ISS Top 30 2009 prospects, February

By Int'l Scouting Services

Name Pos Birth Date S/C Ht. Wt. Team League
1 Tavares, John  C 9/20/1990 L 6.00 200 London OHL
2 Hedman, Victor  LD 12/18/1990 L 6.06 220 Modo SweE
3 Svensson-Paajarvi, Magnus  LW 4/12/1991 L 6.01 200 Timra SweE
4 Duchene, Matt  C 1/16/1991 L 5.11 196 Brampton OHL
5 Schenn, Brayden  C 8/22/1991 L 6.00 193 Brandon WHL
6 Cowen, Jared  LD 1/25/1991 L 6.04.7 218 Spokane WHL
7 Kane, Evander  C 8/2/1991 L 6.01 180 Vancouver WHL
8 Kadri, Nazem  C 10/6/1990 L 5.11.5 180 London OHL
9 Shore, Drew C 1/29/1991 R 6.02 190 USA Under-18 NTDP
10 Josefson, Jacob  C 3/2/1991 L 6.00 187 Djurgarden SweE
11 Schroeder, Jordan  RW 9/29/1990 R 5.08.2 175 Minnesota WCHA
12 Ellis, Ryan  RD 1/3/1991 R 5.09.2 183 Windsor OHL
13 Holland, Peter  C 1/14/1991 L 6.01.5 188 Guelph OHL
14 Kulikov, Dmitri  LD 10/29/1990 L 6.00 190 Drummondville QMJHL
15 Despres, Simon  LD 7/27/1991 L 6.03.5 214 Saint John QMJHL
16 Leblanc, Louis  C 1/26/1991 R 6.00 178 Omaha USHL
17 Moore, John  LD 11/19/1990 L 6.02 189 Chicago USHL
18 Ferraro, Landon  RW 8/8/1991 R 5.11 169 Red Deer WHL
19 Kassian, Zack  RW 1/24/1991 R 6.02.5 212 Peterborough OHL
20 Glennie, Scott  C 2/22/1991 R 6.01 180 Brandon WHL
21 Palmieri, Kyle  C 2/1/1991 R 5.10 191 USA Under-18 NTDP
22 Ashton, Carter  LW 4/1/1991 L 6.04 212 Lethbridge WHL
23 Morin, Jeremy  C 4/16/1991 R 6.00.5 189 USA Under-18 NTDP
24 Werek, Ethan  C 6/7/1991 L 6.00.5 191 Kingston OHL
25 Nattinen, Joonas  C 1/3/1991 R 6.02 183 Espoo FinJrA
26 Elliott, Stefan LD 1/30/1991 R 6.00.2 185 Saskatoon WHL
27 Caron, Jordan  C 11/2/1990 L 6.02.5 200 Rimouski QMJHL
28 Ekman-Larsson, Oliver LD 7/17/1991 L 6.02 176 Leksands SweAl
29 Rundblad, David  RD 10/8/1990 R 6.02 189 Skelleftea SweE
30 Kreider, Chris LW 4/30/1991 L 6.02 201 AndoverAcademy MA-HS

RISING

Kyle Palmieri – The best US forward at recent 5-Nation tournament, Palmieri is an explosive skater who can beat defensemen in the blink of an eye. He needs very little space to fly away from his opponents – has that extra gear that pulls him away. A fun player to watch skate with the puck, Palmieri is capable of great feeds in the offensive end as well.

Mattias Lindstrom – Lindstrom is ″a huge truck on wheels’’ and is impossible to stop once he gets going. Screens the goaltender on the power play – scores important goals from the top of the crease area. Lindstrom has good speed and hockey sense and should be regarded as a strong NHL draft pick for his size and offensive skills. Reminds ISS scouts of Tomas Holmstrom.

Drew Shore Shore is an extremely agile player with explosive lateral movement. He never quits skating. After a pretty quiet first game at 5-Nations, Shore became one of the best players on any team as the tournament progressed and was a major reason the US squad was able to finish at the top.

Sami Vatanen – Had probably the best overall performance of any defenseman at recent 5-Nation ’91 tournament. Extremely competitive and great fitness level. Logged about 30 minutes each game.

Simon Bertilsson – Bertilsson has good size and a decent shot and adds good puck movement and distribution skills to a strong skating base to create a very dynamic package for a defender. He is calm with the puck and often makes strong intelligent decisions. Had a very consistent and strong tournament at recent 5-Nation ’91.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson
– His shot can be compared to pro-level players. Once he gets going he can skate all the way down to shoot, or make a pass to an open teammate. Has the ability to throw some crushing hits and impressed ISS scouts with a solid performance during the 5-Nation ’91 tournament.

Jakub Jerabek – Impressed ISS scouts with recent strong performance at 5-Nation ’90 Turku, Finland. He wasn’t on the ice for a single 5-on-5 goal against during the tournament, which is a testament to his very strong defensive instincts and coverage abilities.

Edward Pasquale – In our opinion, is head and shoulders above any draft eligible goaltender in the Ontario Hockey League. He plays such a calm game and does a nice job controlling his rebounds. His feet are very quick and he reads the play very well. Not to mention he looks huge in the net but is also quite agile.

David Weiss – Weiss is a very strong all around player who ISS believes has a ton of potential to develop into a useful and effective player at the next level. A youngster who already has a plethora of experience playing with men, Weiss would be a pretty safe project for any NHL club and has the necessary tools to develop into a very strong player.

Tomas Tatar – Tatar has long been known to be a tremendous scorer, but the WJC was his breakout party. Tatar has great hands and a tremendous shot. His ability to be in the right place at the right time is incredible. No player saw his 2009 draft stock rise higher then Tatar after this tournament.

FALLING

Jeremy Morin — Morin is a terrific prospect who played a number of games with the NTDP Under-18 team last year as an underage. Gifted offensively, he currently leads team in goals with 20, however he did not get a chance to shine at the recent 5-Nations in Sweden, as he was forced to sit in the stands for USA’s final three games of the event due to an off-ice issue. A player who has the tools to play at the next level, but must make sure that he maintains his focus.

Jared Cowen – The big BUT with Cowen is not whether he will be drafted, it is will he slide with his recent season-ending knee injury. He will be having reconstructive surgery on his knee. Has Pronger-like skill and with a full recovery, Cowen will make a NHL club very happy if they take a chance on this guy.

Chris Perugini — Smaller goalie who is very quick. Lack of size does give him problems when traffic is in slot area. His ability to play well consistently will ultimately determine where he’ll be drafted.

Teemu Eronen – At 5’10 he has size and strength issues, and his decision-making has been dubious at times. Although we still believe that he will mature into a solid defenseman, we are concerned about his pro upside, and a drop in the rankings is the result.

Adam Hughesman — As a 16-year-old he put up great numbers, however this season he had a good start but has battled the consistency bug all season and was recently a healthy scratch. He is a knock-kneed type skater that doesn’t have the first three steps to pull away, although he does get there.

Bjorn Krupp — Good size but doesn’t do anything to distinguish himself on the ice. While skating, he has lots of extra movement and wasted energy – hopping around. Krupp could hear his name called late in the draft, although it’s more than likely teams will pass on him and keep an eye for his development over the next couple of seasons.