CJAHL 2005 draft review

By Jesse Gill

Of the 230 players selected in the 2005 NHL Entry draft, 11 played junior A hockey in Canada last year. Eight NHL teams selected a CJAHL player, with the Vancouver Canucks selecting three, and the Edmonton Oilers two. Seven forwards and four defensemen were selected.

Andrew Cogliano, C – St. Michael’s Buzzers (OPJRA)
Edmonton Oilers, 1st round, 25th overall in 2005
Height: 5′ 9.5
Weight: 178lbs
Birthdate: June 14th, 1987
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario
Shoots: Left
2005-06 NCAA commitment: University of Michigan Wolverines

The first Canadian junior A player to have his name called, and the only one in the first round, was centerman Andrew Cogliano. The speedster out of Woodbridge, Ontario was the OPJHL scoring champion and MVP this past season as a member of the St. Michael’s Buzzers where he put up huge numbers leading the league in assists with 66 and points with 102. He tied for sixth in goal scoring 36 markers. In addition to his regular season numbers, the 17-year-old put up 27 goals, 25 assists and 52 points in 29 playoff games while battling a shoulder injury.

Cogliano led all CJAHL scorers with a combined 63 goals, 91 assists and 154 points in 78 games and was the OPJHL nominee for the Canadian junior A hockey player of the year award. Cogliano chose to play junior A in order to be able to go on to play at the NCAA Division I level. He will join the University of Michigan Wolverines.

Cogliano’s efforts were noticed before draft day being one of 44 teenagers and the only Canadian junior A player invited to the Canadian junior team summer development camp. He has thrived on the international stage in the past, helping lead Team Ontario to the gold medal at the World Under-17 Challenge in January of 2004 with 12 points in 6 games and only trailing Gilbert Brule in tournament scoring. As a member of Canada at the Under 18 Junior World Cup in August of 2004 he was the tournament’s top scorer notching 9 points in 5 games.

Despite his lack of size, he isn’t the type to shy away from contact. Recent rule changes in the NHL looking to crack down on obstruction and increase the size of the neutral zone should help allow small talented players like Cogliano flourish.

Mason Raymond, LW – Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)
Vancouver Canucks, 2nd round, 51st overall in 2005
Height: 6’0
Weight: 165lbs
Birthdate: September 17th, 1985
Place of Birth: Calgary, Alberta
Hometown: Cochrane, Alberta
Shoots: Left
2005-06 NCAA commitment: University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs

The next tier II Canadian junior player picked was 19-year-old left winger Mason Raymond of the Camrose Kodiaks, who went 51st overall in the second round to the Vancouver Canucks. Raymond is one of three AJHL players to be selected in the draft and was a key member of the 2005 Royal Bank Cup finalists. He had a successful year with the Kodiaks, bringing home the AJHL most valuable player award, finishing fifth in league scoring with 82 points. He lead the league in goals with 41, and carried an impressive +55 rating on the AJHL’s top team. Raymond came through at the 2005 Royal Bank Cup with 10 points in 5 games as the tournament’s top scorer.

Raymond is a very skilled player, a fast skater, with good hockey sense and makes those playing with him that much better. Raymond needs to add some bulk to his lanky 165-pound frame, but like Cogliano, isn’t afraid to go into traffic and take hits to make a play. He is off to the University of Minnesota-Duluth where a couple of years of NCAA hockey should help his development. His puck-handling ability, creativity and hockey sense should one day take him to the NHL.

Andrew Kozek, W – South Surrey Eagles (BCHL)
Atlanta Thrashers, 2nd round, 53rd overall in 2005
Height: 5’10
Weight: 175lbs
Birthdate: May 26th, 1986
Place of Birth: Revelstoke, British Columbia
Hometown: Sicamous, British Columbia
Shoots: Left
2005-06 NCAA commitment: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

Two picks after Raymond, the first of five players was picked from the BCHL. Winger Andrew Kozek, 19, of the South Surrey Eagles went 53rd overall in the second round to the Atlanta Thrashers. Kozek has great speed and agility and knows how to finish. He played in 2004-05 BCHL All-Star game, and put up huge numbers last year with 48 goals and 97 points in 60 games with the Eagles. He will look to provide some offensive punch for the Fighting Sioux this fall. He has the potential to be a goal scorer in the NHL, but will need some time to develop.

T.J. Fast, D – Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)
Los Angeles Kings, 2nd round, 60th overall in 2005
Height: 6’1
Weight: 190lbs
Birthdate: September 2nd, 1987
Place of Birth: Calgary, Alberta
Shoots: Left
2005-06 NCAA commitment: University of Denver Pioneers

The next CJAHL player picked was 17-year-old defenseman T.J. Fast, 60th overall in the second round to the Los Angeles Kings. A teammate of Raymond’s on the Camrose Kodiaks, Fast brings some offense from the back line, with 36 points in 58 games last season. He’s a good skater, so good that he tends to pinch more than he should because he knows he can get back in time. He does make a good breakout pass and distributes the puck well in the offensive zone.

At this point in his career Fast needs a lot of work on his positioning. He’s a hard hitter with a good frame that should fill out in a couple of years. Fast has the potential to develop into a power play quarterback with a booming shot, although he may never be a top 3 defenseman in the NHL. There is still a lot of development that needs to be done with his game until he’s ready for the next level. He’s committed to the University of Denver.

Tim Crowder, RW – South Surrey Eagles (BCHL)
Pittsburgh Penguins, 5th round, 126th overall in 2005
Height: 6’2
Weight: 180lbs
Birthdate: October 16th, 1986
Place of Birth: Victoria, British Columbia
Shoots: Right
2005-06 NCAA commitment: Michigan State University Spartans

Sixty-six picks later, a second BCHL player was selected, again a member of the South Surrey Eagles. Winger Tim Crowder, 18, was taken 126th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins to start the fifth round. He had 50 points in 56 games last season and will attend Michigan State University in the fall.

Brennan Turner, D – Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL)
Chicago Blackhawks, 5th round, 134th overall in 2005
Height: 6’3
Weight: 220lbs
Birthdate: December 5th, 1986
Place of Birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Shoots: Left
2005-06 NCAA commitment: Yale University Bulldogs

The SJHL had their first of two draftees this year with defenseman 18-year-old Brennan Turner of the Notre Dame Hounds going 134th overall in the fifth round to the Chicago Blackhawks. Turner is a big physical defenseman who will attend Yale University this fall. Turner had 17 points and 207 PIMs in 2004-05. He will need to improve his skating to make the jump to the NHL but is very willing to do the hard work necessary to become a better player. He may require some time in the minors even after finishing college. With his size he could become a punishing NHL defenseman in the distant future.

Matt Butcher, C – Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)
Vancouver Canucks, 5th round, 138th overall in 2005
Height: 6’1
Weight: 185lbs
Birthdate: January 1st, 1987
Place of Birth: Bellingham, Washington
Shoots: Left
NCAA commitment: Northern Michigan University for 2006-07

It was back to the BCHL for the next three Canadian tier II picks. The Vancouver Canucks are hoping good genetics prove true with their 138th overall selection in the fifth round. The Canucks drafted 18-year-old center Matt Butcher of the Chilliwack Chiefs, the son of their first round pick in the 1981 draft defenseman Garth Butcher, a fan favorite in his 10 seasons with the Canucks. Matt had 57 points in 60 games in 2004-05 and has committed to Northern Michigan University for the 2006-07 season

Matt Watkins, RW – Vernon Vipers (BCHL)
Dallas Stars, 6th round, 160th overall in 2005
Height: 5’10
Weight: 180lbs
Birthdate: November 22, 1986
Place of Birth: Regina, Saskatchewan
Hometown: Aylsbury, Saskatchewan
Shoots: Left
2005-06 NCAA commitment: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux.

At pick No. 160 in the sixth round the Dallas Stars took 18-year-old right winger Matt Watkins of the Vernon Vipers. Watkins played in the 2004-05 BCHL All Star game and was also the 2003-04 Saskatchewan Midget AAA offensive player of the year and top scorer. The sniper had no problem moving his production to junior A hockey last year and will be looked upon to do the same at the University of North Dakota this fall. He had 74 points in 60 games.

Tyrell Mason, D – Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL)
New York Islanders, 6th round, 180th overall in 2005
Height: 6’1
Weight: 167
Birthdate: March 12th, 1986
Place of Birth: Grande Prairie, Alberta
Hometown: Dawson Creek, British Columbia
Shoots: Left
2005-06 NCAA commitment: Clarkson University Golden Knights

Picked 180th overall in the sixth round by the New York Islanders was 19-year-old defenseman Tyrell Mason of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. He had 42 points in 51 games and played in the 2004-05 BCHL All Star game. The offensive defenseman put up solid numbers in two BCHL seasons will attend Clarkson in the fall and will look to continue racking up assists at the NCAA level.

Kris Fredheim, D – Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL)
Vancouver Canucks, 6th round, 185th overall in 2005
Height: 6’1.5
Weight: 170lbs
Birthdate: February 23rd, 1987
Place of Birth: Campbell River, British Columbia
Shoots: Right

Eighteen-year-old defenseman Kris Fredheim, a teammate of Turner with the Notre Dame Hounds of the SJHL was selected by the Vancouver Canucks with the 185th pick in the sixth round. Fredheim took home the top defenseman award in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League for the 2003-04 season as a member of the Notre Dame Hounds. He was a member of Team Pacific at the Under 17 World Challenge and also played in 2004-05 SJHL prospects game. He had 17 points in 50 games this season. Fredheim has not yet committed to a college program.

Matthew Glasser, LW – Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL)
Edmonton Oilers, 7th round, 220th overall in 2005
Height: 5’10
Weight: 175lbs
Birthdate: January 11th, 1987
Place of Birth: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Shoots: Left
2005-06 NCAA commitment: University of Denver Pioneers

The final tier II Canadian junior player selected was 18-year-old left winger Matthew Glasser of the AJHL’s Fort McMurray Oil Barons, in the seventh round by the Edmonton Oilers. He had 49 points in 62 games in 2004-05. Glasser will join fellow draftees Fast and Watkins with the University of Denver Pioneers next year.

Draft Breakdown

BCHL – 5 players (Kozek, Crowder, Butcher, Watkins, Mason)
AJHL – 3 players (Raymond, Fast, Glasser)
SJHL – 2 players (Turner, Fredheim)
OPJHL – 1 player (Cogliano)

CJAHL – 11 players/230 = 4.78%

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