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Schwartz on a fast lane to Nashville

Nashville Predators top pick in 2010, Jaden Schwartz, 24th overall selection, seems to be on the fast lane in his progression to the big league. The 18 year old prospect is already sporting 18 points in only 12 games, divided evenly between goals and assists to lead the Colorado College WCHA's team in points. The freshman is 6th in the whole NCAA in scoring and only one point behind 21 years old Mark Zengerle, the top scoring freshman in the NCAA.

At Colorado College, Schwartz is said to be just as good as advertised. "He's just smart, strong on his stick, unselfish and is a team guy who just goes about his business, " Colorado College coach Scott Owens said. "We're very, very pleased to have him."

There is also another young player drafted in 2010 who is already making a big name for himself. Justin Faulk, playing for Minnesota-Duluth, has put up already 11 points in his first 14 games. He ranks amongst the NCAA's best freshmen at defense and should be selected for the upcoming world junior championships. The Nashville Predators picked him at 55th in 2010.

Amongst the other second round pick selections, Beau Bennett has found the step is high from the BCHL. He has not found his scoring touch yet and has recorded only six points through the first 14 games for Denver University. Asked about the fellow freshman performance, Jaden Schwartz had good words: "With Beau Bennett, he's an unbelievable player, his hands, his smarts. Some guys, it's a bit of an adjustment and coming from the BCHL, it's a huge jump to college hockey. But you know he's going to produce a buch of points pretty soon."

The Nashville Predators are also quite happy with the 2009 first round selections start of the season. Jordan Caron looks to be a fine young future power forward while Dylan Olsen, Justin Faulk's partner on UMD's Bulldogs, is blossoming offensively.