Saturday, 5 July 2014

2014 Draft - Who Habs got - Nikolas Koberstein

Nikolas Koberstein - D - 6'2/205 - Olds (AJHL)

The 205th ranked North American skater according to NHL Central Scouting

This season has been an eventful one for Koberstein as he committed to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, participated in the CJHL top prospects game, and was named to the AJHL's South Division All-Rookie Team.  

In total he posted 5 goals, 18 points and 153 penalty minutes in 51 regular season games. Koberstein added 2 assists while logging a ton of minutes along side fellow rookie Chaydan Lauber in 9 playoff games for Olds.

“Koberstein was a guy we went under the radar, we had our fingerprints all over. We spent some time with him after the season, and I think this guy has some good upside and long range projection. He's a great kid, tons of character but he's a good hockey player too. He'll come to our development camp next week and we'll go from there. He's a guy we call a five-year player. He'll go back to Olds, be the captain, be the leader, play there another year and then go to the NCAA. It's a five year potential commitment on him.” - Trevor Timmins (Montreal Canadiens, Director of Amateur Scouting)

"He's an exciting young player and would certainly benefit the Pats back end should he report." - Phil Andrews (Radio voice of Regina Pats) 

"Nikolas has come to our team and stepped right in to a top role for us, he works extremely hard everyday and loves to learn the game." - Brett Hopfe  (Head Coach, Olds Grizzlys)

"With Nik's skill set and work ethic I would not be surprised to see him playing at the professional level when his time with UAF is done."  - Brett Hopfe  (Head Coach, Olds Grizzlys)

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