PENGUINS ADD SNEEP, STRAIT, JOHNSON AND SEPPANEN AT DRAFT
Round 2 (32nd overall)
Brainerd High School, Minnesota
Defense, shoots right
6-4, 210 pounds
Born: Nov. 5, 1987 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Red Line Report says: Low level of competition, but high level of talent.
Central Scouting report on Carl Sneep: Is a strong skater with a smooth stride who has very good straightaway speed and is light on his feet...can stickhandle and skate himself into the clear and possesses excellent wrist and slap shots...passes are crisp and on the tape and he likes the playmaking role always looking to set up teammates for good scoring chances when on the power play...has confidence and poise when carrying the puck into traffic and is smart in his positional play and does not run around...a solid penalty killer - plays in all game situations and frequently is double shifted...with excellent size and strength he has a physical presence and can be a dominant force when taking his man out on the play...blocks shots, protects the puck with his body well when being forechecked...protects his goaltender and partner well...is an excellent athlete who comes to play every game...joined Lincoln of the USHL after his high school season ended...will attend Boston College in the fall of 2006.
Personal profile: Nickname is Sneeper...favorite NHL team is the Minnesota Wild...wears jersey number 23 because it was chosen for him...the greatest influence on his career has come from his parents, because "they help keep me focused on training and always support me"...patterns his game after Colorado's Rob Blake because "I have similar size and skills"...outside of sports, he most admires his English teacher Joe Cloutier because "he gives me great advice and has a good understanding of life"...most memorable hockey game watched was Game 7 of the 2003 playoffs between Minnesota and Colorado, when the Wild was down 3-1 in the second series in a row and won again...favorites include: That 70s Show (TV show), Gladiator (movie), Brad Pitt (actor) and Led Zeppelin (band)...if he could have dinner with any three people, would invite: Lance Armstrong - "greatest athlete, inspiration, overcomes any obstacles," Wayne Gretzky - "he is the greatest hockey player of all time," and Albert Einstein - "it would be pretty interesting to eat dinner with a man of his genius."
Round 3 (65th overall)
U.S. National Under-18 Developmental Team
Defense, shoots left
6-0, 200 pounds
Born: Jan. 4, 1988 in Boston, Massachusetts
Red Line Report says: Steady on ice, great character and leader off ice.
Central Scouting report on Brian Strait: A very good skater with good speed, a strong powerful stride, excellent balance and agility...effortless in his lateral movement...handles the puck with confidence making the first outlet pass quickly and on the tape...uses the boards to his advantage, moving the puck to breaking forwards...has a hard accurate low shot from the point...is effective at keeping the puck in the offensive zone along the blue line....a sound positional player in his own end both in the corners and in front of the net...sees the ice well - has very good hockey sense and is used in all game situations...is an aggressive player who plays within the rules, finishing his checks with authority - a clean but punishing open ice hitter that opponents are always aware of in the neutral zone...is physical in front of the net with his coverage - uses his stick low on his opponent to gain an advantage and never hesitates to go into the corners first on dump-ins...team captain - will take a hit to protect the puck, blocks shots, leads by example and is well respected by his teammates and coaches for his leadership on the ice...continues to be more confident with his offensive skills and continues to get stronger in his upper body...will attend Boston University in the fall of 2006...was a member of the U.S. Under-17 team in 2004-05.
Personal profile: Nickname is Straiter...favorite team is the Boston Bruins...favorite player is Buffalo's Chris Drury...wears No. 7 because he always has...says that his father has been the most influential person in his career and he is a "blue collar guy that has provided a good living for his family, and taught me you need to work hard if you're going to make it"...patterns his style of play after Carolina's Bret Hedican for being "simple, smart and a good skater"...outside of sports, he most admires Travis Roy, who used to play for Boston University and is now paralyzed - "he is an optimist and believes that people have it a lot worse"...most memorable game played was a game vs. Team Ontario in the Under-17 World challenge...most memorable hockey game watched was Game 6 of the 1999 Stanley Cup Final when Dallas' Brett Hull won it in overtime, and "I remember wishing that maybe someday I can be there"...favorites include: The Chappelle Show (TV show), Boondock Saints (movie), Will Smith (actor), Dave Matthews or Kenny Chesney (musicians)...if he could have dinner with three people, they would be Chris Drury, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, because "they are my favorite athletes and I would be able to hear the different ways they made it to the show and hopefully get some good advice."
Round 4 (116th overall)
Traded pick to Florida for the Panthers' fourth-round pick in 2007 on June 24, 2006.
Round 5 (125th overall)
Goaltender, catches left
6-2, 183 pounds
Born: June 10, 1986 in Calgary, Alberta
Prior to Alaska-Fairbanks ...played his second season for the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. In the 2004-2005 regular season Johnson played in 43 games for a 25-16-2 record with a 2.61 GAA and .923 save percentage which was the fifth lowest save percentage in AJHL history. He was named Brooks' regular season and playoff MVP. He also earned First Team South Division All League honors and the Stewy Stewart Memorial Trophy awarded to the AJHL South Division player who exhibits the best character, dedication, perseverance, integrity and sportsmanship.
In the 2003-2004 season Johnson played in 31 games and had a 3.94 GAA and .898 save percentage. He finished second on the team in Source for Sports Cup Three-Stars points and played for the South Team in the 2004 AJHL Prospects game stopping all 16 shots in 30:50. He played the 2002-2003 season for the Calgary Buffaloes in the AMHL finishing with an 8-8-2 record with a 3.25 GAA and .909 save percentage. Johnson was a 6th round pick of Medicine Hat in the 2001 WHL Bantam Draft.
Personal ... son of Terry and Karen Johnson ... siblings Curtis and Ashley ... enjoys working out, video games, baseball, and football ... born June 10, 1986.
Round 6 (155th overall)
Selection traded to Florida for Eric Cairns on Jan. 18, 2006
Round 7 (185th overall)
IFK Helsinki Jr.
Defense, shoots left
6-1, 209 pounds
Born: July 22, 1987 in Helsinki, Finland
Central Scouting report on Timo Seppanen: Good skater with good puck skills...likes to play a simple game avoiding mistakes...above average hockey sense...has good offensive instincts including a quick release wrist shot...likes to shoot a lot...has good hands...a good, hard working competitor who has improved a lot during the 2005-06 season...played on Finnish team at 2006 World Junior Championships.