Monday, June 30, 2008

Round three of the draft

In the third round of this year's NHL draft the Sabres picked Corey Fienhage with the 81st overall pick. Of all of the players the Sabres drafted after the first round Fienhage may be the most promising.

As a recent high school graduate, it may still be a while until he makes it with the Sabres, but he is on track to get there. Next season he will play in the NCAA at the University of North Dakota. As far as hockey schools go, UND is one of the best in the nation, and is often the favorite to win the frozen four (even if Boston College has a history of beating them).

Current Sabre Drew Stafford attended North Dakota, as did Calder runner up Toews, and Ottawa's young (and very good) defenseman Brian Lee. The current crop of players leaving UND include Ryan Duncan, TJ Oshie. So while going to North Dakota is no guarantee of greatness, the school has a very solid program, and the odds of Corey Fienhage resulting in being a complete player are fairly good. So good in fact that five other players who will be first year players at UND were also drafted this year.

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