2008 NHL Draft: First-Round Fantastic Four
last year, when 11 players with college ties were chosen in
the first round of the NHL Draft, the 2008 was relatively
slow for college hockey fans.
is a rundown of the four collegiate prospects who were among
the first 30 picks in this year's draft. For the complete
list of picks, including major junior and European players,
Pos., 2007-08 Team (College)
Colin Wilson, F, Boston University
University coach Jack Parker says: "Colin
is a really smart player who sees the ice really well.
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. An asset that never seems to surprise
me is that he always collects the pass near him, so
that the puck stays with him."
Joe Colborne, F, Camrose Kodiaks
Kodiaks' head coach and general manager Boris Rybalka
think the RBC [Canadian Junior A Championship] was Joe's
coming-out party. Joe started to dominate by using his
size, stick and reach. He skates well, he has soft hands.
He's got the full package."
Jake Gardiner, D, Minnetonka
(Minn.) H.S. (Wisconsin recruit)
Central Scouting says: "He might be one
of the best skaters in the draft. He used to be a forward
and they made him a defensemen a few years ago and he
loves being a defenseman. He is smart with the puck,
unselfish and he's careful. He is dynamic when he grabs
the puck and goes. He has a very quick dangerous wrist
shot — he gets it away like Joe Sakic does. The
dimension of his quickness fools goalies. He's an easy
player to like."
Daultan Leveille, F, St. Catharines
(Michigan State recruit)
Central Scouting says: "There
has been a lot of interest in [Daultan] this year and
he has performed well in front of NHL scouts. He
is a small, skilled quarterback on the power-play type
player [and] a great, fast form skater. Because he was
depended on by his team to be such an offensive contributor,
it stands to reason that his defensive side of the game
needs to improve. Yet, he effectively killed penalties
and his skating and skills would lead me to believe
that as he makes the next step towards Michigan State,
he'll continue to improve that part of his game with
good coaching and experience."