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Second 1st Round Selection...

Thunderbirds select Dave Sutter from Switzerland.

195 lbs

Sutter played last season for the Swiss National Team at the U-18 registering 2 assists in 6 games.

I will update as I find more.

The pick...

Is Marcel Noebels of Germany.

Noebels was a member of the Krefeld Juniors but also played for Krefeld's top club Krefeld Pinguine. As a member of Jungadler Mannheim he helped them to back to back DNL league titles in 07/08 and 08/09. Listed as a Center, Noebels is 6'2" and 192 lbs.

He also was a member of the German U18 team that won a Gold Medal last year in the 2nd Division of the U18 tournament, leading all players in goals, assists and points.

Here are a few links for your digestion.

Elite Prospects
Hockey's Future
USA Today

Import Draft News

Seattle is literally moments away from making their 1st selection in the 2010 CHL Import Draft but the Tbirds are already making quiet news this morning as they have somehow acquired another 1st round Import selection from the Red Deer Rebels, the 34th overall selection in the draft.

This most certainly means that Mikhail Sentyurin will not be back with the club next season.

No word yet on how Seattle acquired this pick, I'm sure we will hear soon.

Gotta run to the office, I'll be back with some information on the pick about to be made.


Pickard makes the short list

Let's kick the tires on the blog a little bit here as we approach the NHL Entry Level draft on Friday and more importantly the CHL Import Draft on the 29th.

Calvin Pickard today was named to the short list of four goaltenders invited to compete for a spot on Canada's Junior National team.

Not much of a shock here as I think Calvin is likely the best Junior goaltender in Canada right now but I'm probably just a tad bit biased on that.

Jean-François Bérubé from Montreal and Olivier Roy from Acadie-Bathurst of the QMJHL join Pickard and Mark Visentin from Niagara of the OHL as the 4 goaltender that will compete for the final two spots.

Obviously I think Calvin should make the team but with two older goaltenders on the list you never know what might happen.

Link can be found here.

The most obvious story coming out of the NHL Entry Draft on Friday (as far as Tbird fans will be concerned) will be the where and to whom Calvin Pickard gets drafted... but there will be perhaps a more interesting story to watch for Tbird fans.

Brad Holland of has a mock draft that places Seattle list player Jason Zucker being selected by the Anaheim Ducks with the 29th overall selection in the 1st round. If Zucker is drafted that high, might the Ducks send him to Seattle knowing he would get a ton of ice time? or would they allow Zucker to fulfill his commitment to Denver U. in the fall of 2010.

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