HF Podcast: Thrashers high on 2009 draft picks

By Glen Erickson

When the Atlanta Thrashers stepped to the podium at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, they made Evander Kane of the WHL‘s Vancouver Giants their top pick, fourth overall.

Since then, all the 18-year-old forward has done is earn a spot on the NHL team’s roster, where he has played a regular shift since the beginning of the current NHL campaign. Through 40 games, Kane has tallied 10 goals and six assists, playing among the Thrashers’ top six forwards. A native of North Vancouver, B.C., Kane earned a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2009 WJC in Ottawa.

At the 2010 WJC, Jeremy Morin is making a name for himself as a steady offensive contributor in Team USA’s run to the gold medal game against Team Canada. Morin was selected by Atlanta in the second round of the 2009 Entry draft, 45th overall.

In five games at the WJC, the Auburn, New York native has chipped in with a pair of goals and three assists for Team USA. Morin, who plays for the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL, has scored 21 goals and 23 assists in 32 games in his OHL rookie season.

Morin, who checks in at 6-1 and 195 pounds, has played well in international competitions in recent years, scoring six goals and two assists in seven games at the 2008 U-18 World Junior Championships where Team USA captured a bronze medal. The next year, at the 2009 edition of the U-18 World Junior Championships, he scored six goals and four assists in seven games as Team USA captured the gold medal.

We spoke about Kane and Morin with Mark Dobson, the Director of Pro Scouting for the Atlanta Thrashers during his visit to the WJC in Saskatoon.

Click here to download the Dobson interview