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2010 Draft Prep: Top European Prospects

Wednesday, 06.23.2010 / 12:35 PM CT / Predators Draft Central
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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2010 Draft Prep: Top European Prospects
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With the 2010 NHL Entry Draft approaching this weekend, NashvillePredators.com takes a look at some of the top prospects in this year's draft. Coverage continues today with a look at some of the top European prospects in this year's draft.
(prospects listed in alphabetical order).

Key - CSS=NHL Central Scouting; HN=Hockey News; ISS=International Scouting Services

Sami Aittokallio (Ilves Jr., Finland)
Goaltender - 6'1", 174 pounds
23 games, 3.20 GAA, .899 SV%
CSS-E #1 (goaltenders)
Generally regarded as the top rated European goaltender, Aittokallio is in line to continue the strong pipeline of Finnish goaltenders into the NHL.



Alexander Burmistrov (Barrie, OHL)
Forward - 5'11", 157 pounds
18 games, 10g-9a-19pts, 8 penalty minutes
CSS-NA #11, HN #6, ISS #14
“He's like a water spider out there on the ice. Light on his feet, but he's got a venomous strike like a snake when he goes on the offense. Speed and agility, great fakes and he'll bring players, fans, alike out of their seats. I'd compare him with a (Alexei) Kovalev, (Sergei) Samsonov or (Maxim) Afinogenov.” – EJ McGuire, Director of NHL Central Scouting


Stanislav Galiev (Saint John, QMJHL)
Forward - 6'1", 178 pounds
67 games, 15g-45a-60pts, 38 penalty minutes
CSS-NA # 20, HN # 37, ISS # 24
“A high-end player, intelligent and responsible at both ends of the ice. He's got good moves and backchecks hard, an all around player. Maybe (similar to) Pavel Datsyuk in the way he chips in for a highly skilled team.” – E.J. McGuire, Director of NHL Central Scouting



Calle Jarnkrok (Brynas, Sweden)
Forward - 5'11", 156 pounds
33 games, 4g-6a-10pts, 2 penalty minutes
CSS-E # 24, HN # 28
"He's small, but extremely skillful. A very fast skater, very quick moves, good hands -- he's an exciting player, great attitude." - Goran Stubb, NHL Director of European Scouting



Kirill Kabanov (Moncton, OMJHL)
Forward - 6'2", 173 pounds
22 games, 10g-13a-23pts, 34 penalty minutes
CSS-NA #31, HN #38
“He’s highly talented -- as talented as any player in the draft. He broke his wrist earlier in the year and was sidelined a long time. Kirill is just adjusting to the North American game and as a result, left his Moncton team early in order to train for the Russian National Under-18 World Junior Team tournament that happens every April. Who's he like? Maybe a Kovalchuk.” – E.J. McGuire, Director of NHL Central Scouting


Evgeny Kuznetsov (Chelyabinsk, Russia)
Forward - 6'0", 172 pounds
35 games, 2g-7a-9pts, 10 penalty minutes
CSS-E #3, HN #18, ISS #19
“He is fast, skillful and talented. He is also a leader on the ice, he was captain of the Russian Under-18 team and he had an excellent tournament. He is very skilled.” – Goran Stubb, NHL Director of European Scouting



Johan Larsson (Brynas Jr. Swe-Jr.)
Forward - 5'10", 200 pounds
40 games, 15g-19a-34pts, 80 penalty minutes
CSS-E #34, ISS #29
A strong showing at this spring's Under-18 tournament has Larsson's draft stock rising according to most scouting services. Sweden's captain at the U-18 tournament, Larsson has a solid NHL frame and a strong all-around game.



Ludvig Rensfeltd (Brynas Jr., SWE-JR.)
Forward - 6'3", 192 pounds
39 games, 21g-29a-50pts, 37 penalty minutes
CSS-E #5, HN #32, ISS #27
A big forward with a solid two-way game, Rensfeltd's offensive development has not progressed as quickly as some of his other skills, but he's still viewed as a solid prospect. His performances early in the season earned him a high reputation, but his consistency later in the season effected his ability to rise higher in most projections.


Petr Straka (Rimouski, OMJHL)
Forward - 6'1", 185 pounds
62 games, 28g-36a-64pts, 54 penalty minutes
CSS-NA #23, HN #52
“Good skills with high-end potential. He's over here (playing for) Rimouski from the Czech Republic. His adjustment is ongoing. Good playmaking ability – he reminds me of Pavel Dmitra or Martin Erat.” – E.J. McGuire, Director of NHL Central Scouting


Vladimir Tarasenko (Novosibirsk, Russia)
Forward - 5'11", 202 pounds
42 games, 13g-11a-24pts, 18 penalty minutes
CSS-E #2, HN #14, ISS #4
“Vladimir is very effective around the net with his excellent overall skill level and vision. He is a strong, mobile skater with a quick shot. He is not only a sniper, but also a good passer and playmaker. There are no real weaknesses in his overall game and he will be one of the most interesting prospects at the draft.” – Goran Stubbs, NHL Director of European Scouting

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