Red Line is still a fan of Brandon Burlon.
Brandon Burlon rounds out Red Line's top 10 list [of defensemen - ed]. There's not much buzz about him, but we feel he'd be a solid choice anywhere after No. 20. He's got great feet and a mean edge. He's as fundamentally sound in his own end as any defender in the draft, and we think he's got some untapped offensive potential as well.
McKeen's got some of the numbers from the combine and a poster at Hockey's Future posted some of the data. It appears that Mr. Burlon did very well.
Top 5 Push-ups
Brandon Burlon - 49
Kelsey Tessier - 41
Cody Goloubef - 40
Matt Calvert - 39
Brandon McMillan - 38
Top pushing strength (in lbs)
Brandon Burlon - 424
Joel Champagne - 344
Justin Jokinen - 340
Cody Hodgson - 337
Peter Delmas - 328
Top pull strength (in lbs)
Brandon Burlon - 305
Cody Hodgson - 302
John Carlson - 301
Zach Bogosian - 295
Luke Adam - 289
So basically he destroyed everyone at the Combine the same way he's going to destroy Daultan Leveille next year.
TSN also complemented his performance:
Brandon Burlon (ranked 41st and going to the University of Michigan next year) also looked good on the bench and on the bike.
Also, SabresProspects.com listed Greg Pateryn as a potential fifth round pick in their mock draft. They had the following to say about the future Michigan blueliner:
Pateryn is a 6'2, 212-pound righty who will likely play another season of Jr. A with Ohio before bringing his physical style to the University of Michigan in 2009. Big and smart with good offensive instincts, his only question mark could be his knack for taking penalties.
Unfortunately, saying that Pateryn has a knack for penalties is akin to saying Charlie Weis has a knack for eating. He had way too many PIMs this year and, as I pointed out before, a significant amount of those resulted in power plays. He wasn't taking misconducts or coincidentals. That said, the USHL is a big jump from Michigan high school hockey. I'd gamble that if he stays in the USHL for another year, that number will go way down.
Lastly, the Barwis legend continues to spread: Hobey Porter, Chad Kolarik, Matt Hunwick, and Andrew Ebbett are in town working out with Barwis during the offseason. Chocolate milk for all!