Andreas Thuresson

Andreas Thuresson


Kristianstad Sweden

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5th round (144th overall), 2007


212 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C


Andreas Thuresson was overlooked in the first year he was eligible for the draft.  Scored impressive 10 goals and 5 assists as a SEL rookie with Malmö in 2006-07.

2007-08: Thuresson had an impressive season in what was his first taste of North American hockey. In 77 games with the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) he scored 11 goals and seven assists. The forward also played in six postseason games, but failed to register any points.

2008-09: Thuresson played 74 games in his second year with Milwaukee, scoring 14 goals, 15 assists for 29 points. He added 3 goals, 1 assist in 11 playoff games.

2009-10: Thuresson made his NHL debut with Nashville at the end of October and split time between the Predators and their AHL affiliate Milwaukee in his third North American season. In 22 games for the Predators he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -5 while averaging 10 minutes of ice time per game. Thuresson played 50 games for Milwaukee during the regular season, scoring 14 goals with 19 assists and was +13 with 24 PMs. Thuresson was the leading scorer for the Admirals in the playoffs with 2 goals and 7 assists; finishing +3 in seven games with 16 PMs. Thuresson was re-signed to a one-year contract by Nashivlle in June 2010.

2010-11: Thuresson skated in three games for the Predators in mid-January; spending most of the season in the AHL with Milwaukee. He was scoreless and -1 with 2 PMs seeing just over ten minutes of ice time per game with Nashville. In 76 AHL games with the Admirals he scored 14 goals with 24 assists and was +3 with 41 PMs. He skated in all 13 playoff games for Milwaukee and was +2 with 3 goals, 3 assists and 10 PMs. Thuresson was obtained by the Rangers for Brody Dupont in a trade with Nashville in July 2011 and signed a one-year contract with New York.

Talent Analysis

He's a two-way player who shoots right, has good size, is aggressive and plays physical and has decent offensive skills. 


Expected to start the season in Connecticut, Thuresson has not been able to yet make the transition to the NHL. A very successful start to the season with the Whale may bring an early call-up.

Inside the Eyes of a scout

by Glenn Gawronski
Throughout this season, we will be running a special series of articles taking a look at the world of scouting. It will focus primarily on the player evaluation/development side of scouting, particularly as it relates to draft-eligible prospects. We hope this will offer a bit of insight into an inexact science. Our first installment will cover some of the basics behind scouting and some of the issues that a scout must deal with.

The easiest place to start is from the beginning. The first thing a scout has to do is ask himself “What is my objective?” And when it comes to evaluating players for the NHL draft, the objective is pretty clear: try to project where the 17 and 18 year old prospects are going to be in say five years. Just which players from this years draft class will be the best in 2003. Easier said than done. At this point, scouting becomes a game of projection.

Very simply, how is a player going to perform if and when he gets to the next level? How much upside potential does he possess? How much will he improve? Will he be capable of making plays at the NHL level the way he does at the junior level? Scouting, at least as it pertains to the draft, has less to do with evaluating a players current performance as it does with projecting a players future performance.

Another aspect to consider is that success at one level certainly does not guarantee it at the next. A junior age player may be great in his own age group or in his own league, but one flaw in his game could prove fatal to his NHL chances.
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Second Shot

by pbadmin
After a disappointing training camp, 20-year-old Craig Millar was sent back down to the AHL to work on his consistency and NHL game. But after the Oilers less than mediocre start, he was called back up for a six-game road trip, as management attempted to fire up the team by mixing up the roster. Smart move by ole Slats. The former Sabres draft pick has finally gotten his chance to shine after years of hard work and bumps in the road.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba native first caught the eyes of scouts as a 16-year-old playing in the WHL for the Swift Current Broncos. Millar was drafted 225th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 1994, causing a future in the NHL to look doubtful. However, Millar was not discouraged and his strong character came into play as he became determined to go on to the next level. Craig put together an All-Star season in ‘95/96 when he was second in scoring for Swift Current at 72-31-46-77-151, remarkable considering that he’s a defenseman. He then moved one step closer to the big time when he was called up to Rochester of the AHL for the ‘96/97 season.
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Isles Promote 4 Prospects

by pbadmin
Today the New York Islanders have decided to promote 4 of their biggest prospects, Jason Holland (d), Steve Webb (rw), Vladamir Orszagh (lw) , and Zdeno Chara (d). They will replace the injured Dennis Vaske, Ken Bellanger, Bryan Berard, and Rich Pilon. Holland and Webb were called up Friday for Saturday’s game against the Panthers. Holland played, Webb was a healthy scratch. After a strong game by Holland, the team demoted him and Webb back to Kentucky (AHL). They played for Kentucky against the Phantoms and then were recalled today along with raw rookies Zdeno Chara also from Kentucky and Vladamir Orszagh from Utah (IHL). Chara will become the leagues tallest player at 6’9″ with an appearance tonight.

Tkaczuk leads to way to the top

by pbadmin
Poise, if you look in the dictionary you’ll find a picture of the Barrie Colts captain, Daniel Tkaczuk. Poise is the word scouts use when describing the 18-year-old centre. His poise was one of the reasons that why Calgary choose him 6th overall in the NHL Entry Draft. He was also the first player choosen in the OHL draft three years ago ahead of players such as Joe Thornton, Boyd Devereaux, and Nick Boynton. At 6’0″ and 190lbs, he poses as a dangerous two-way threat who is as composed and confident off the ice as he is on. Tkaczuk has a great offensive ability with 45 goals and 93 points in 62 games last season.

“He has great leadership and character,” said on scout. Barrie coach, Bert Templeton feels that Tkaczuk is his best defensive forward and top penalty killer.

Along with the C, Tkaczuk also wears the number 10. In the his family June 10th is a lucky day. Andy Tkaczuk, his father immigrated to Canada from Poland on that date. In 1979, Tkacuk was born and in 1996 he was drafted. Calgary was looking for an offence. In Tkaczuk they found an outstanding character player who didn’t know the word quit. He was assertive and not afraid to speak his mind. when teammate Alexander Volchkov developed an attitude he publically voiced his opinions and criticisizms.
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Sabres Update

by pbadmin

Note: I want to open this report by correcting a mistake a made during my
Sabres prospect writeup. I confused two Sabres draft picks. I identified
Martin Menard using Marian Menhart bio line. As you can tell the two have
very similar names and if you look too quickly you can confuse the two, which
I did. Martin is actually 5-8 165lb LW, not a 6-3 220lb D as I identified.
Marian Menhart (Prince Albert) was never offered a contract but he was at
the Sabres training camp as a special invite.

I appoligize for the confusion. The mistake was completely unacceptable.

As of Mid-November 1997, here is my current feeling as to the Sabres top

Note: I still am not ranking the Sabres European based players as I do not
have enough specific information about them. I will wait until after the
World Junior Championships to rank them.

Rank Player size age team (league) Oct. rank
1. Cory Sarich 6-3 182 19 Saskatoon (WHL) 1
2. Maxim Afinogenov 5-11 176 18 Moscow Dynamo (Russia) 2
3. Alexei Tezikov 6-1 198 19 Moncton (QMJHL) 4
4. Martin Biron 6-1 160 20 Rochester (AHL) 6
5. Vaclav Varada 6-0 200 21 Rochester (AHL) 7
6. Darren Van Oene 6-3 207 19 Brandon (WHL) 3
7. J-L. Grand-Pierre 6-3 207 20 Rochester (AHL) 9 Read more»