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College/Major Junior Free Agents 2013 Thread

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Seen on tsn that a d-man is 6'8..............We Should Try To Sign Him and Danny DeKeyser.

And Bob Mackenzie said a center man which is 6'6 is intersted to sign with canucks......but i forget his name.

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Chris Tanev is proof of some of the diamonds in the rough that exist in colleges. I hope the Canucks continue to have strong scouting at that level so they can pick up more Tanevs. With no high first round picks available to us, it's all that much more important that we find the next generation of our team from colleges.

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Kellen Lain, Andrej Sustr, and Danny Dekeyser please

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The player the Canucks had had interest in earlier this year is Antoine Laganiere, a RW from Yale. Gillis had gone by to see one of his games (along with one of our current prospects, Matt Beattie) on the trip where he was spotted watching the Capitals game.

Antoine Laganiere, RW

Senior, Yale University

Among the group of available free agent forwards this season, none has garnered as much NHL interest as Yale senior Antoine Laganiere. At least a dozen teams are vying for the Ile Cadieux, QC native’s services. Among the teams pursuing Laganiere is the Vancouver Canucks, whose prospect camp he attended in 2011. The Edmonton Oilers and the Pittsburgh Penguins are also among those showing interest. The senior winger attended both teams’ prospect camps last summer. Laganiere is currently third on the Bulldogs roster with 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 29 games to date. He co-leads Yale with two game-winners and ranks second with six power-play goals.

Laganiere is a 6’4”, 197-pound power forward who uses his frame exceedingly well in creating space and opportunities. Where this is particularly noticeable is in his strong play in the dirty areas, an attribute that has made scouts take notice, as well. Laganiere takes full advantage of his size, reach and tremendous strength in maintaining both puck control and his positioning. He is not one to shy away from the physical aspects of the game. He can deliver solid checks and is aggressive on the forecheck. He is also a competitor. One notable improvement Laganiere has made since arriving at Yale is in his skating. He is an excellent skater with great mobility and skates with long, powerful strides. His added strength has greatly enhanced his speed and agility. Laganiere possesses great hands and a blisteringly hard shot. He can make nice, crisp passes, and along with his outstanding vision, can utilize open spaces quite effectively. He also has great finishing ability. One of Laganiere’s best assets is his stick, which he uses equally well in both offensive and defensive situations.

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For the post about the 6'8" D-man (and he's right handed):

Andrej Sustr, D

Junior, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Along with Western Michigan’s Dan DeKeyser, Nebraska-Omaha rearguard Andrej Sustr is the hottest commodity on the collegiate free agent market this season. The 6’8”, 225-pound native of Plzen, Czech Republic has had the attention of NHL scouts from almost the moment he arrived in Omaha nearly three years ago. But when his skill set began to catch up with his enormous size last season, interest in Sustr skyrocketed. There are now at least 20 teams hoping to land the prized junior defenseman. Among the teams showing strong interest are the Detroit Red Wings, the Los Angeles Kings, the Ottawa Senators, and the Vancouver Canucks. The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning, whose prospect camps Sustr attended last summer, are also in the mix. Sustr currently leads the Mavericks in defensive scoring with 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in 34 games to date. Sustr has played nearly the entire season alongside 6’6” sophomore Jaycob Megna (ANA), comprising the nation’s biggest defensive tandem.

While his gigantic frame is certainly one attribute that NHL teams like about Sustr, what has impressed them even more is how effectively he uses it. Sustr takes full advantage of his size, strength and wingspan in moving opposing players off pucks and taking away their time and space. He has good gap control and does an excellent job in containment, as well. Sustr is also a player that doesn’t shy away from playing the body, showing that he can dish out some of the most punishing hits in college hockey. Two of Sustr’s best assets are his stick and his shot. He uses his excellent stick work exceedingly well at both ends of the ice, whether it is in creating turnovers or distributing the puck. His cannon-like shot has improved in both accuracy and velocity over the course of his collegiate career. Another area where Sustr has really developed is his skating. He’s not the prettiest skater, but he moves remarkably well for such a big man. Sustr has also shown marked improvement in his agility and balance.

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Id be more than happy having any one of those kids on this team. Ill be stoked to see some sizeable players on Vancouver.

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Aquillini should pin it to Nebraska and buy that 6'8 Czech kid a Ferrari right now.

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That Shayne Taker kid sounds interesting, someone I would like.

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Posted this in the Lain rumour thread:

News from this morning:

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TSNBobMcKenzie

No surprise, but Andrej Sustr, 6-foot-8 Univ of Nebraska-Omaha junior dman (UFA), has officially decided to leave school/field NHL offers.

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News on Laganier:

News1130Sports

#Yale forward Antoine Laganiere will pick his NHL team at the end of the month after the NCAA Championships.

Laganiere tells CKWX that the #Canucks are 1 of the teams in the mix to land his services.

Laganiere says the Canucks are a very viable option for him - enjoyed his Canucks training camp 2 years ago.

Laganiere appreciated the fact Mike Gillis and Lawrence Gillman went to see him play - had a short chat with the two after the game.

1st Kellan Lain - if the Canucks land the 6-4 and 215 pound Laganiere - would be a good U-S recruiting month.

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TSNBobMcKenzie

College UFA 6-foot-8 D Andrej Sustr will cull list of 20 to 25 interested NHL teams tomorrow and Friday, likely to sign by weekend.

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Giving this one a bump as Yale could be out if they lose their next game:

News1130Sports

If Yale loses this weekend - forward Antoine Laganiere will select a NHL team quickly.

Laganeire's advisor Phillippe Lecavalier says the #Canucks are big time in the mix for his client.

Lecavalier says the #Canucks have watched his client closely the last 2 years.

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