A true Norwegian prospect 2002 NHL Entry Draft

By Evan Andriopoulos

For the first time in the history of the NHL Entry Draft is a Norwegian skater among the consideration as a possible first round pick. The speedy playmaker who spent the season in the QMJHL with the Moncton Wildcats is that player.

Thoresen who has all the tools to become a legitimate 1st rounder and NHL impact player has been moving onto the NHL radar charts throughout the junior season. Thoresen who beefed up to 190 pounds on his nearly 6 foot frame is a gifted playmaker who has quieted some doubters by being able to take the North American style of the game (physical) and raise the level that his teammates are playing at.

Thoresen of Hamar in Norway made the adjustment quickly, finishing the 2002 campaign with a very respectable 30 goals and 73 points along with 50 penalty minutes. Thoresen finished the 2002 campaign as the top rookie scorer not only on his club but in the entire QMJHL. 2002-03 looks to be a very big year for the young sniper and all scouts will follow him closely even after the draft.

With rave reviews many see him as a possible late 1st rounder or 2nd rounder.The former captain of the Norwegian National Junior 18 and 20 teams fell off the CSB board at the end of the season but with scouts following him on a daily basis it is likely he will be taken in the top half of the entire draft. A 1st round selection may be a little high but as a more realistic 3rd-4th rounder he would be a bargain.