Chris Dilks posted some interesting NHL draft links on his blog here. Narrowing in on the Sioux recruits on the list, it should be an action-filled draft day.
The new Red Line Report is projecting defenseman recruit Derek Forbort to go No. 9 overall. That would tie him for third among the highest-drafted Sioux players ever behind Jonathan Toews (No. 3) and Jason Herter (No. 8). The high draft spot is good news for Forbort’s pro prospects, but probably means he’ll be heavily scrutinized here (look at the last two Sioux defensemen to get drafted in the first round).
The Red Line Report also raves about the newest Sioux commitment, Warroad’s Brock Nelson. His stock has went up during the Elite League. Kyle Woodlief wrote in USA Today:
"Warroad (Minn.) High School power center Brock Nelson recently committed to the University of North Dakota, and the Fighting Sioux can really count this one as a coup in smuggling the emerging star out of state right from under the noses of the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Nelson, who is currently playing this fall in the Midwest Elite League until the local high school season starts in about six weeks, is one of Red Line’s favorite early line sleepers for the 2010 Draft. Not many scouts outside of Minnesota have ever heard of him, and he didn’t blossom until last season, so he’s never been a part of the whole U.S. select process. So he may suffer from underexposure for now, but that won’t last much longer.
Nelson, 6-2/205, with a great stride and powerful shot, also has a very strong bloodline in the sport. His uncle is Dave Christian, one of the key scoring cogs on the 1980 U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning squad. Christian is also a former UND All-American and won a national championship with the Sioux before launching an NHL career that spanned over 1000 games and nearly 800 points, so he likely had some influence on young Nelson’s decision."
The other internet site that Dilks found discusses Forbort, Mike Parks and Nick Mattson. On Forbort, it says:
"Ex-Duluth East Greyhound defenseman Derek Forbort bypassed his senior year to move on to the United States Development Program this year. He plays a very complete game from the backend and possesses the prototypical size that all NHL are looking for. He has the ability to make everything looks easy on the ice. Forbort is a two-way defender who has a nice blend of vision, puck distribution skills and strong overall instincts. He plays the point well and usually make strong reads on when to pinch but needs work on his defensive angles and foot speed. He also needs to add more of a physical game and more strength. His previous coach at Duluth East sounded like sour grapes when Forbort made his decision to leave, which tells you just the kind of player he is."
On Parks, the report says:
"Cedar Rapids forward Michael Parks is a potential riser as the season progresses. He has average size, isn’t the best skater but his undeniable strength is creating offense. Parks has a nice set of hands and makes electrifying moves with the puck in one-on-one situations and also in tight around the net.
The O’Fallon, MO. native has vision and offensive creativity that are both natural abilities you can not teach. Parks is not only a one trick pony as he is an able two-way threat that consistently plays in all three zones. He had a good showing as well for the US squad at this past summers U18 Hlinka tournament in Slovakia and the Czech Republic."
On Mattson, the report says:
"Indiana Ice blueliner and USNTDP graduate Nick Mattson is one of the better USHL defensemen with pro potential this season. Mattson is spending a year with the Ice after graduating from the US National Team Program U18 program before heading off to North Dakota.
He has a very good overall game with no glaring weaknesses at this stage of his development. Defensively Mattson holds solid positioning, possesses good foot work and maintains solid gap control. Offensively he has more to offer than he has shown thus far. His outlet passes are strong and he can see the ice well."
There also is one mock draft that goes through seven rounds. No idea how credible this is, but, for what it’s worth, here were the UND prospects:
10. Derek Forbort, D
36. Brock Nelson, F
62. Nick Mattson, D
85. Mike Parks, F
130. Danny Mattson, F
154. Zane Gothberg, G