Penguins could take Toews at No. 2 today

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:32 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- Ray Shero has a new job and one of his first tasks with that occupation might be to select Winnipegger Jonathan Toews in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Shero, whose father Fred was a legendary coach who grew up in Winnipeg and won three Stanley Cups with the Philadelphia Flyers, is the new general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who hold the second overall selection today.

"He's really good, he's a smart player who can play centre and play wing. He had a really impressive freshman year (at North Dakota)," said Shero. "I was talking to Jonathan's father Bryan at the world junior and at the time (Nashville) had about 85 points. I thought 'what are the chances we could get Jonathan Toews with our first round pick?"

Looks like we're about to find out.

RED CARPET TREATMENT: Toews took in the NHL awards on Thursday and had the paparazzi treatment on his way in.

"A lot of people wouldn't think so, but you're kind of star-struck watching all those guys walking down the red carpet and having access to it," said Toews. "It was pretty unbelievable to be there. It was a lot of fun to meet some of the guys who were nominees. I really enjoyed it."

NEW BOSS: The search for Alain Vigneault's replacement is ongoing and Vancouver Canucks GM Dave Nonis has a good idea what he's looking for.

"We're looking for the same type of thing," said Nonis. "A coach that can communicate with the players, hold them accountable, has some experience and someone we think has the potential to be an NHL coach.

"We'll be looking at two or three people and that will be it. I don't think it will be very long."

Former Moose captain and assistant coach Scott Arniel remains the front-runner for the job.


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