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08-04-2005, 08:17 PM
Found this little scout report on Av's pick Macias:



Raymond Macias, D - Kamloops (WHL)
4th round, 124th overall
6í1, 190
Born: September 18, 1986 in Long Beach, CA

Macias is a savvy offensive-minded defenseman who has a nose for the back of the net. Not only did he see time in all situations last season, his offensive ability and skating led him to see time on both defense and as a right winger for the Blazers. He is a very good and conditioned skater, who possesses great acceleration and overall skill on his feet. He has good hands and is effective moving the puck up ice in most situations. Maciasí overall offensive ability and skating are his big upside, which had him high on Coloradoís list.

In 2003-04, he finished seventh overall in scoring, but his 12 goals and offensive ability as rookie helped earn a spot on the CHL All-Rookie Team, a list that also included the likes of Sidney Crosby and Gilbert Brule. In the summer proceeding the 2004-05 season, the Long Beach, California native was invited to the Los Angeles Kings 2004 Developmental Camp in neighboring El Segundo.

Even though the Blazers didnít turn in a picture perfect season in 2004-05, Macias lead Kamloops in overall scoring with 47 points in 69 games, seeing action both guarding the blue line and on the right wing displaying his offensive versatility. He also participated in the 2005 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Vancouver, B.C. During the skills competition, he was clocked as the third fastest skater. International Scouting Services had him ranked as the third best skater in the 2005 NHL draft behind only Sidney Crosby and Luc Bourdon.

Macias will return to Kamloops of the WHL in the fall.


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