August 02, 2005

67s In The 2005 NHL Entry Draft ... Or Should We Say The 2005 San Jose Entry Draft

Well, it was San Jose all the way. Which is not so surprising when you consider San Jose's GM Doug Wilson, and his relationship with Killer. (San Jose also selected Lukas Kaspar 22nd, 1st Round in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.)

Derek Joslin went #149 (5th Round) to the San Jose Sharks. Position is interesting in light of the great scouting reports we heard throughout the season. From SJ's site:

With the 149th overall selection, the Sharks selected defenseman Derek Joslin of the Ottawa 67’s in the Ontario Hockey League. Joslin posted 30 points (six goals, 24 assists) in 68 games with Ottawa, the second-highest scoring defenseman on the team, behind fellow Sharks draft selection William Colbert (6th round, 183rd overall).

“We watched him for a couple of years,” said Burke. “He has a lot to his game and we feel he can add to it with our coaches.”

And Will Colbert, who had been previously selected by the Ottawa Senators, was also selected by San Jose, #183 (6th Round). From SJ's site:

In the sixth round at 183rd overall, the Sharks selected defenseman William Colbert from the Ottawa 67s (OHL). Colbert scored 32 points (six goals, 26 assists) and 65 penalty minutes in 68 games last season. Colbert, a 2003 seventh round selection (228th overall) of the Ottawa Senators, led all Ottawa 67’s defensemen in scoring last season.

“Colbert was a kid the Senators didn’t sign and we feel he has improved,” said Burke.

And Battochio was not selected. Most likely due to his history of injury, along with his walk-on vs invite status. Good news for the 67s next year possibly.

The 67s' first pick in the Import Draft, Jakub Vojta, went #94 (4th Round) to the Carolina Hurricanes. From Carolina's site:
In the fourth round, Carolina selected defenseman Jakub Vojta with the 94th overall selection. Vojta played in 38 games with Sparta of the Czech junior league in 2004-05, scoring two goals and adding seven assists (9 points).
67s fans discuss the draft and implications here and here.

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