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COYOTES DRAFT PREVIEW: WEDNESDAY

by Chad Lynch / Arizona Coyotes
As the Phoenix Coyotes prepare for the upcoming 2007 NHL Entry Draft, PhoenixCoyotes.com will begin daily ‘scouting reports,’ looking at a three potential draftees in a new feature titled: “Coyotes Draft Preview.”


In this installment of “Coyotes Draft Preview”, PhoenixCoyotes.com takes a closer look at the 16th, 17th & 18th ranked European Skater, as compiled by Central Scouting’s Final Rankings.

DENIS REUL
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Germany-3
Team: Heilbronn
D.O.B: June 29, 1989
Height: 6' 4”
Weight: 214 lbs.
Position: Defense
Shoots Right
Ranked: 16th among European Skaters

Notes: A pysical, playmaking defenseman...has the ability to make the big hit and uses his size to his advantage...had good containment and an excellent reach...has good mobility and a solid shot from the point...needs to improve his backwards skating.

JENS HELLGREN
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Sweden Jr.
Team: Frolunda Jr.
D.O.B: March 6, 1989
Height: 6' 3”
Weight: 187 lbs.
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Ranked: 17th among European Skaters

Notes: Scored 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in 40 games during the 2006-07 season...a smooth skating defenseman...plays with confidence and has improved his quickness...moves the puck well and has good hockey sense...effective on the power play and has a good work ethic...needs tto use his size to his advantage.

RADIM OSTRCIL
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Czech
Team: Vsetin
D.O.B: January 15, 1989
Height: 6' 0”
Weight: 194 lbs.
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Ranked: 18th among European Skaters

Notes: Registered 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) in 37 games last season...also scored 21 points (8 goals, 13 assists) in 25 games with Vsetin Jr...a playmaking defenseman...sees the ice well and can carry the puck out of danger...well positioned and effective on the power play...has good passing ability and a good, quick wrist shot...needs to improve his speed and sometimes is too offensive.

PREVIOUS PREVIEWS:
Tuesday, June 19th - European Skaters (#13, #14 & #15)
Monday, June 18th - European Skaters (#10, #11 & #12)
Sunday, June 17th - European Skaters (#5, #7 & #9)
Saturday, June 16th - North American Skaters (#26, #28), European Skater (#3)
Friday, June 15th - North American Skaters (#23, #24, #25)
Thursday, June 14th - North American Skaters (#20, #21, #22)
Wednesday, June 13th - North American Skaters (#14, #16, #18)
Tuesday, June 12th - North American Skaters (#11, #12, #13)
Monday, June 11th - North American Skaters (#8, #9, #10)
Sunday, June 10th - North American Skaters (#5, #6, #7)
Saturday, June 9th - North American Skaters (#1, #2, #3)
Friday, June 8th - European Goaltenders
Thursday, June 7th - North American Goaltenders
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