When center Aaron Huglen pulled off a lacrosse-style goal for Team USA at the summer’s Hlinka-Gretzky tournament, he put his considerable skill set on display in front of the entire hockey world.
And while scouts marvel at the way the 2019 draft prospect can pull off moves like Pavel Datsyuk, the hands are no fluke, according to his coach with the Roseau Rams high school team in Minnesota. “Natural skill? Sure,” said Andy Lundbohm, who is also a math teacher at Roseau. “But he has spent his whole life honing his skills on the North Rink. His work ethic is tremendous, and his ability to create space is tremendous. He finishes, he sees the ice, and he has put this team on his back.”
The North Rink is one of three indoor arenas in Roseau, a town of just 2,700 people. The river that runs thr...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.