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NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings: European Goaltenders - 1-5

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
1 Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa (RUS-JR)

Born: July 25, 1994

Born In: Tyumen, RUS

Catches: Left

GP: 27   GAA: 2.23   SV%: .931
LOWDOWN: While the tournament didn't the way he would have liked, Vasilevski was the key reason Russia made it to the gold medal game at the World Juniors, recording an incredibly impressive .953 save percentage and 2.01 GAA in five games. He performed extremely well during the 2011-12 campaign, posting a .931 save percentage and a 2.23 GAA with Ufa Tolpar. Known for his compete level, Vasilevski battles very hard and never gives up on a shot. His athleticism has also been lauded with those who have seen him play on regular basis noting how well he moves for a netminder with such a large frame (6-foot-3, 204 lbs.).

2 Oscar Dansk, Brynas (SWE-JR)

Born: February 28, 1994

Born In: Stockholm, SWE

Catches: Left

GP: 28  GAA: 2.82   SV%: .910
LOWDOWN: Dansk has participated in plenty of international tournaments during his junior career, giving scouts a good read on his style and skill set. He helped lead Sweden to a gold medal at the Five Nations tournament and was solid in the World Jr. A Challenge. In 28 games with Brynas, Dansk recorded a 2.82 GAA and a .910 save percentage. The Stockholm product is a butterfly goalie with excellent lateral speed and core balance. His athleticism has also been praised. Dansk is used to the North American style of game as he played prep hockey at Stattuck-St. Mary's in Minnesota for three years.

3 Joonas Korpisalo, Jokerit (FIN-JR)

Born: April 28, 1994

Born In: Pori, FIN

Catches: Left

GP: 38   GAA: 2.04   SV%: .920
LOWDOWN: Korpisalo was named Jokerit's starting netminder this season and his solid performance with the club earned him the Jorma Valtonen Award as the best goalie in Finnish junior hockey. During the postseason, Korpisalo suited up for four games, posting a 3-1 record which included one shutout. His playoff GAA sat at 1.77 while his save percentage was .927. He also handled the majority of the goaltending duties for Finland at the U18 World Junior Championships, going 3-3 with a 3.02 GAA and a .902 save percentage. He recorded a shutout in the tournament in which Finland placed fourth overall.

4 Jean Auren, Sport (FIN-JR)

Born: March 20, 1994

Born In: Krunupyy, FIN

Catches: Left

GP: 26   GAA: 3.49   SV%: .878
LOWDOWN: After playing nine games with them in the 2010-11 season, Auren saw a drastic increase in playing time with Sport Vaasa this year. He suited up for 26 games with the club, recording a 3.49 GAA and a .878 save percentage with two shutouts to his name. He played for Finland during the 2012 U18 World Championships, playing in two games.

5 Marek Langhamer, Pardubice (CZREP-JR)

Born: July 22, 1994

Born In: Pisek, CZE

Catches: Left

GP: 33   GAA: 3.29   SV%:  .909
LOWDOWN: While the U18 World Championships didn't go the way he would have liked, Langhamer has scouts intrigued thanks to his technically-sound style of play, refusal to quit on shots and his foot speed. He moves very quickly and is able to get in position to make solid saves on rebound attempts. Langhamer is also known for his positioning and covering angles very well.
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