A Cherry-picker

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

Brian Kilrea must be an avid fan of Coach's Corner.

Why else would the ageless bench boss of the Ottawa 67s beckon so-called expert Don Cherry to help uncover a few hidden gems for the Ontario Hockey League draft tomorrow.

"When a legendary coach like Brian Kilrea asks you to help out, then it shows that you must have some idea what is going on," Cherry said yesterday.

KEEN EYE

Kilrea obviously has bought into Cherry's claims of having a keen eye for talent. Cherry already submitted a number of potential sleeper picks to Kilrea earlier this week.

"He asked me to keep an eye on A or B players instead of the AA guys everyone has been looking at," said Cherry, the most high-profile scout on Ottawa's crack staff. "I gave him about five names that he might be able to get without wasting a high pick."

The Kilrea-Cherry relationship goes back about 50 years, so the 67's coach is well aware of the hockey knowledge Grapes brings to the table.

"He goes (to games) with his son, Tim, who's working for Central Scouting, and he likes it," Kilrea said earlier this week.

"He's got a couple he likes, so we'll run over them and see where they fit in our scheme of things."

While his tenure with the Mississauga IceDogs might not have been as successful in the standings as he would have liked, Cherry is proud of the draft resume the club compiled under his watch.

"Six guys were drafted to the NHL who were originally picked by the IceDogs during my drafts there," Cherry said.

"One year we picked Patrick O'Sullivan. Another year we selected Robbie Schremp. That's not a bad draft record, eh?"


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