Friday, 24 June 2011

Boes Happy to be on NHL Radar

Brandon Wheat Kings' goaltender Corbin Boes isn't getting his hopes too high or too low heading into the NHL Draft this weekend.

The 18-year old Saskatoon product went from being off the radar when the mid-term Central Scouting Service rankings were released in January, to being the 20th rated goaltender in North American in the final rankings in April.

Boes says he's simply proud to be in a position where he's in the conversation on draft day.

"It's definitely pretty exciting, especially considering that going into training camp last year that I'd be in the position I'm in right now," says Boes, who started five of Brandon's six playoff games last spring, "I'm obviously proud to just be in this position and if anything happens in my favour, it would be a dream come true."

Boes had a 3.44 goals against average and .888 save percentage in 33 regular season appearances for the Wheat Kings, compiling a 10-12-7 record in the process.

The 6-foot-2, 196 pound Boes is likely a long shot to hear his name called this weekend but, if he does, it'll be a dream come true.

"It's something every little kid growing up dreams of, getting drafted by the NHL," adds Boes, "I probably wouldn't even be able to describe what a good feeling it would be."

Considering the NHL's reliance on big-framed netminders, don't be surprised to see one team take on a chance on Boes with a late round pick on Saturday.

Chaff...Boes will have more than the NHL Draft on his mind this weekend. He's also trying out for the Saskatchewan provincial ball hockey team that will compete at Nationals in his hometown of Saskatoon from July 28-31.

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