Islanders 2012 Draft Central - Pontus Aberg and Andrei Vasilevski
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Pontus Aberg Djurgardens IF, SEL (Sweden)
Andrei Vasilevski Tolpar Ufa, MHL (Russia)
Pontus Aberg posted 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 47 games with Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League in 2011-12, his first season in Sweden’s top league. The Stockholm native is very fast, and is more prone to shooting than passing. Although Djurgarden was relegated into Sweden’s second division, the 5’11”, 194-pound winger showed the ability to contribute in the professional ranks and will probably continue his development overseas for the next year or two.
The top goaltending prospect on our list, Andrei Vasilevski played junior hockey for Tolpar Ufa in Russia the last two seasons. However, more fans will recognize him from his international play, as he has been starting in goal for Russia in junior competition since he was 15 years old. Vasilevski’s shining moment was at the 2012 World Junior tournament, where he posted a 2.01 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage in five games. Despite his 6’3”, 204-pound frame, Vasilevski has quick lateral mobility, and has scouts impressed with his athleticism and ability to get into the butterfly position.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Pontus Aberg has a good mind for the game and it showed early this year in the Swedish Elite League. He has good hands and a good skill set.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Andrei Vasilevski has good size in the net and he positions himself well. He has the ability to win games all by himself.
Goran Stubb, NHL Director of European Scouting He's a big guy with excellent size and that helps him cover the net very well. His angles and positional play are excellent and he has very good instincts, reads the game well. He's a game-winning goalie.