The 2012 NHL Entry Draft gets underway on June 22nd at the CONSOL Energy Centre in Pittsburgh. The Guelph Storm have a CHL best eight players in the NHL Central Scouting rankings including Matt Finn, Scott Kosmachuk, Tanner Richard, Brock McGinn, Justin Auger, Zack Mitchell, Patrick Watling and Zach Leslie.
By Fred Poulin, The Hockey Writers – The right wing with the Guelph Storm took huge steps forward this year and had a breakout season, scoring 30 goals and adding 29 assists for 59 points in 67 games, a 38-point increase over his rookie season. The gritty winger also recorded 108 penalty minutes in 2011-12, 85 more PIMs than the year before. The speedy winger can not only drop the gloves and hit hard, he also has a knack for scoring goals as shown by his 30 goals this campaign.
Despite his average size, Kosmachuk is not afraid to drive the net and skate into high traffic areas where he scored the majority of his goals. The hard-working pest is constantly on the fore-check, winning board battles, and getting himself in the middle of the action. A team player, Kosmachuk plays hard every shift with intensity and heart. He plays the game on the edge and is often found in the middle of scrums near the offensive net after the whistle; he is very adept at getting under the opponents’ skin.