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2011 NHL Entry Draft

Larsson has look of top 2011 Entry Draft pick

Wednesday, 09.22.2010 / 2:27 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Two years ago, a giant Swedish defenseman with high-end skills shot to top of every team's draft board.

The feat is about to be repeated this season, as Adam Larsson has wowed scouts and already is just as highly regarded a draft prospect as Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman, who was the second pick of the 2009 Entry Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound defenseman isn't quite as big or physical as the 6-6, 230-pound Hedman, but scouts see Larsson as having a higher top-end offensively than the gifted Hedman.

"He is a leader on and off the ice," NHL Director of European Scoring Goran Stubb told NHL.com. "A big, strong, all-round top prospect who we will most probably rank as No. 1 in Europe. He has excellent hockey sense, size and strength. He is dominating the game when on ice. He has a very high overall skill level, is a great playmaker and uses his size and strength very well. In other words, a more or less complete package and a new Hedman."

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Top amateur scouts already into draft mode

Wednesday, 09.15.2010 / 9:40 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- While the Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament provided a glimpse into the not-so-distant future for eight teams, it's never too early to break out the crystal ball to start thinking about the next wave of draft-eligible stars.
 
Fortunately, two of the very best at doing just that were on hand at Center Ice Arena.
 
Al Murray and Hakan Andersson may not receive the same notoriety as, say, a Steve Yzerman or Ken Holland. But make no mistake, their services have become an invaluable resource to the building of a perennial contender.
 
Murray served as Hockey Canada's head scout for three years before Yzerman, the Lightning's new general manager, hired him as Tampa Bay's director of amateur scouting in August.

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Expect Ambroz to earn a first-round nod in '11

Tuesday, 09.07.2010 / 12:40 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The faster the 2011 Entry Draft gets here, the harder it will be to ignore the soaring stock of forward Seth Ambroz.

The 6-foot-3, 202-pound "freak" -- the words of Omaha Lancers coach Bliss Littler  -- has grown right before our eyes, and it seems no one is going to stand in his way of fulfilling Ambroz's lifelong dream of being drafted by an NHL team.

In the meantime, Ambroz will look to improve on an already impressive resume that included a pretty eventful 2009-10 season. He led the U.S. Under-17 team to a 3-0-0 record with 5 goals at the 2009 Four Nations Cup and earned a silver medal for Team USA at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial during the summer.

"There were great players out there and it was fun going overseas, but we just couldn't pull it out in the end -- we'll see a lot of those players again some time," Ambroz told NHL.com.
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