U.S. National U-18 - USDP
6'2" 186 lbs. Wing, shoots left
Born: April 9, 1989 in North Oaks, MN
Final Ranking: 22 Mid-Term Ranking: 24 North American Skater
Central Scouting Report: A power forward… has an excellent skating stride and speed… has good puck pursuit… plays tough in the corners and around the net… has a good shot with a quick release… needs to improve his puck handling in traffic and at top speed… needs to make more consistent decisions with the puck.
Hockey Profile: Played for Hill-Murray School in Minnesota in 2005-06, posting 73 points (27-46-73) in 30 games… won a silver medal in 2006 with the U.S. Under-18 Selects at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament in the Czech Republic… will attend the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2007.
Personal Profile: Nickname has always been Hoef… patterns his game after one of his favorite players, Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils because "he is always the hardest worker on the ice and I look up to that"… admires his dad and credits him for having the most influence on his career "because he has always been there for me"…his favorite hockey gift was receiving his first pair of skates from his dad when he was five years old… his pre-game ritual includes making sure he gets 10 minutes of quiet time alone before each game… most memorable hockey game played: defeating White Bear in double overtime at the Minnesota Section Finals in 2005-06 - "we had a packed house and they were our arch rivals. It was a barn burner and a lot of fun"… favorite hockey game watched: Western Conference playoff series between the Edmonton Oilers and the Detroit Red Wings in 2006 - "no one thought the Oilers could win but themselves"… if he could have dinner with any three people he would choose: his idol, Zach Parise, tennis star Roger Federer and Brittany Snow… favorites include: Minnesota Wild and the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL teams), Evgeni Malkin and Zach Parise (NHL players), "the Datsyuk move" (shootout move), Guitar Hero (video game), Matt Damon (actor), The Bourne Identity (movie), Young Teezy (group) and Friends (TV show).
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 U.S Nat'l U-18 USDP 44 16 7 23 28
Western Collage Hockey Profile
Nick was rated 66th in North America by the NHL Central Scouting Service in their final rankings for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft . . . represented the USA at the 2007 Under-18 Four Nations Tournament held in Slovakia February 6-10th . . . selected to participate in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects game 1/17/07 @ Quebec City . . . rated 43rd in North American by NHL Central Scouting the Mid Term Rankings for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft released 1/10/07 . . . rated eighth in the OHL in the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Rankings released on 11/15/06 . . . had his third-career multi-goal game (2) 11/11/06 vs. Sudbury . . . saw a career-high seven-game scoring streak (5-5-10) end 10/9/06 @ Owen Sound . . . had the second multi-goal game (two goals) of his career 10/7/06 @ Barrie.
Named the Otters Rookie of the Year at the Summer Awards Banquet . . . recorded the first two goal game of his career 3/19/06 vs. Guelph . . . played in the 50th game of his OHL career 2/3/06 @ London . . . saw a career-high three-game point scoring streak (0-4-4) end 2/3/06 @ London . . . got his first career two-assist game 1/27/06 @ Guelph . . . dished out his first career assist 11/12/05 vs. Sudbury . . . netted his first career two-goal game 10/26/05 vs. Mississauga . . . scored his first career OHL goal 10/14/05 vs. Brampton . . . made his Otters/OHL debut 9/23/05 @ Sudbury . . . selected by the Otters 30th overall in the 2005 OHL Priority Selection.
D, Cowichan Valley (BCHL, Jr. A)
Selected: 87th (3rd round)
Height/weight: 6-4; 210
Although he was un-rated by Central Scouting, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said the Folsom, Calif., native is an "exceptional skater" with good size and a long reach. "Our scouts were really high on him," Lamoriello said. Had four goals, 10 assists and 63 penalty minutes in 44 games
2006-07 Cowichan Valley Capitals BCHL 44 4 10 14 63
Season & Team Games Goals Assists Points PIMs
06-07 Kitchener Rangers (Playoffs) 9 4 1 5 10
06-07 Kitchener Rangers 37 33 33 66 20
05-06 Toronto St. Michael's Majors 61 13 18 31 16
04-05 Toronto St. Michael's Majors 30 3 3 6 4
Interview with Matt
Left wing, Pelicans Lahti (SM-Liiga)
Ranked: #72 European skater by Central Scouting
Sopanen will turn 20 in October. The big winger (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) has taken time to grow into his body and start applying his skills at the Jr. A level. He graduated to the SM-Liiga this past season, scoring one goal in seven games of limited ice time.
The Finnish winger is not a pure goal scorer but has improved all-around and could interest an NHL team late in the draft, because of big frame and slow, but steady rate of improvement.
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
2004-05 WHL Season Vancouver Giants 1 0 0 0 0 0
2005-06 WHL Season Vancouver Giants 2 0 0 0 0 0
2006-07 WHL Season Swift Current Broncos 61 1 4 5 -15 52
2007 WHL Playoffs Swift Current Broncos 6 1 0 1 0 8
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Edited by Chimaira_Devil_#9, 24 June 2007 - 09:15 AM.