(This is getting a little scary. If you're scoring at home, the SabresProspects mock has now nailed the Sabres 2nd and 3rd round selections.) After trading the 74th pick to Los Angeles in exchange for #'s 81 and 101, the Sabres addressed another organizational need by adding tough defenseman Corey Fienhage in the third round. A rough customer, Fienhage will drop the gloves and clear a crease. His mindset is very similar to fellow Sabres prospect, Mike Weber. From our Draft Preview:
The wildcard in this spot just might be the athletic Fienhage (pronounced fin-a-gee). At 6'2, 190-lbs, the fleet-footed blueliner will be heading to North Dakota in 2009. An aggressive defender, scouts took notice with his ability to play "big" in a brief USHL stint after his Minnesota HS season ended. A safety on his high school football team, the scrappy right-hander may need another year before entering the NCAA, but his package is something that the Sabres could use more of. Keep your eyes peeled for his name as Draft Combine reports come out.From the NHL Draft site:
NHL Central Scouting's Jack Barzee "Corey is an aggressive and tough player. He's a great skater with a good wrist shot and big shot from the point. He is really aware of his defensive responsibilities, always looking over his shoulder. He's going to be a warrior. He has a little bit of Coyotes' defenseman Ed Jovanovski in him and there won't be too many people who will want to play against him when he gets going." Eastview hockey head coach, Drey Bradley "Corey loves the physical game. He is a very strong skater, has great feet, balance and agility. He was the top defenseman in the Lake conference – the strongest in the defensive zone, especially the corners, and he makes good decisions with the puck."