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Scouting the Portland Winter Hawks

by: L.E. BASKOW, The Winter Hawks’ fortunes could rise or fall with goalie Kurtis Mucha, who emerged last season.

Player Age H/W Comment

Forwards

Kyle Bailey 20 6-2, 190 Top returning scorer (53 points); needs to be a leader and special teams star

Matt Betker 17 6-1, 175 A two-way forward who excels on defense and creates offense

Chris Francis 17 5-9, 175 Coach Mike Williamson says he'll need time to adjust

Thomas Frazee 16 6-3, 175 Star material, but has to work on skating faster

Libor Gazdik 18 5-11, 180 Feisty and tenacious at times; dealing with immigration issue

Sasha Golin 18 6-2, 195 Can't fizzle after fast start (see 2005-06); great skills; can he dominate?

Nicholas Hotson 19 6-4, 190 Tough to motivate the big man, but he had a strong camp

Tayler Jordan 16 6-6, 170 Playing time could be scarce for up-and-down winger

Tristan King 16 6-0, 170 Willy: 'Very, very smart and skilled player … strength not developed'

Frazer McLaren 19 6-5, 230 Big fella needs to go to front of net and stay there

Brayden Nargang 18 6-2, 202 Physical play and winning battles earns more playing time

Chip Petrino 16 5-10, 155 Surprising player from Vancouver, Wash.; good speed and skill

Colton Sceviour 17 6-0, 200 Will be key offensive, defensive and special teams player

Viktor Sjodin 18 5-11, 210 Strong work ethic, character and competitiveness; the Swede speaks English well

Defensemen

Lucas Alexiuk 17 6-3, 185 Willy: 'He looks to be a quiet, composed defenseman.'

Ty Ariss 16 6-1, 185 Hurt his wrist, but can be good offensive defenseman

Cameron Cepek 18 6-2, 180 Could be star; needs better foot speed; a vital player

Jordie Fike 19 6-7, 235 Injury-prone big guy could really help with bulk on blue line

Scott Gabriel 18 6-4, 210 Great tools, size; if healthy, could be a top D-man in WHL

Max Gordichuk 20 6-5, 225 Willy: 'Itching to get back … showing great leadership for us'

Stefan Langwieder 19 6-0, 200 Skilled; adds depth; the German speaks English well

Devon Marshall 16 6-4, 200 Big and young, needs to adjust to speed of WHL game

Michael Sauer 19 6-3, 210 Could he be WHL's best?; solid personified; had 31 points last year

Goalies

Dustin Butler 19 6-2, 165 Arrived confident, but needs to show consistency to get playing time

Kurtis Mucha 17 6-1, 170 Willy: 'It'll be a time for him to shine' with team's defense, goaltending emphasis

- Jason Vondersmith