2000 Draft Profiles from the OHL (PART 2 of 2)

By pbadmin

Hockey will begin a new era next year and what better way to bring in a new millenium
than with a fresh young group of talented players, especially from the OHL. The OHL is
represented very strongly in the 2000 draft. The OHL has a mix of fine young defenseman to go
along with some outstanding forwards. Here is a profile on the top youngsters from the OHL
looking to make it big in the 2000 NHL draft.

DAN GROWDEN


Height/Weight: 6’0 180

Position: Defence

Birthdate: February 9, 1982
Peterborough, Ontario

Current stats: 6 points in 52 games in Windsor

  • 42 points in 51 games with Peterborough Bantams

    HF Comments: Dan Growden represents speed in the 2000 draft. This offensive minded defenceman was
    selected by Windsor 5th overall in 1998 and is yet to prove himself. He logs an incredible
    amount of playing time and slowly he is becoming more comfortable in the league. His defensive
    game is very poor and his inability to clear corners and in front of the net has left the Spits
    picking the puck out of the back of the net. He loves to jump into the rush and in some
    occasions is used up front on the penalty kill. A willing learner who is gradually learning
    the defensive game in the OHL. His major strength by far is his mobility and his ability to clear
    the zone. He will have to get more physical and more confident in order to become a quality
    defenceman in the league.

    BOBBY TURNER


    Height/Weight: 6’2 187

    Position: Defence

    Birthdate: April 15, 1982
    Stoney Creek, Ontario

    Current stats: 3 points in 53 games in London

  • 7 points in 46 games with Quinte Jr.A
  • Drafted in the 1st round by London.

    HF Comments: Bobby Turner is tough. He is potentially the most physical defenceman in the
    draft and is already gaining a reputation as one of the toughest and most physical defenceman in
    the league. He is seeing plenty of ice time in his rookie campaign and benefitting from every
    minute. He is a great skater who has a good vision on the ice. He moves the puck up the ice well
    and he has an excellent shot. His physical game is the best aspect of his all around game. He can
    really throw some huge checks and loves to drop the gloves. A fierce competitor is what Turner
    can be described. He will certainly be a valuable asset on a team in the future.

    KRIS NEWBURY


    Height/Weight: 5’10 181

    Position: Left Wing

    Birthdate: February 19, 1982
    Brampton, Ontario

    Current stats: 10 points in 44 games with Belleville

  • 32 points in 46 games with Brampton Jr.A
  • Represented Ontario Under 17 team

    HF Comments: A Wendel Clark type player, Newbury does not put up the big numbers but he makes up for
    it with his hard-nosed attitude and tremendous work ethic. His best strength would be his
    skating as he blows by many unsuspecting defencemen. His overall offensive skills are very good.
    He can handle the puck very well and his shot is average. His passing ability is good and his
    anticipation of the opposition is astounding. His offensive output will have to improve, which it
    should, in order for him to gain more respect from the watchful scouts.

    KURT FOSTER


    Height/Weight: 6’4 200

    Position: Defence

    Birthdate: November 24, 1981
    Carp, Ontario

    Current stats: 13 points in 45 games with Peterborough

  • Played for Ontario under 17 & National under 18 teams
  • 4th round pick in 1997 by Petes

    HF Comments: Foster is a punishing hitter with a developing aggressive streak. His size and his skills
    make the scouts drool. He is oozing with potential and in his 2nd season in the OHL, he is
    finally beginning to realize it. His offensive game is not too fancy but he owns a very hard shot
    and developing better playmaking skills, as he is seeing some time on the Power Play. He will
    need to fully develop his physical game and earn more of a scoring touch in order to be a
    dominant force in the OHL and the NHL.

    Others to keep an eye on :

    Kris Vernarsky, Plymouth LW – Big, Manny Malhotra type player can score some big goals as well as
    dish out some big hits.

    Jared Newman, Plymouth D – Great defensive skills, a stay at home type who lacks a scoring touch.

    Mike Wehrstedt, Kitchener C – FUTURE STAR! Had 174 points in 67 games in Bantam. Has a huge shot.

    Samu Isosalo, North Bay RW – Huge winger has good hands and a mean streak. Could be a high pick.

    Mark Popovic, Toronto D – Offensive defenceman with great skating ability.