Foucault a post-season star

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

Kris Foucault admits he'll have trouble sleeping this week.

This weekend, after all, is the most important of the Calgary Hitmen star's life so far.

First, he'll graduate from high school. Then, he'll graduate to pro hockey -- at least on paper -- at the NHL Entry Draft.

"Yeah, I have a big day," Foucault said. "I graduate that day, and there's the draft, so I've got a big night."

Trying to guage where the Calgarian might go in the NHL draft is nothing more than a guessing game.

He's ranked 96th by Central Scouting Bureau after scoring nine goals and 17 points in just 26 WHL tilts.

After failing to catch on with the Kootenay Ice, Foucault joined the AJHL's Canmore Eagles before being acquired by the Hitmen at the WHL trade deadline.

He potted 11 goals and 16 points in 18 playoff games and was named MVP of the Eastern Conference final.

"That's what a lot of teams might be thinking: 'We've seen him play at his highest level, but was he at a lower level for a certain reason?' " Foucault said.

"So, it's hard from a general manager's point of view. They'll think 'Do we want to take him in the second round, or do we want to take him in the seventh?'

"A team is going to take a chance because of the playoffs and the end of the season, but hopefully, they take it early."

Teammate Brandon Kozun is in a similar situation, but it appears he'll be sleeping fine.

The 5-foot-8, 156-lb. winger was passed over in last year's draft because of his lack of size. The Calgary product responded with a 40-goal, 108-point campaign and added 19 more in the post-season.

Surely that's enough to warrant a pick this season, but Kozun isn't holding his breath.

"Stranger things have happened, right?" Kozun said. "I have absolutely no idea. It's out of my hands. I did whatever I could this year, and hopefully teams recognize that. There's nothing else I can do."

Foucault no doubt boosted his stock with his performance during the WHL playoffs, but said the entire team should benefit from the extended post-season run.

"We would have loved to have won it but, as (Flames president) Ken King said, 'you don't win from winning. You learn everything from losing,' " Foucault said. "So, I think the team coming back next year will be better because we've been there."


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