Thursday, May 6, 2010

USHL Draft Coverage- Sean Flynn

I have been contacted by to write up some profiles on players that may be drafted into the USHL this year in the USHL Entry Draft. I will be writing a profile almost every day leading up to the draft beginning with forwards, then on to defensemen, and finishing with goaltenders. These are in no particular order, as the Entry Draft is hard to predict. I haven't seen these players play either, so if you have seen them play and have something to add, please do. Enjoy!

Sean Flynn (Carolina Jr. Hurricanes) will continue the coverage of defenseman here. Flynn, unlike some of the other players I have written about, Flynn plays midget minor hockey, which isn't the highest level of play, but it's still good enough to make the transition into the USHL. Also helping Flynn's case is that he plays in the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), which is very good competition for junior players. Flynn has average height, 5'11", but has a big frame, weighing 185 lbs., which would definitely help with his physical game. Offensively, Flynn can help with your powerplay, gaining 3 assists on the powerplay this year, but I believe he tools his game to play a more defensively skilled game. In 20 games this past season, Flynn had only 8 points, with only 1 being a goal, and the other 7 were assists. Flynn did produce nicely in this past year's NAPHL Playoffs, getting 2 points in 4 games for the Jr. Hurricanes. Flynn also has the added bonus of being very disciplined which is a rarity in defensemen at this level of hockey. In the 20 games this year, Flynn only had 4 penalty minutes. I would compare him to Lincoln Stars defenseman Cory Hibbeler in the way that he can be a shut down defenseman and the way both players can make plays in any way possible. Even with his age, Flynn has the numbers necessary to make it in the USHL. Keep an eye out for Sean Flynn, he could be your team's next young star defenseman.

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