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Posted: Jun 9 2008, 06:48 PM
Group: Team GM
Member No.: 42
Joined: 12-April 06
With Captain Konstantin Vitalyev earning what is most probably a late-season call-up to the Wings, an early riser in James Kean has brought another scoring force to Grand Rapids.
Sure, Kean (an under-ager) the newest among the Griffins this year with Kari Tukio, only has fifteen points. But he is bringing the intangibles to the table already as an 18 year-old. He has scrapped thrice and won two. He has been in position to fire 127 shots, good for third on the team. He has vaulted himself in the team scouts' eyes as well, moving up from a 23 in offense to a 64, 53 in defensive posture to a 66, and from a 52 overall to 66.
"Leadership and his skating ability are what we are most impressed with," Bob Essensa and Jim Schoenfeld agreed in interviews this week. "He'll most likely get called up before we can make him captain, but if they allow us the chance..."
James Kean was drafted 29th overall in the first round of last year's draft (2011) by the Red Wings and immediately impressed the brass.