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Pos: Defence
Shoots: L
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 209 lbs.
Born: 02/18/1990
From: Rigaud, QC
Team: Saint John (QMJHL)
TSN: 41
ISS: 53
RLR: 65
McK: 68
THN: 23
Comparable: Robyn Regehr

From TSN: The big, strong, physical blueliner who models his game on Dion Phaneuf's is sometimes too aggressive for his own good, taking himself out of position, but he is most certainly a work in progress. One of his claims to fame is that he fought Steven Stamkos in the CHL Prospects game. He started this season as a projected first rounder but will have to improve his decision-making to get back to that status.

From NHL Central Scouting: Yann is a defenceman who, when he is on, can be one of the best defencemen in all the Quebec League and all of junior hockey. With continued development and maturity, as well as experience on when to dish the puck and when not to dish the puck, projects to be a solid defenceman. He needs to improve on a little bit of poise and calmness with the puck. He is good with the puck but sometimes gives it away too abruptly and it results in turnovers.

Year Team GP G A Pts Pim
2007-2008 Saint John (QMJHL) 69 6 15 21 92
2008 Playoffs Saint John 14 1 2 3 23


Pos: Defence
Shoots: L
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Born: 05/03/1990
From: Nobleton, ON
Team: St. Michael's (OPJHL)
TSN: 42
ISS: 52
RLR: 21
McK: 59
THN: 58
Comparable: Adrian Aucoin

From TSN: Smart and strong, the St. Michael's Buzzer defenceman asserted himself physically at the World Jr. A Challenge and turned a lot of heads with that performance. He needs to continue working on his mobility and agility, especially when defending, but will get a chance to do that at the University of Michigan.

From NHL Central Scouting: He jumps up into the rush well, but needs to improve on his defensive reliability. He played in a really small rink this year and was still able to move the puck quickly and well. Puck-skill wise, he's good, and as he moves up, his decision-making will improve.

Year Team GP G A Pts Pim
2007-2008 St. Michael's (OPJHA) 32 7 17 24 41
2008 Playoffs St. Michael's (OPJHA) 10 2 4 6 8


Pos: Left Wing
Shoots: L
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 198 lbs.
Born: 04/13/1990
From: Kazan, RU
Team: Kazan (RusDi)
TSN: 43
ISS: 17
RLR: 8
McK: 36
THN: 100
Comparable: Andrei Kostitsyn

From TSN: The Russian forward is touted as having first-round talent, but his work ethic fluctuates wildly and there is some real concern about when or if he's interested in playing in the NHL. A regular with Kazan in the Russian Super League, many scouts believe he is too comfortable, financially and otherwise, to expend a first-round pick so he could slide a long way. But if a team thought there's a realistic chance at getting him out at some point, there's no denying he's a first-round talent.

From NHL Central Scouting: Displayed excellent skating and mobility as well as a solid work ethic playing on Russia's (Under-18) top line. He displays toughness in one-on-one situations and delivers smart passes creating a lot of scoring chances. He is also very physically strong.

Year Team GP G A Pts Pim
2007-2008 Kazan (Russia) 47 4 6 10 54


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