Those are just some of the words that have been used to describe Moose Jaw Warrior Joel Edmundson leading into today's 2011 NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota.
The Warriors blueliner came out of nowhere last year during his rookie year and caught scouts eyes which saw him climbed up the Central Scouting rankings.
The Brandon product says he feels he has qualities that NHL teams will want. "I think my physical play and the fact that I can fight will help me out a lot. Also my potential, because I was a first year player and I improved this much."
After the Warriors season ended in April, Edmundson didn't take a break, spending countless hours in the gym trying to get bigger, faster, stronger. He also attended the NHL Combine, which was used by teams to evaluate prospects for the draft.
Edmundson says he's worked to get to this point. "A few years ago I was just one of the average players. I just worked hard and did what I had to do to get me this far. I know I'll just keep on working hard to try and get to the next level."
When the Warrior blueliner hears his named get called either Friday or Saturday, he knows that that's when the hard work really starts. "I know I won't be moving up to the next level for a few years. I know I need to put on a few pounds and work on parts of my game. I know there's a lot of work to be done, and I'm willing to do that."
Edmundson says he's talked with several teams, and has been told that he could get drafted somewhere from 20 to 60. TSN's Bob McKenzie has Edmundson at 47 in his final rankings, which has him going in the middle of the second round.
The Edmonton Oilers own the first overall pick, and without confirming it, have given every indication that they will select Red Deer forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
James Gallo spoke with Edmundson before he left for Minnesota and the 2011 NHL Entry Draft
In other NHL News...
The Philadelphia Flyers made two huge pre-draft trades Thursday. They sent captain Mike Richards to Los Angeles for Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, and a second round pick. There second trade of the day saw them move Jeff Carter to Columbus for forward Jake Voracek and a first and third round pick. The trades cleared salary cap space to sign goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine year contract.
Long time Calgary Flame Robyn Regehr has been asked by the team to waive his no-move clause and accept a trade to the Buffalo Sabres. The 31 year old has two years remaining on his contract that has a cap hit of $4.02 million each year. Regehr, a former Kamloops Blazer, has been with Calgary since 1999, and was originally drafted by Colorado in 1998.
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