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Top 30 European NHL prospects

Wednesday, 06.21.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Top 30 European NHL prospects
With the 2006 NHL Entry Draft coming up on June 24 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, B.C., BostonBruins.com has jumped into our yearly draft coverage. In this segment, we take a look at the Top 30 European NHL prospects.

TOP 25 EUROPEAN SKATERS

NICKLAS BACKSTROM
Brynas • Sweden
6’ 0”, 183 lbs. Center, shoots left
Born: November 23, 1987 in Gavle, Sweden
Final Ranking: 1 • Mid-Term Ranking: 2 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: A mobile good skater with acceleration, speed and balance ... incredible hockey sense and hands ... a solid all around player with terrific over-all skill level ... good offensive talent, excellent playmaker and passer ... a natural scorer with a quick release and a good selection of shots ... smooth hands ... effective at face-offs ... a creative offensive talent with excellent work ethic ... finesse player who can play tough, can take and give a hit ... has a very good attitude, comes out to play on every shift ... in excellent shape but does need more strength ... could improve on first step quickness ... played both junior and senior hockey with Brynas in 2004-05 ... named best forward on Brynas in the Swedish league in 2005-06 ... named best forward on Swedish Under-20 at World Junior Championships ... named rookie of the year in the Swedish league 2005-06.


MICHAEL FROLIK
Kladno • Czech.
6’ 1”, 185 lbs. Center/Wing, shoots left
Born: February 17, 1988 in Kladno, Czech Republic
Final Ranking: 2 • Mid-Term Ranking: 1 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: Excellent skater with acceleration, speed and good balance ... loaded with skills ... a finesse player with all the moves needed ... has excellent hands, hockey sense and is a very good playmaker and passer ... reads the game extremely well ... has a good selection of shots but often prefers to pass instead of shooting ... has all the tools needed to become a very good player ... works hard in all zones – a very good competitor ... plays with confidence ... needs to improve physical game and strength.


JIRI TLUSTY
Kladno • Czech
6’0”, 196 lbs. Center/Wing, shoots left
Born: March 16, 1988 in Slany, Czech Republic
Final Ranking: 3 • Mid-Term Ranking: 3 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: Excellent, fast, mobile skater ... strong on his skates ... outstanding acceleration speed ... excellent over-all skill level ... has soft, good hands – a very good puck handler ... likes to go direct for the net ... hard to stop ... has a hard shot – likes to shoot a lot ... a sniper who can score in many ways ... a future All-Star player ... hard working competitor who does not shy away from the physical part of the game ... very good winning attitude ... plays with intensity and is aggressive on the ice ... needs improvement on positional and defensive game ... improved a lot during the season ... captain of Czech Under-18 team.


YURI ALEXANDROV
Cherepovets • Russia
6’0”, 185 lbs. Defense, shoots left
Born: June 24, 1988 in Cherepovets, Russia
Final Ranking: 4 • Mid-Term Ranking: 5 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: A solid, good skater ... moves well in all directions ... a steady player who likes to play a simple, risk-free game ... has fine hockey sense – plays his position very well ... has a good shot from the blueline ... likes to join the offensive rush and does have some offensive instincts ... a fair passer – gets the puck out quickly from the defensive zone ... has a good understanding of the game, smart ... difficult to beat one-on-one ... has a good attitude – works hard and can play physical ... a very good work ethic ... needs to improve his first step quickness ... played regular with Cherepovets in the Russian league in 2005-06 ... a key player and captain of Russian Under-18 team.


TOMAS KANA
Vitkovice • Czech
6’ 0”, 202 lbs. Center, shoots right
Born: November 29, 1987 in Opava, Czech Republic
Final Ranking: 5 • Mid-Term Ranking: 4 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: Mobile hard working skater who likes to go straight for the net ... fine acceleration speed ... very good overall skill level ... creates scoring chances with surprising moves in the offensive zone ... good forechecker ... good with the puck ...has very good hockey sense and offensive instincts ...a good passer and playmaker, he is effective on the power-play ... gritty – likes to hit and to play physical ... has a very good attitude – works hard every night ... can play both the wing and center ... member of Czech team at 2006 World Junior Championships.


ARTEM ANISIMOV
Yaroslavl 2 • Russia-3
6’3”, 187 lbs. Center, shoots left
Born: May 24, 1988 in Yaroslavl, Russia
Final Ranking: 6 • Mid-Term Ranking: 6 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: A solid, good skater with deceptive moves ... moves well for a player of his size ... has good tools but needs to improve his over-all skill level ... a good puck handler ... a very good playmaker and passer with good vision ... has a quick shot ... a solid two-way player who understands his defensive duties ... works hard – a good competitor ... not overly physical – a finesse player.


ALEXANDER VASYUNOV
Yaroslavl 2 • Russia-3
6’0”, 189 lbs. Left Wing, shoots right
Born: April 22, 1988 in Yaroslavl, Russia
Final Ranking: 7 • Mid-Term Ranking: 9 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: Outstanding speedy skater with excellent acceleration ... an offensive minded player with great skills ... can use his quick surprising moves to make open space in the offensive zone ... dangerous around the net ... has good hands ... a fine stickhandler ... has tons of talent ... a finesse player who is inconsistent ... a good competitor – when he wants to ...needs to improve defensive game ... selected “best forward” at the Under-18 Five Nations tournament in February.


PATRIK BERGLUND
Vasteras Jr. • Sweden Jr.
6’ 4”, 187 lbs. Center, shoots left
Born: June 2, 1988 in Vasteras, Sweden
Final Ranking: 8 • Mid-Term Ranking: 10 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: Huge forward ... a good skater who could still use some first step quickness ... moves well for his size ... creative, cool playmaker with a good understanding of the game ... fine over-all skill level ... has smooth hands – good, quick wrist shot ... effective two-way forward who has improved a lot during the 2005 - 06 season ... looks composed ... creates a lot of scoring chances ... with his long reach he protects the puck very well ... excellent size ... will improve his over-all game when he gets more strength ... has changed his attitude and is now a good, hard working competitor with great offensive instincts ... can play physical and aggressive when needed ... could add some grit and intensity to his game ... started the season with Vasteras junior team but was quickly promoted to the senior team ... a key forward on Swedish Under-18 teams.


ANDREI POPOV
Chelyabinsk • Russia-2
6’ 0”, 187 lbs. Right Wing, shoots left
Born: July 15, 1988 in Cheljabinsk, Russia
Final Ranking: 9 • Mid-Term Ranking: 20 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: A good skater with fine balance ... has talent and skills but is not always involved in the game ... has soft hands – good with the puck ... can create scoring chances ... has good offensive instincts but needs to improve his defensive game ... has a good, heavy shot.


JONAS AHNELOV
Frolunda Jr. • Sweden Jr.
6’3”, 205 lbs. Defense, shoots left
Born: December 11, 1988 in Huddinge, Sweden
Final Ranking: 10 • Mid-Term Ranking: 8 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: Big and very strong on his skates ... a good skater with speed and balance ... likes to play aggressive and hit at all times ... a physical, strong defenseman with excellent timing in his hits ... moves the puck well and is a fair passer ... not overly creative in the offensive part of the game ... above average skill level ...in excellent shape ... can play gritty when clearing players in front of the net ... shows good decision making in the defensive zone ... an excellent competitor ... very good team player ...likes to play physical ... positional play needs improvement ... moved from Huddinge in the minor league to Frolunda this season ... a regular on Frolunda Under- 20 team ...played some games with Frolunda in the Swedish elite league this season.


VLADIMIR ZHARKOV
CSKA 2 • Russia-3
6’0”, 187 lbs. Right wing, shoots left
Born: January 10, 1988 in Elektrostal, Russia
Final Ranking: 11 • Mid-Term Ranking: 7 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: Excellent speedy skater with acceleration and balance ... able to put in an extra gear even at full speed ... high over-all skill level and can use his skills also at top speed ... soft hands, good understanding of the game ... good puckhandler ... fine playmaker who can also score ... has a good selection of shots ... plays aggressive and with intensity – when he is in the mood ... needs to work on defensive game.


DAVID KVETON
Vsetin • Czech
5’ 11”, 180 lbs. Right Wing, shoots left
Born: January 3, 1988 in Novy Jicin, Czech Republic
Final Ranking: 12 • Mid-Term Ranking: 23 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: Good skater with acceleration, quickness and balance ... soft hands – controls the puck very well ... a smart player with very good vision ... a very creative offensive minded player ... has a good reach ... very good overall skill level ... a finesse type of player ... could be more aggressive.


TIMO SEPPANEN
IFK Jr. • Finland Jr.
6’1”, 209 lbs. Defense, shoots left
Born: July 22, 1987 in Helsinki, Finland
Final Ranking: 13 • Mid-Term Ranking: 37 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: Good skater with good puck skills ... likes to play a simple game avoiding mistakes ... above average hockey sense ... has good offensive instincts including a quick release wrist shot ... likes to shoot a lot ... has good hands ... a good, hard working competitor who has improved a lot during the 2005-06 season ... played on Finnish team at 2006 World Junior Championships.


DENNIS PERSSON
Vasteras Jr. • Sweden Jr.
6’ 1”, 181 lbs. Defense, shoots left
Born: June 2, 1988 in Nykoping, Sweden
Final Ranking: 14 • Mid-Term Ranking: 15 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: Good skater with good offensive instincts ... likes to join the offensive rush ... sees the ice very well – finds his forwards with long first passes ... good over all skill level ... reads the game very well ... can carry the puck out of danger ... a mature, solid players ... has a good shot from the blueline ... a good team player who works hard ... has a good attitude – wants to improve his overall game.


VALERY ZHUKOV
Nizhny Novgorod • Russia-2
6’2”, 191 lbs. Defense, shoots left
Born: February 8, 1988 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Final Ranking: 15 • Mid-Term Ranking: 14 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: Above average skater who could use some first step quickness ... fair over-all skill level ... good hands, fair stickhandler ... likes to join the offensive rush and has a hard, low shot from the blue line ... strong and effective in front of the net and along the boards where he can use his size ... a good, hard working competitor ... likes to play a physical game.


IGOR MUSATOV
Spartak 2 • Russia-3
6’ 1”, 180 lbs. Left Wing, shoots right
Born: September 23, 1987 in Moscow, Russia
Final Ranking: 16 • Mid-Term Ranking: 36 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: Good mobile skater with fair speed and acceleration ... a skilled winger with good offensive instincts ... a very good passer and playmaker ... has soft hands, good hockey sense ... a good competitor – strong and in excellent shape ... a finesse type of player.


DAVID RUZICKA
Kladno Jr. • Czech Jr.
6’3”, 178 lbs. Defense, shoots left
Born: March 8, 1988 in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic
Final Ranking: 17 • Mid-Term Ranking: 13 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: Average skater who plays with passion and a big heart ... has a good reach ... effective in the defensive zone ... has improved his skating and offensive game during the 2005-06 season ... a raw talent with some tools including size, great attitude and a good shot ... will be more effective when he gets some more muscle and strength ... good team player who plays aggressive and physical ... blocks shots ... works hard on every shift.


JESSE JOENSUU
Assat • Finland
6’ 4”, 207 lbs. Wing, shoots left
Born: October 5, 1987 in Pori, Finland
Final Ranking: 18 • Mid-Term Ranking: 16 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: Has good hands and is good with the puck ... good passer and playmaker ... as a big man, he is at his best winning battles along the boards and in the corners ... power-forward with a good shot ... can play physical but does need more physical strength ... could turn out to become an effective power-forward – if he can improve his over all game and speed ... captain of the Finnish team at World Junior Under-18 Championships ... played on Team Finland at 2006 World Junior Championships.


JURAJ SIMEK
Kloten Jr. • Swiss Jr.
6’1”, 189 lbs. Wing, shoots left
Born: September 29, 1987 in Presov, Slovakia
Final Ranking: 19 • Mid-Term Ranking: 21 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: Is a strong skater with a good stride and he is strong on his skates ... skill-level is very good ... is excellent with the puck ... has a good wrist shot ... shows very good one-on-one skills with good dekes and moves ...works hard every night ... loves the game – competes, has fire in his eyes ... uses his body to his advantage ... not exactly a banger but never backs down if he is physically challenged.


IGOR MAKAROV
Krylja • Russia-2
6’ 1”, 183 lbs. Right Wing, shoots right
Born: September 19, 1987 in Moscow, Russia
Final Ranking: 20 • Mid-Term Ranking: 51 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: An excellent, fast skater with fine topspeed ...good with the puck, soft hands ... fine over-all skill level ... likes to go straight for the net ... has a fair shot ... a good passer and playmaker ... effective in one-on-one situations ... finesse type of player who works hard ... plays with a lot of energy ... improved considerably during the second half of the 2005-06 season.


MARTIN LATAL
Kladno • Czech
5’ 11”, 174 lbs. Right Wing, shoots left
Born: March 17, 1988 in Olomouc, Czech Republic
Final Ranking: 21 • Mid-Term Ranking: 12 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: Excellent speedy skater with acceleration and fine balance ... a very good overall skill level and can do a lot of things at top speed ... likes to play a gritty, aggressive style ... intense, effective forechecker ... likes to go straight for the net ... with his quickness, is effective in traffic ... a good stickhandler ... has good offensive instincts but needs to concentrate better on his defensive game ... plays with a lot of energy, works hard and has a fine attitude.


JAN MURSAK
Budejovice Jr. • Czech Jr.
5’ 11”, 167 lbs. Left Wing, shoots right
Born: January 20, 1988 in Maribor, Slovenia
Final Ranking: 22 • Mid-Term Ranking: N/R • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: Excellent skater with great acceleration ... good over-all skill level ... has soft hands – a good puckhandler ... makes things happen in the offensive zone with quick moves ... has good hockey sense ... not overly physical because of his size but works hard and is an effective forechecker ... played on the same line with 2005 Los Angeles first round pick Anze Kopitar on national junior team.


DENIS KAZIONOV
Tver • Russia
6’ 3”, 187 lbs. Left Wing, shoots left
Born: December 8, 1987 in Perm, Russia
Final Ranking: 23 • Mid-Term Ranking: 28 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: Explosive skater with great acceleration and speed ... a power-forward, at his best in the offensive zone ... a fine competitor who likes to play physical and aggressive ... strong, effective in front of the net – uses his size and strength ... older brother Dimitri drafted by Tampa Bay (2002, 100th overall).


JAN-MIKAEL JUUTILAINEN
Jokerit Jr. • Finland Jr.
5’ 11”, 183 lbs. Center, shoots left
Born: January 5, 1988 in Espoo, Finland
Final Ranking: 24 • Mid-Term Ranking: 24 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: A good, smooth skater ... an unselfish, smart two-way center ... high overall skill level ... has excellent puck control ... sees the ice well and is a very good passer and playmaker ... a creative talented forward with very good tools ... effective at face- offs ... knows his defensive duties, moves quickly from defense to offense ... a finesse type of player ... not overly physical ... captain of Finnish Under-18 team.


NIKOLAI KULEMIN
Magnitogorsk • Russia
6’ 0”, 201 lbs. Left Wing, shoots left
Born: July 14, 1986 in Magnitogorsk, Russia
Final Ranking: 25 • Mid-Term Ranking: 61 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: A very good skater who has improved his acceleration and overall speed ... a loyal team player with very good overall skill level ... has a nose for the net ... effective in the offensive zone ... a creative playmaker ... good with the puck ... works very hard for his team ... has good size and strength ... strong and effective along the boards ... defensive game could be improved ... had a very good 2006 World Junior tournament, in part because he played on a line with Pittsburgh’s first-round draft selection Evgeny Malkin.


TOP 5 EUROPEAN GOALTENDERS

JHONAS ENROTH
Sodertalje Jr. • Sweden Jr.
5’ 10”, 174 lbs. Goaltender, catches left
Born: June 25, 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden
Final Ranking: 1 • Mid-Term Ranking: 1 • European Goaltender

Central Scouting Report: One of the best goaltending prospects in recent years out of Sweden ... a small but very talented goaltender ... quick, smart and well balanced ... excellent glove, extremely quick legs and good reflexes ... plays the butterfly ... likes to challenge the shooters ... excellent, calm competitor ... lifts team with big game winning saves ... consistent.


SEMEN VARLAMOV
Yaroslavl 2• Russia-3
6’1”, 183 lbs. Goaltender, catches left
Born: April 27, 1988 in Somora, Russia
Final Ranking: 2 • Mid-Term Ranking: 7 • European Goaltender

Central Scouting Report: Has excellent reflexes ... plays the butterfly ... strong legs ... extremely quick with his glove ... a fine competitor who likes to communicates well with his defense ... plays with intensity ... needs to improve puckhandling outside the crease ... improved a lot during the 2005-06 season ... elected best goaltender at Under-18 Five Nations tournament in 2006.


RETO BERRA
GCK Lions • Swiss-2
6’ 4”, 189 lbs. Goaltender, catches left
Born: January 3, 1987 in Bulach, Switzerland
Final Ranking: 3 • Mid-Term Ranking: 2 • European Goaltender

Central Scouting Report: Plays the butterfly style ... handles the puck well with his stick ... good, quick glove ... technically already quite sound, no real flaws in his game ...quick legs, uses them very well ...difficult to beat down low ... a good, composed competitor with fine concentration ... works hard ... a mature player ... had an outstanding World Under-20 tournament ... improved considerably in 2005-06.


MICHAL NEUVIRTH
Sparta Jr. • Czech Jr.
6’ 0”, 174 lbs. Goaltender, catches left
Born: March 23, 1988 in Usti Labem, Czech Republic
Final Ranking: 4 • Mid-Term Ranking: 4 • European Goaltender

Central Scouting Report: Plays the butterfly style ... moves well and reads the game very well ... a consistent, cool goaltender under pressure ...has quick reflexes ... very quick feet and a good glove ... a good competitor.


RIKU HELENIUS
Ilves Jr. • Finland Jr.
6’ 3”, 202 lbs. Goaltender, catches left
Born: March 1, 1988 in Palkane, Finland
Final Ranking: 5 • Mid-Term Ranking: 3 • European Goaltender

Central Scouting Report: A big goaltender who uses his size to his advantage ... reads the game well ... plays the butterfly ... has a good glove ... plays the angles well ... shows a lot of desire and determination ... needs to improve his footwork and puck handling skills.
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