ATTACKING IN DROVES
Owen Sound had six players drafted in 2017. Here’s who followed Suzuki
1. JONAH GADJOVICH VANCOUVER (55TH)
A power forward who played on Suzuki’s left wing, Gadjovich saw his production triple year over year, netting 74 points for the Attack. The Canucks pick is strong and plays a heavy game. Don’t be surprised if he hits 50 goals this season after flirting with the mark last year.
2. MAKSIM SUSHKO PHILADELPHIA (107TH)
The Belarussian import played on a depth line as a rookie, so his offensive totals were modest. But Sushko’s speed and quick mind made him a threat on both the power play and penalty kill. With veterans aging out, look for him to get more opportunities while he improves his play away from the puck.
3. MARKUS PHILLIPS LOS ANGELES (118TH)
Phillips, a two-way defenseman who put up some pretty decent offensive numbers, is a sturdy player who isn’t flashy. Instead, he uses his mobility and hockey IQ to defend, and he has been very effective.
4. TRENTON BOURQUE ST. LOUIS (175TH)
A mobile defenseman who came on during the playoffs, Bourque is still trying to find offense in his game. He makes a good first pass, and his transition game is improving, plus he’s positionally sound.
5. PETRUS PALMU VANCOUVER (181ST)
The dazzling and diminutive Finn nearly cracked 100 points in his third season with Owen Sound, earning a draft slot in the process. At 5-foot-6, his skills are his ticket.