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EUROPEAN SKATERS

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
A look at where they rank in the '06 Draft

There are over 500 hopefuls in the NHL Entry Draft this year and only 210 picks scattered between the 30 clubs in the league. In an attempt to cut through the clutter, the NHL's Central Scouting Service ranks the top players eligible to be drafted in four different categories: European Goalies, European Skaters, North American Goalies and North American Skaters.

 

Here's Central Scouting's top-30 European skaters eligible for this year's draft:

 

RANKPLAYERLEAGUETEAMPOSBIRTHHTWT
1NICKLAS BACKSTROMSWEBRYNASC11/23/876-0183
2MICHAEL FROLIKCZEKLADNOC/W2/17/886-1185
3JIRI TLUSTYCZEKLADNOC/W3/16/886-0196
4YURI ALEXANDROVRUSCHEREPOVETSD6/24/886-0185
5TOMAS KANACZEVITKOVICEC11/29/876-0202
6ARTEM ANISIMOVRUS 2YAROSLAVL 2C5/24/886-3187
7ALEXANDER VASYUNOVRUS 2YAROSLAVL 2LW4/22/886-0189
8PATRIK BERGLUNDSWE Jr.VASTERASC6/2/886-4187
9ANDREI POPOVRUS Siv 1CHELJABINSKW7/15/886-0187
10JONAS AHNELOVSWE Jr.FROLUNDAD12/11/886-3205
11VLADIMIR ZHARKOVRUS 2CSKA 2RW1/10/886-0187
12DAVID KVETONCZEVSETINRW1/3/885-11180
13TIMO SEPPANENFIN Jr.IFKD7/22/876-1209
14DENNIS PERSSONSWEVASTERASD6/2/886-1181
15VALERY ZHUKOVRUS Div. 1NOVGOROD NIZHNYD2/8/886-2191
16IGOR MUSATOVRUS 2SPARTAK 2LW9/23/876-1180
17DAVID RUZICKACZE Jr.KLADNOD3/8/886-3178
18JESSE JOENSUUFINASSATW10/5/876-4207
19JURAJ SIMEKSWISS Jr.KLOTENW9/29/876-1189
20IGOR MAKAROVRUS Div. 1KRYLJARW9/19/876-1183
21MARTIN LATALCZE Jr.KLADNORW3/17/885-11174
22JAN MURSAKCZE Jr.BUDEJOVICELW1/20/885-11167
23DENIS KAZIONOVRUSTVERLW11/8/876-3187
24JAN-MIKAEL JUUTILAINENFIN Jr.JOKERITC1/5/885-11183
25NIKOLAI KULEMINRUSMAGNITOGORSKLW7/14/866-0201
26TOMAS MARCINKOSVK Jr.KOSICEC4/11/886-4187
27ROBERT NYHOLMFIN Jr.IFKRW3/7/886-1194
28TONY LAGERSTROMSWE Jr.SODERTALJEC7/19/886-1189
29ROBIN FIGRENSWE Jr.FROLUNDAWW3/7/885-11176
30VIKTOR TIKHONOV RUS Div. 1DMITROVC5/12/886-2180

 

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NORTH AMERICAN SKATERS

 

 

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