Three Blades head to NHL draft combine
By Daniel Nugent-bowman, The StarPhoenix
May 5, 2012
Three Saskatoon Blades players have been invited to participate in the upcoming NHL draft combine.
Defenceman Dalton Thrower, centre Lukas Sutter and goaltender Andrey Makarov will all be put through the paces in Toronto from May 28 to June 2.
The combine is meant to give each of the 30 NHL clubs an inside look at the top draft-eligible players through interviews and medical and physical testing.
Thrower, a third-year Blade, was eighth in WHL scoring among blueliners with 18 goals and 54 points in 66 games. He played on the shutdown pairing with captain Duncan Siemens and posted 103 penalty minutes and a minus-4 rating. Thrower also was named the team's defenceman of the year.
The North Vancouver native was the 26th-rated skater in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings, released April 9.
Sutter earned 28 goals and 59 points in 70 games, more than doubling his totals from the 2010-11 season. Like Thrower, Sutter also played a two-way role and was awarded the team's defensive forward of the year after posting a plus-15 rating.
The Lethbridge, Alta., product is currently rated 39th by central scouting.
Acquired by the Blades in the 2011 import draft, Makarov was named the team's MVP after going 292111 with a 3.01 goals-against average, a .913 save percentage and a pair of shutouts.
The Kazan, Russia, native also backstopped his country to a silver medal at the world junior championship in January.
Central scouting has rated Makarov as the seventh-best goalie available in the draft.
The 2012 NHL draft goes June 22 and 23 in Pittsburgh.
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