June 11, 2004
2004 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Inside College Hockey will profile some of the best NHL Draft-eligible college players between now and when their names will be called, June 26-27 in Raleigh, N.C. Check back often to get the scoop on where you can expect your favorite players to go on draft day.

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2003-04 Statistics: 44 GP, 3-16—19

Central Scouting: 54th among North American skaters
The Hockey News: Not ranked

Background: A late recruit at Maine, he signed with the Black Bears when Francis Nault lost his eligibility last summer. He ended up being one of the top defensemen on the national runner up as a freshman.

Scout's Take: "He’s a bigger guy, and a little bit more of a stay-at-home defenseman. He isn’t as high profile as some of the other college defensemen in the draft, like [A.J.] Thelen, [Wes] O’Neill and [Grant] Lewis.

“He doesn’t make many mistakes, and he’s got size. He improved so much over the course of the year – he’s one of those guys who started nowhere, and went by a lot of other guys over the course of the year.

“Look at the Frozen Four. In the BC game, Maine got two penalties back-to-back and they were two men short for 1:45. BC took a timeout, and everyone’s rested so anyone could come out (although Prestin Ryan was in the penalty box). Out comes Lundin in the most critical defensive situation of the year. Then two days later, with 1:45 left and Maine has to get a goal, he’s out there again. That’s among one of the top two or three teams in the nation, and the most critical defensive and offensive situations of the year. There aren’t many guys around – never mind freshmen – who would be on the ice in both of those situations.”

INCH Projection: Most rankings see him in the third or fourth rounds, but we'd be surprised if he lasts past the third.

"Scout's Take" is Inside College Hockey's exclusive evaluation of the player from one or more NHL scouts. Scouts were granted anonymity in exchange for their candor.

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