Throughout the week, PhiladelphiaFlyers.com has profiled the Top Players as ranked by NHL Central Scouting on both the North American and European Skaters lists. Today wraps up the fifth ranked players on both sides:
MICHAEL RASMUSSEN (Center)
TEAM: Tri-City Americans - WHL
BIRTHDATE: April 17, 1999
BIRTHPLACE: Vancouver, British Columbia
VITALS: 6'6", 215 pounds
At 6-foot-6, the recently turned 18-year-old led The Tri-City Americans in power-play goals (15) last season and finished second with 32 goals in total. He also recorded 55 points (32g-23a) in just 50 regular season games, which included a four-goal performance in the season opener for Tri-City.
As a 16-year-old rookie in 2015-16, he had 18 goals and 43 points in 63 games in the WHL. He has represented Canada internationally at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, where he had four points (1g-3a) in four games.
NHL Central Scouting notes the increased role and continued point production is a big reason why he is ranked among the top prospects.
"He's playing with much more confidence this season. He's adapted to playing a bigger role and playing heavy minutes against opponents' top lines and defense. The game has slowed down for him a little bit and he's just that much more poised. He can take that extra bit of time and understands he can take that time to make plays and score goals."
INTERVIEW & TESTING HIGHLIGHTS FROM RASMUSSEN AT THE COMBINE
Video: Rasmussen discusses meeting fans, media
MARTIN NECAS (Center)
TEAM: BRNO - CZ-REP
BIRTHDATE: January 15, 1999
BIRTHPLACE: Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic
VITALS: 6'0", 167 pounds
Pronounced, neh-CHAHS, the Czech center began the season in the Extraliga, Czech's top pro league, as a 17-year-old and recorded 15 points (7g-8a) in 41 regular season games.
Necas is yet another prospect who capped off his season with a league Championship. He added four goals in 10 playoff games en route to the title.
Internationally, He recorded three assists in five games for the Czechs in the Under-18 Worlds, while also participating for the Czech Republic in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships where he recorded three points (1g-2a) in five games.
TSN draft analyst, Craig Button, like his style of play and even compares him to a current Flyer:
"I see a lot of Claude Giroux. He can finish a play, he can make a play, he's really smart and he's also really competitive."
That wraps up the week-long look at the top prospects. For a closer look at the #1-4 ranked players see below:
Monday - #1's (Patrick & Kostin).
Tuesday -#2's (Hischier & Pettersson)
Wednesday - #3's (Mittelstadt & Andersson)
Thursday - #4's (Vilardi & Heiskanen)
For more on the Flyers Draft, check out DRAFT CENTRAL