Plenty of 'Peggers on most draft boards

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Jonathan Toews won't be the only Manitoban to hear his name called during the 2006 NHL Entry Draft tomorrow.

There are at least three others who appear on most draft boards and should be picked during the shortened seven-round draft that takes place at GM Place.

One or two of them might even be first round selections.

Brandon product Ryan White, who had 20 goals, 53 points and 121 penalty minutes for the Calgary Hitmen in 72 Western Hockey League games last season, is ranked 27th among North American skaters (No. 18 by The Hockey News) but his size and strong two-way might sneak him into the first round.

Winnipegger Codey Burki is expected to go in the second round but has the skills to be a first round selection in the eyes of some scouts.

Burki is coming off a strong season with the Brandon Wheat Kings, where he had 27 goals and 61 points in 70 games.

Goalie Kevin Armstrong, who played AAA Bantam with Toews for the Winnipeg Warriors, is ranked eighth among North American ranked goalies after splitting last season between the Saskatoon Blades and Spokane Chiefs.

JUNIOR INVITES: Hockey Canada released its list of 44 players invited to attend the national junior development camp in Calgary from July 23 to 28.

Canada is looking to capture its third consecutive gold medal at the 2007 World Junior Hockey Championship in Sweden.

Both Toews and Burki are among the forwards that will compete for jobs under new head coach Craig Hartsburg, an assistant last season under Brent Sutter.

"Not being the young guy, I'll have confidence to be a bigger part of the team," said Toews. "I'm looking forward to that and making a bigger difference. I'll be really happy to be part of it again. Every time it's pretty special."

Wheat Kings defenceman Dustin Kohn was also invited to camp.

One of the surprise omissions was Wheaties goalie Tyler Plante, a second round pick of the Florida Panthers in 2005 who attended the summer camp for goalies earlier this month.

However, it's worth noting that Canada's starting goalie the past two world juniors, Justin Pogge and Jeff Glass, weren't invited to the summer camp either and both led their country to gold.


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