Manitoba moment

KEN WIEBE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

Manitobans expected to be chosen in 2008 NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa today and tomorrow:

Colin Wilson

Hometown: Winnipeg

Position: Centre

Team: Boston Univeristy (NCAA)

2007-08 stats: 37GP, 12G, 35P, 22PIM with BU ... 6GP, 6G, 7P, 4PIM for Team USA at WJHC

Projection: A safe bet to go in the Top-10, possibly as high as seventh.

Chet Pickard

Hometown: Winnipeg

Position: Goalie

Team: Tri-City Americans (WHL)

2007-08 stats: 64GP, 46-12-4 record, 2.32 GAA, .918 save%, 2SO

Projection: Don't be surprised to see him go in the Top-10 and he surely won't get past the Ottawa Senators spot at 18.

Colby Robak

Hometown: Gilbert Plains

Position: Defence

Team: Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

2007-08 stats: 71GP, 6G, 30P, 25PIM

Projection: With puck-moving blue-liners such a valuable commodity, Robak should be scooped up in the bottom third of the first round.

Michael Stone

Hometown: Winnipeg

Position: Defence

Team: Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

2007-08 stats: 71GP, 10G, 35P, 28PIM

Projection: A solid second rounder, should go between 31 and 45.

Eric Mestery

Hometown: Winnipeg

Position: Defence

Team: Tri-City Americans (WHL)

2007-08 stats: 71GP, 2G, 16P, 65PIM

Projection: Likely a late second rounder.

David Toews

Hometown: Winnipeg

Position: Left wing

Team: Shattuck-St. Mary's (USHS)

2007-08 stats: 51GP, 44G, 100P, 20PIM

Projection: Could go between late in the second round and early in the fourth.

Tyler Schmidt

Hometown: Winnipeg

Position: Defence

Team: Tri-City Americans (WHL)

2007-08 stats: 66GP, 2G, 14P, 129PIM

Projection: His size, grit and physical ability could make him appealing later in the draft.

Dale Hunt

Hometown: Sanford

Position: Right wing

Team: Prince George Cougars (WHL)

2007-08 stats: 48GP, 9G, 21P, 35PIM

Projection: Injuries limited his production, but he's still a possible late-round selection.


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