AT­TACK­ING IN DROVES

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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.

JONAH GADJOVICH

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