Friday, June 22, 2007

Flyers take James vanRiemsdyk

The Philadelphia Flyers selected forward James vanRiemsdyk of Middletown, NJ with the second overall pick in the NHL Draft.

Profile courtesy of the Flyers:

vanRiemsdyk is among the group of players that will most likely be picked in the top five in the upcoming draft. He is ranked third on Central Scouting’s rankings of North American skaters. With his impressive size, vanRiemsdyk is known as a power forward with all of the tools to be successful. He handles the puck well, has a great shot, is a solid skater, and has the ability to play in any situation. He still has a ways to go in his development before he makes the jump to the pros, and will attend the University of New Hampshire this fall.VanRiemsdyk made his U.S. Junior Team debut at the 2007 World Junior Championship where he helped Team USA capture the bronze medal; led his team with 63 points in 42 games in 2006-07; played for the U.S. U-17 NTDP team in 2005-06 totaling 42 points (26G, 16A) in 55 games; won gold with Team USA at the Under-18 IIHF World Championship; helped Team USA to a silver medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he had nine points (5G, 4A) in seven games and was named to the All-Tournament Team; and played 30 games for Christian Brothers Academy and the Brick Hockey Club collecting 60 points (36G, 24A) in 2004-05.

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