Talent definitely long and short of it

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Generously listed at 5-ft.-10, Airdrie's Zach Boychuk was the low man on the totem pole yesterday.

The tallest of a talented bunch was another Calgarian, lumbering defenceman Tyler Myers.

Myers is 6-ft.-7. The scary thing is he is still growing.

"Hopefully, I can start growing out," said the thin 18-year-old blueliner who plays for the WHL's Kelowna Rockets.

"Grade 9 and 10 was my biggest growth spurt. From the end of Grade 9 to the end of Grade 10, I grew about three or four inches. I lost a lot of co-ordination, so I had to get that back."

While scouts have concerns about Myers' lack of bulk, they worry about Boychuk's lack of height.

Myers, though, has seen firsthand what quick feet can do for the Lethbridge Hurricanes playmaker who finished with 72 points in 61 games.

"He's probably one of the fastest guys I've ever played against," Myers said of his WHL rival. "You definitely have to work on your foot speed and make sure you're focused when he's on the ice."

Boychuk, meanwhile, had to worry about Myers' reach.

His pokecheck is epic.

"When you're carrying the puck through the neutral zone, he comes out with that big stick from nowhere," said Boychuk with a laugh, adding the big kid can skate pretty well, too.

Cup dream courtesy Stevens

One of five defencemen expected to go in the top 10 tonight, Zach Bogosian hopes the draft is the next step in his quest to get reacquainted with the Stanley Cup.

His first taste of it came in 2000, when Scott Stevens brought it to his cottage north of Kitchener, Ont.

Having played with Stevens' nephew, Bogosian was the only non-family member vacationing there at the time.

"It was cool seeing that stuff up close and in a laid-back environment," said the star Peterborough Petes blueliner.

"I couldn't wait to grow up and win that one day."


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