Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Trio of Spirit players ranked for NHL Draft

The National Hockey League's Central Scouting Bureau released its final rankings of the top prospects for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft Tuesday and three Saginaw Spirit players made the cut.

Spirit goalie Edward Pasquale (pictured) was ranked the third North American goalie entering the draft, while forward Jordan Szwarz was ranked 68th and defenseman Cody Sol was ranked 192nd amongst North American skaters.

"These guys worked really hard to get to this point, and it's a great honor for both the players and the organization to have them ranked for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft," stated Spirit assistant coach and director of hockey administration Adam Mattson.

The 2009 NHL Entry Draft takes place in Montreal on June 26 and June 27.

Pasquale and forward Szwarz have also been invited to attend the NHL Scouting Combine taking place in Toronto from May 25-May 30. The two players will join approximately 100 other top prospects of the upcoming NHL Entry Draft for the combine and will be put through vigorous physical, medical and psychological tests that will help NHL teams rank the players in their draft boards.

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