ISS Top 30 2009 prospects, April

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 Duchene, Matt  C 1/16/1991 L 5.11 196 Brampton OHL
3 Hedman, Victor  LD 12/18/1990 L 6.06 220 Modo SweE
4 Svensson-Paajarvi, Magnus  LW 4/12/1991 L 6.01 200 Timra SweE
5 Kane, Evander  C 8/2/1991 L 6.01 180 Vancouver WHL
6 Schenn, Brayden  C 8/22/1991 L 6.00 193 Brandon WHL
7 Cowen, Jared  LD 1/25/1991 L 6.04.7 218 Spokane WHL
8 Kadri, Nazem  C 10/6/1990 L 5.11.5 180 London OHL
9 Ekman-Larsson, Oliver LD 7/17/1991 L 6.02 176 Leksands SweAl
10 Kulikov, Dmitri  LD 10/29/1990 L 6.00 190 Drummondville QMJHL
11 Josefson, Jacob  C 3/2/1991 L 6.00 187 Djurgarden SweE
12 Leblanc, Louis  C 1/26/1991 R 6.00 178 Omaha USHL
13 Schroeder, Jordan  RW 9/29/1990 R 5.08.2 175 Minnesota WCHA
14 Ellis, Ryan  RD 1/3/1991 R 5.09.2 183 Windsor OHL
15 Holland, Peter  C 1/14/1991 L 6.01.5 188 Guelph OHL
16 Moore, John  LD 11/19/1990 L 6.02 189 Chicago USHL
17 Ferraro, Landon  RW 8/8/1991 R 5.11 169 Red Deer WHL
18 Shore, Drew C 1/29/1991 R 6.02 190 USA Under-18 NTDP
19 Glennie, Scott  C 2/22/1991 R 6.01 180 Brandon WHL
20 Kassian, Zack  RW 1/24/1991 R 6.02.5 212 Peterborough OHL
21 Leddy, Nick LD 3/20/1991 L 5.11 179 Eden Prairie MN-HS
22 Rundblad, David  RD 10/8/1990 R 6.02 189 Skelleftea SweE
23 Palmieri, Kyle  C 2/1/1991 R 5.10 191 USA Under-18 NTDP
24 Kreider, Chris LW 4/30/1991 L 6.02 201 Andover MA-HS
25 Caron, Jordan  C 11/2/1990 L 6.02.5 200 Rimouski QMJHL
26 Werek, Ethan  C 6/7/1991 L 6.00.5 191 Kingston OHL
27 Morin, Jeremy  C 4/16/1991 R 6.00.5 189 USA Under-18 NTDP
28 Nattinen, Joonas  C 1/3/1991 R 6.02 183 Espoo FinJrA
29 Orlov, Dimitri  F 7/23/1991 L 6.00 197 Novokuznetsk KHL
30 Rajala, Toni LW 3/29/1991 L 5.09 163 Ilves FinJrA

RISING


David Rundblad – Skelleftea AIK

A smooth-skating defenseman who played well during the SEL playoffs and just last week he was awarded best d-man at the U19 4-nations tournament in Russia. He loves to jump up in the play and moves well all over the ice. He has good vision and is able to make the first pass. His game has gotten better while the year has progressed.

Toni Rajala – Ilves Tampere Jr.

The player who perhaps had the most eyes looking his way at the U18 World Championships didn’t shy away but rather further pushed the spotlight his way. Rajala needed to have a big tournament to cement his top-round NHL draft pick potential. And do that he did, Rajala finished the tournament with 19 points in six games, eclipsing the previous U18 scoring record set by some kid named Ovechkin, and Rajala did it in one fewer game.

Oliver Ekman Larsson – Leksands IF

A confident player, OEL is a great skater with great stops and starts and very good mobility. He is a defensively intelligent player whose head is on a swivel, and has the hand-eye coordination to steal and intercept passes. Ekman Larsson has great transitionally offensive ability and can start the rush effectively and quickly. He finished second in scoring by defensemen during the tournament with eight points in six games, but didn’t play much in the fifth-place game.

Kevin Lynch – USA

Lynch had 5 goals and 5 assists in 7 games for Team USA at the U18s and established himself early as one of their better and most consistent players up front. Lynch is a very powerful player who is very good at creating space for himself and battles hard down low. He also is a consistent physical presence and threw some good hits and takes contact well. Lynch plays systems very well and makes very accurate passes out of pressure.

Jerry D’Amigo – USA

The most surprisingly effective American player at the U18s was D’Amigo. D’Amigo lead the charge most games and showed a very good skill set and level of determination that seemed to be infectious to his teammates. D’Amigo put up 13 points in seven games for the Americans and was easily one of their best forwards. D’Amigo has great speed and great offensive anticipation and wins most races for pucks. He makes good smart quick plays, takes contact well and drives the net without hesitation.

Byron Froese – Everett

Exposure at the world U18s was great for him as he stepped up his game. Was consistently dangerous and cashed in chances around net. His defensive game is solid and he often takes all the crucial faceoffs in all zones.

Adam PolasekCzech Republic

A big and physical defender, Polasek angles very well and finishes his checks with surprising force. He was the second highest scoring Czech player in the tournament and the sixth highest scoring d-man. He likes to rush the puck and has good hands that allow him to make good space for himself. He is able to block lanes well in his own end, but can get a little too focused on the puck at times. He logged a ton of minutes for the Czechs, especially in the late minutes of games, and was often matched up against other countries’ top players.

Igor BobkovRussia

Named the top goaltender in the tournament, Bobkov may be the best performing Russian goaltender in recent memory. Bobkov is tremendously and deceptively big, he moves well and plays his angles very well. He controls his rebounds well and didn’t give many second or third chances. He was particularly strong against Sweden in the quarters and Finland in the semi finals as he stymied both teams’ potent offenses and frustrated them into near submission. He faced more shots against than any other goaltender in the tournament and still managed to have the tournament’s third-best save percentage at 92.7%. Of the 20 goals he gave up, 11 were against the power play.

Matt Clark – Brampton Battalion

Brampton’s 11th round pick, 217th overall in the 2006 OHL Draft, Clark is a steady d-man who generally plays a simple, safe game. Good sized defensive d-man who plays with a physical presence. Moves the puck up ice quickly and effectively with good first pass. Shows good anticipation of the play and finishes a lot of checks – plays physical in his own end without running around.

FALLING


Philip Samuelsson – USA

The only USHL player to join the American team, Samuelsson wasn’t as much of a force as he should have been during the tournament. Not a great skater, Samuelsson biggest downfall is his decision-making with the puck. He gives up a lot of errant passes and lacks the recovery ability to make up for it. He doesn’t have a great shot and he doesn’t hold the line well at either end. Samuelsson is still a draftable player, but it is becoming evident that he may be a bit under-developed and overrated at this time.

Tommi Kivisto – WHL/Finland

Kivisto’s decline from top prospect continued at the U18s. A talented player with good two-way ability, Kivisto just keeps getting himself into trouble with bad decision-making. Once regarded as one of the best available European defenders, Kivisto is now looking at being a late-round pick and may even see himself fall out of the picture.

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