligent, instinctive offensive defenseman who has quick hands, tremendous speed and great on-ice vision. He is a fierce competitor who has the ability to make those around him better. His skating combines quick feet with smooth strides, great acceleration and can get up to speed very quickly. Ness also possesses the ability to make plays at high speeds – a quality that isn’t commonly seen in high school defensemen. Ness utilizes his speed and quickness quite well on both sides of the puck.

    Equally as impressive are his quick hands. Ness has demonstrated both great poise and great patience with the puck. His outstanding ability to move with and distribute the puck makes him an excellent quarterback on the power play. He can also make some beautiful tape-to-tape passes as well, and his decisions with the puck are also very good. Ness is not one to shy away from shooting the puck. He’ll shoot as often as the opportunity presents itself and does it with a great shot and an ultra-quick release.

    He does a very good job of taking away passing and shooting lanes, as well as stripping the puck from opposing players. His combination of great vision and ability to read and react to plays has helped to make Ness a defensive asset to his team as well.

    Like all young players, adding size and strength will be crucial to Ness’ success. Another area that should continue to develop nicely is his understanding of how to play in his own end, especially without the puck. While Ness has a very good grasp of the basics of playing the defensive position, continuing to fine tune and round out his overall defensive game will make him an even more effective and dangerous player.

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    Travis Hamonic
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    This right-handed product of Manitoba is a solidly-built rearguard (6'0, 192), who scored 22 points (5 goals) in 61 games for Moose Jaw. He racked up 101 PIM as well. He will attend the Canadian National Junior Team development camp, having already begun an international career on Canada's gold medal winning U-18 squad.

    2007-08: Continuing his career with Moose Jaw (WHL), Hamonic tallied 22 points (5+17) in 61 appearances during his second year in the WHL. He also saw time in the box, racking up 101 PIM during the regular season. He had one point, an assist, in six playoff games with the Warriors.

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    Robin Figren
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    Robin Figren has had a decent season with Frölunda’s junior team which he followed up with a good U18 WJC tournament. The flashy forward scored 10 goals and 28 points for Frölunda in the junior league. A decent production, although he was expected to have some more goals in the scoring column.

    Selected by the Calgary Hitmen in the CHL Import Draft.

    2006-07: Figren played his first season in North America as a member of the Calgary Hitmen (WHL). He appeared in a total 62 games for the Hitmen, with a total 27 points (10g, 17a) and 54 penalty minutes. He was also a member of Team Sweden in the U20 World Junior Competition, where he played four games and registered an assist.

    2007-08: In his only season with the club, Figren tallied 31 points (18+13) in just 35 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL). He was selected to represent Team Sweden in the U20 tournament, skating in eight games and recording nine points (6+3).
    Analysis
    Figren is flashy, an excellent skater with superb endurance. Checks very hard and is a good two-way player. Figren has also some great offensive tools, including a good goal scoring ability, nice technical skills and a killer shot, which is especially valuable on the power play. He does not have any major flaws, but size is not intimidating and at times Figren can appear to be a tad selfish with the puck.

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    Matt Martin
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    Undrafted into the OHL, he made the Sting as a walk-on. There he filled out to 6'2, 192 and developed a nice physical game.

    2007-08: In his second season with the Sarnia Sting (OHL), Martin ranked third on the team in goals (25) and finished with 38 points. He was 3-3-6 over nine games in the playoffs and ended the season second on the team in penalty minutes with 155.
    Analysis
    He embodies the kind of personal determination that the Islanders have been known for.

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    David Toews
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    Younger brother of Jonathan Toews.

    2007-08: Toews played for Shattuck-St. Mary’s High School in Minnesota last season. He recorded 100 points (44+56) in 51 games. He tied for the team lead in goals and ranked third in assists and second in points. He singed a Letter of Intent to attend the University of North Dakota (WCHA) in the fall of 2008.

    2008-09: Toews is having a respectable first year at the powerhouse University of North Dakota. There's not a lot of pressure with the quality veterans they have. This allows Coach Dave Hakstol to move guys along naturally and patiently and it pays off.

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    Stefan Ridderwall
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    004-05: Played for the Djurgarden Jr. U-20 team in Sweden.

    2005-06: Played for Djurgarden Jr. U-20 in Sweden, where he posted a 2.40 GAA in 18 games with a .910 save percentage. Ridderwall also earned a shutout at the elite level.

    2006-07: Ridderwall was the third string goaltender for the Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Elitserien and was thus assigned the task of playing for the team's under-20 affiliate. Making the most of his playing time, this solid goaltending prospect played in 28 games for the Djurgarden IF J20 team. The numbers he posted were astounding -- a 1.78 GAA and four shutouts. And just when one thought he couldn't play any better, in the playoffs Ridderwall brought his game to a new level, playing in seven games and recording a playoff leading 1.44 GAA and .956 save percentage. His individual efforts, unfortunately, were not enough, as his team eventually fell to Frolunda in the championship series.

    2007-08: Ridderwall saw time with several Swedish teams during the 2007-08 season. He started in the under-20 league and over eight games he posted a goals against average of 1.75 and a save percentage of .934. He moved up to the elite league for 11 games, posting a 2.68 goals against average and .907 save percentage.
    Analysis
    Plays with a great love for the game and is very passionate on the ice. Displays good technique and is a technically skilled goalie; plays a mix of stand-up and butterfly style. Makes up for 5’11” frame by playing angles effectively and is not afraid to challenge shooters. Has quick reflexes and is quite good at covering the bottom portion of the net. Ranked 12th among European-born goalies entering 2006 draft. Shows great deal of raw skill set and has loads of potential.

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    Ill do a few more tomorrow after classes and my HW gets done

    Enjoy what is done so far

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    great job man... i cant wait for Dibenedetto and Toews

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    Anchors, how far away is Dibenedetto? U think he has a shot at the team next year or is he more for the year after next? What do u think his potential is any chance he could be a future 30 goal scorer?
    Last edited by joe j.09; 02-24-2009 at 12:43 PM.

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    DiBenedetto might play with the NHL team next season
    he could be around a 20+ goal scorer especially if we get Tavares

    a line of Okposo Tavares DiBenedetto


    we could see a very goood 1st line come from this team

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    second line of comeau, bailey,... and tamby?

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    Something like that
    Hopefully we throw a FA Acquisition in there

    Marian Hossa?
    Last edited by MetsFan19; 02-24-2009 at 07:17 PM.

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    eh im not a fan of hossa... he was a bum in atlanta.. he didnt try, and wasnt he invisible in the stanley cup last year

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    Well we need to sign a Few vets

    because Guerins Contract is up...weight wont be here...Comrie allready gone

    we need some Experience on offense

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