The Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League have a pretty formidable top line, with Czech Republic native Pavel Zacha centering right wing Nikita Korostelev and left wing Jordan Kyrou.
|Pavel Zacha (Courtesy: Czech Ice Hockey Association)|
NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards, who evaluates players in the OHL, has liked what he's seen from the three. He particularly was impressed with Zacha, who is in his first OHL season after spending last season with Liberec in the top professional league in the Czech Republic as a 16-year-old. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound left-shot center had four goals and eight points in 38 games in the Czech Republic last season and was selected by the Sting with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. He's considered a potential top-five pick at the 2015 NHL Draft.
"He's got a high-end skill set and is an excellent competitor," Edwards said of Zacha, who has four goals and six assists in 10 games this season. "He plays an excellent two-way game and broke up a couple of rushes in a recent game I saw him play against the Peterborough Petes. He's physical and solid on his skates and separates guys from the puck. He sees the ice well and can move the puck through traffic."
In addition to Zacha, here are three other players to watch in the OHL: