German Draft Preview

By Oliver Janz





#1 Marcel Goc


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#1 Marcel Goc
Center
Shoots left
CSB-Rank (European Skaters): #12
Height: 6′
Weight: 188 lbs.
Birthdate: 8/24/1983 in Calw, Germany
Team for the next season: Schwenninger Wild Wings / DEL (under contract till 2003)
Draft chances: It’s all said about him, he’s in the Top 50 for sure. The best german talent ever has the potential to become a NHL-player. A realistic guy, who won’t make problems like a Robert Dome. The strength’ from Marcel Goc (pronounce ‘Gotch’) are his skating, an effortless stride (includes a quick change of pace), he creates opportunities for his linemates and possesses natural scoring instincts. He excited the scouts and fans with his sensational face off average in the international competitions. Will play alongside or against his older brother Sascha in at least three years. For more infos check out the article about him.

Last season stats:

 

Regualar Season

Play-Off’s

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

PTS

PM

G.

G

A

P.

PM.

2000-01

Schwenninger W. Wings

DEL

58

13

28

41

12

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Dimitri Pätzold
Goalie
Catches left
CSB-Rank (European Goalies): #3
Height: 6′
Weight: 183 lbs.
Birthdate: 2/3/1983 in Ust-Kamenogorsk / Kazakhstan (under contract till 2002)
Team for the next season: Kölner Haie / DEL
Draft chances: Dimitri is a sure pick for this year, he can jump into the top 100. He has good mobility, quick reflexes and an excellent reaction time. As he start to skate very early he’s very fast on his skates. Had a very good season with the TSV Erding Jets ‘German Team’ which promote young prospects to DEL-teams. His strong appereance at the U18 junior world championship garnered him position three on the Central scouting buro rankings, especially the 2-1 win against sweden where he play like a wall. His coolness under pressure is really excellent and i would compare his playing style to Felix Potvin’s style – his instincts are a little bit like Kings’ goalie. That doesn’t mean that Pätzold will be the next Potvin. His longterm future is a north american farmteam, than we see how he did his job there.

Year

Team

League

GP

Min.

W

L

T

GA

SO

GAA

SV%

2000-01

Kölner Junghaie

GER4

6

359

n/a

n/a

n/a

17

n/a

2,84

n/a

 

TSV Erding Jets

GER2

23

1311

6

17

0

85

0

3,89

n/a

Play-Off

TSV Erding Jets

GER2

2

102

0

1

0

4

0

2,35

n/a

#3 Dennis Seidenberg
Defender
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CSB-Rank (European Skaters): NR
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 183 lbs.
Birthdate: 7/18/1981 in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
Team for the next season: Adler Mannheim / DEL (under contract till 2003)
Draft chances: It seems to be a result of the bad german situation in the last years that Seidenberg was overviewed before this years world championship. Excellent long passes and a good power-play game makes himto an impact defender. Learned many things from former german nationaldefender Brad Bergen in Mannheim’s DEL-team while playing alongside him – surprising fact, that since they play together Bergen comes back to a very good form. The draft round is open, because he wasn’t ranked by the CSB, but the chance that he’ll be picked is 99%.

Last seasons stats:

 

Regualar Season

Play-Off’s

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

PTS

PM

G.

G

A

P.

PM.

2000-01

Mannheimer Jungadler

GER4

9

3

8

11

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adler Mannheim

DEL

55

2

5

7

6

12

0

1

1

10

#4 Thomas Greilinger
Center
Shoots left
CSB-Rank (European Skaters): 70
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 190 lbs.
Birthdate: 8/6/1981 in Deggendorf, Germany
Team for the next season: Nürnberg Ice Tigers / DEL (under contract till 2004)
Draft chances: After scoring more than fifty goals in the third league and winning the DEL-championship with the München Barons he played his first full season in the DEL and scoring 22 points in 54 games. Greilinger is an power-play-specialist who shows very good passing and goalscoring instinct in those situations. He will be picked late, but he’s one of the best choices in the late rounds.

 

 

 

Regualar Season

Play-Off’s

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

PTS

PM

G.

G

A

P.

PM.

2000-01

Schwenninger W. Wings

DEL

54

9

13

22

18

 

 

 

 

 

#5 Christian Ehrhoff
Defender
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CSB-Rank (European Skaters): 71
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 183 lbs.
Birthdate: 7/6/1982 in Moers, Germany
Team for the next season: Krefeld Pinguine / DEL (under contract till 2002)
Draft chances: Everytime i saw him play, he play a coast-to-coast style. An offensive defenseman who is fast on his skates on breakaway situations. 14 points in his first full pro season are a very high number in germany. After Krefeld’s season comes to an end, he helped their farmteam Duisburg in the play-off’s in six games. Ehrhoff is the best technical defender from germany who is draft eligible.

 

 

 

Regualar Season

Play-Off’s

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

PTS

PM

G.

G

A

P.

PM.

2000-01

Krefeld Pinguine

DEL

58

3

11

14

73

 

 

 

 

 

 

EV Duisburg

GER3

 

 

 

 

 

6

1

2

3

12

#6 Martin Hinterstocker
Left Wing
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CSB-Rank (European Skaters): 100
Height: 6′
Weight: 190 lbs.
Birthdate: 1/2/1983 in Iserlohn, Germany
Team for the next season: SC Riessersee / Germany, second league (under contract till 2002)
Draft chances: Solid two-way-forward with an very good scoring touch, or not? Great hands and an excellent wrist shot. Has a hockeyfamily, his brother will play for the Kölner Haie in the DEL next season. Goes everytime by 100 per cent, he can play on all three forward positions. Hinterstocker is an all-round-forward who will learn one more season in Riessersee in the second league. But if a NHL-team will draft him, he can also go to an junior team in the OHL, WHL or QMJHL. Will he be drafted this year? His chances are maximum 30%. The CSB-Rank isn’t very high and he can be one of the last picks in this years draft – if not, we see him next year on the draft eligible list for the second time and will see what happen.

Last seasons stats:

 

Regualar Season

Play-Off’s

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

PTS

PM

G.

G

A

P.

PM.

2000-01

SC Riessersee juniors

DNL

7

5

7

12

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

SC Riessersee

GER2

37

8

7

15

4

5

0

0

0

0

#7 Christoph Schubert
Defender
Shoots left
CSB-Rank (European Skaters): NR
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 186 lbs.
Birthdate: 2/5/1982 in München, Germany
Team for the next season: München Barons / DEL (under contract till 2002)
Draft chances: Ehrhoff has a big technical potential, Schubert has a big physichal potential and Seidenberg has the biggest all-round potential. It’s hard to say who will be the best of them in the future. Schubert’s draft chances are not bad, but not really good, too. The CSB didn’t ranked him, but the DEL named him to the rookie of the year. His biggest weakness sounds normal for a young player. He maked some mistakes in his game, which means turnovers for example. But he learn from his mistakes. Compare his checking ability to a Toni Porkka and in longtermfuture to a Darius Kasparaitis. To reach his level he must work hard.

Last seasons stats:

 

Regualar Season

Play-Off’s

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

PTS

PM

G.

G

A

P.

PM.

2000-01

München Barons

DEL

55

6

3

9

80

10

0

2

2

27

#8 Adrian Grygiel
Right Wing
Shoots right
CSB-Rank (European Skaters): NR
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 178 lbs.
Birthdate: 8/13/1983 in Katowice, Poland
Team for the next season: Krefeld Pinguine / DEL (under contract till 2002)
Draft chances: Wasn’t ranked by the CSB, german team coaches don’t know why. He need more competiton and a second pro year. If his developing come to the next level and he play a good U20 torunament a draft in the next year is more possible than in this years draft. Grygiel is a very talented forward, he shows some very nice moves in the last season and recorded many goals in his junior career.

Last seasons stats:

 

Regualar Season

Play-Off’s

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

PTS

PM

G.

G

A

P.

PM.

2000-01

Krefeld Pinguine

DEL

29

2

6

8

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

EV Duisburg

GER3

25

7

7

14

14

4

0

0

0

0

#9 Stefan Schauer
Defender
Shoots left
CSB-Rank (European Skaters): NR
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 191 lbs.
Birthdate: 1/12/1983 in Schongau, Germany
Team for the next season: SC Riessersee / Germany, second league (under contract till 2002)
Draft chances: Not very high, but there are many NHL-scouts at the U18 tournaments who see Schauer playing there. And he was the best german defender there, scoring three goals, two from the blue line in power-play-situations. That’s one of his strengths, his very hard shot from the blue line. His physical potential is good, he must only work on his constance.

Last seasons stats:

 

Regualar Season

Play-Off’s

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

PTS

PM

G.

G

A

P.

PM.

2000-01

SC Riessersee juniors

DNL

11

1

7

8

24

     

 

SC Riessersee

GER2

39

1

2

3

12

5

0

1

1

0

#10 Daniel Kreutzer
Left Wing
Shoots left
CSB-Rank (European Skaters): NR
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 185 lbs.
Birthdate: 10/23/1979 in Düsseldorf, Germany
Team for the next season: Kassel Huskies / DEL (under contract till 2002)
Draft chances: Kreutzer’s draft chances excists since the world championship where he scored four points in seven games. A very hard worker, but possibly to small to reach the NHL-level. Rumours say that Atlanta try to draft him in the last round, but there’s nothing official.

Last seasons stats:

 

Regualar Season

Play-Off’s

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

PTS

PM

G.

G

A

P.

PM.

2000-01

Kassel Huskies

DEL

60

12

29

41

89

8

3

4

7

2

Others:

Goalie Robert Müller (born 1980) was ranked by the CSB on position five and six in 1998 and 1999. A talented netminder, but without the big breakthrough in his pro career. Just the back up behind Mike Rosati in Mannheim. Sharing the starting goalie spot with Marco Sturm’s brother-in-law Christian Künast. He wasn’t drafted in the last three years – in which he appeared two years as the starting goalie from Rosenheim – so, why now?

A good year in the farmteam for his developing, some games in the DEL say that he has a future in this league – but he wasn’t called up by the german junior national team. Augsburg’s young back up goalie, Christian Rohde, must show his talent in the next season to garner a spot in the latest round in next years draft. An interesting fact is, that the Augsburger Panther signed both goalies from germany’s U17 national team, Patrick Koslow (born ’85) and Martin Morczninietz (born ’84) to two-way-contracts. Take an eye on the young Koslow. He will be the starting goalie in Augsburg’s farm team next year and the international scouts get their first chance to watch him at next year’s U18 world championship.

Suiss native Severin Blindenbacher from Kloten excited the scouts and he’s a possibly draft pick this year. His teammate Robin Breitbach, a 19 year old defender, fight for a spot in this team and scored two goals in 18 regualar season games last season – so, if the scouts watched Blindenbacher they also saw Breitbach. That fact gave him a little chance to be drafted this year, but his draft possibility should be better in next years draft if he grew up.

Known in Manitoba from his spell with the Neepawa Natives in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, Patrick Köppchen will jump into the third line of the München Barons in the next season. Playing intelligent quarterback, he can read a game and shows good passing skills. The only bad thing: He’s too old with his 21 years old. Two years younger he would be a sixth round pick. His longterm future is the german national team, hasn’t a real NHL-chance.

Wing Jonas Lanier garnered a spot in the squad from one of two DEL-teams from Berlin, the Capitals. Recorded three goals in last years U18 world championship, but wasn’t drafted and his chances for the upcoming draft aren’t higher. Manuel Kofler make the DEL in Iserlohn, scoring 12 goals in his first season. His fighting potential and never quit attitude can possibly help him grew up to a solid second line wing and get a shot in the german national team.

Pätzold’s former teammate in Cologne’s farmteam, forward Christoph Ullmann scored many points this season, but didn’t make the jump into the DEL-squad. Signed an one year contract extension (two-way-contract) and will surely play in his first DEL-game at the beginning of the season 2001-2002.

He’s the first top scorer of the new founded german junior league, the DNL (Under 17). Christoph Melischko is a center with a good size who will make Riessersee’s pro team in the next season. They signed him weeks ago to a one year contract and plans the future with their biggest scoring talent. Some very talented players are from Riessersee – and because of Marcus Kink for example, Melischko wasn’t the last talent from the bavarian city.

Note: Check out the former articles and player’s profiles for full coverage on all draft eligible players and possible draft choices from germany. Every article and profile will be updated with all new infos in the next days. The upcoming Draft could be the Draft with the best ‘german touch’, which means that this is the Draft with the most germans will be picked. So, have a nice draft day!

© Oliver Janz