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Sunday Extra: Clark on the draftees

NY director, player personnel Gordie Clark: 

On Steven Fogarty: “We really felt he was very underrated in the draft, he is one of the most natural passers out here (in Minnesota). He just grew an inch and a half from the end of the year until now. He’s a big boy…we believe he’s the top guy in Minnesota. Skating is not bad, I want it to be better, but the kid works so hard that’s gonna be coming.”

On centers: Center is a spot we had to fill…JT Miller (played some wing). Does he line up at center sometimes? It really doesn’t matter for me because he plays the game like a center, that just seems to be a trend. We do it on our own team, we have Dubinsky on the wing sometimes.

Shane McColgan: He’s a very skilled smaller player, you have to have speed, you have to have some skill and you have to have a little bit of an attitude, and he’s got all three

On defenseman Peter Ceresnak (pick 172, acquired in trade with Nashville for sixth rounder in 2012)….Our European guys called me before February. I had already seen him in the World Junior (Championships), In Slovakia, they do it a little different. They have their under-20 team play in the Slovak league. They were playing against men, so they won only four or five games all year, but I went over and this guy can handle himself against men. He’s 6-3, pretty sure going to go in the European draft for juniors, he was pretty sure he was going to come over.”

On draft strategy: We started with only the first, fourth and two fifths. We had our first rounder in Erixon. If we didn’t do that, we would have tried to move up with the 2 seconds.”

Samuel Noreau: “He’s made great strides. He’s s 6-5 and really tough. Feel can he think the game, Does he have the skating? That’s going to get better.”

Michael St. Croix: “His numbers match up with almost everyone of the skill guys in the draft in any junior league. (His father was NHL goaltender Rick St. Croix.) I know he’s going to have to learn the minor league game.”

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