Draft Watch: Top junior D this decade wears red, white and blue 

October, 28, 2009

Talking to an experienced amateur scout, I learned something pretty interesting. The little old U.S.A. is producing some hardcore kid defensemen.

Now, I'm not talking about Texas-born Tyler Myers, who's enjoying a heck of a start with the Sabres in Buffalo. He grew up in Western Canada and opted to compete for Team Canada in international competitions.

A more in-depth discussion of Myers will come in time in this space, but right now I'm talking about some kids who will be eligible for the draft in June.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.