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Islanders Draft Central Day 16: Mark Scheifele & Alexander Ruuttu

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Mark Scheifele, a center for Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League, and Alexander Ruuttu, a center for Jokerit Jr., are ranked sixteenth on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.
Mark Scheifele

North American Skater
Barrie, OHL
Final Rank:  16
Midterm Rank:  21
Position:  Center
Shoots:  Right
Height:  6'2" Weight:  182
Born:  March 15, 1993
Hometown:  Kitchener, ON, CAN
Alexander Ruuttu
European Skater
Jokerit Jr., FINLAND-JR.
Final Rank:  16 Midterm Rank:  41
Position:  Center
Shoots:  Right
Height:  6'1" Weight:  183
Born:  December 9, 1992
Hometown:  Chicago, IL, USA

Each day as we get closer to the June 24 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, MN, the Islanders Draft Central will update with a new North American and European player profile. Below, each of the top 30 North American and European prospects will be listed.
May 26, 2011 - 30th in CSS Ranking
Rickard Rakell (North American)
Alessio Bertaggia (European)
May 27, 2011 - 29th in CSS Ranking
Alexander Khokhlachev (North American)
Adam Pettersson (European)
May 28, 2011 - 28th in CSS Ranking
Matthew Puempel (North American)
Sergei Shmelev (European)
May 29, 2011 - 27th in CSS Ranking
Phillip Danault (North American)
Fredrik Claesson (European)
May 30, 2011 - 26th in CSS Ranking
Shane Prince (North American)
Sergei Barbashev (European)
May 31, 2011 - 25th in CSS Ranking
Connor Murphy (North American)
Alexei Marchenko (European)
June 1, 2011 - 24th in CSS Ranking
Scott Mayfield (North American) | VIDEO
Johan Sundstrom (European)
June 2, 2011 - 23rd in CSS Ranking
Jonathan Miller (North American)
Klas Dahlbeck (European)
June 3, 2011 - 22nd in CSS Ranking
Tyler Biggs (North American) | VIDEO
Victor Berglind (European)
June 4, 2011 - 21st in CSS Ranking
Nicklas Jensen (North American)
William Karlsson (European)
June 5, 2011 - 20th in CSS Ranking
Tomas Jurco (North American) | VIDEO
Viktor Arvidsson (European)
June 6, 2011 - 19th in CSS Ranking
Brandon Saad (North American) | VIDEO
Joel Mustonen (European)
June 7, 2011 - 18th in CSS Ranking
Boone Jenner (North American)
Zakhar Arzamastsev (European)
June 8, 2011 - 17th in CSS Ranking
Ty Rattie (North American)
Nikita Kucherov (European)

Islanders Scout Tim MacLean
On Mark Scheifele - Scheifele is a big lanky guy who improved a lot as the year progressed. He ended the year playing for Team Canada at the World Under-18 tournament. He was the offensive leader for a very poor Barrie team and showed solid playmaking ability. He came a long way this year.

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards
On Mark Scheifele - Mark protects the puck very well and will take it to the net while fighting through checks. He's got a great work ethic. His Barrie Colts have struggled this season and he has been relied upon to provide offense. He sees the ice very well and his playmaking ability is very good. He gets back quickly and works hard defensively.

Barrie head coach Dale Hawerchuk
On Mark Scheifele - The opportunity was there for him (this season) and he ran with it. . . . He's great. Everybody loves being around Scheif, he comes in smiling every day, can't wait to get on the ice. That's infectious to everybody. And that's how you want it to be.

Islanders Scout Vellu Kautonen
On Alexander Ruuttu - Ruuttu has a good frame and reads the game well. He has good blood lines as his father, Christian Ruuttu, is a former NHL player who played for Buffalo, Chicago and Vancouver.

1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Colorado Avalanche
3. Florida Panthers
4. New Jersey Devils
5. New York Islanders
Round 1 - 5th overall
Round 2 -
34th overall
Round 2 -
50th overall
(from Wisniewski deal to Montreal)
Round 3 -
63rd overall
(from 4th round 2010 draft selection dealt to Colorado)
Round 4 -
94th overall
Round 5 -
124th overall
Round 5 -
126th overall
(from two 6th round 2010 draft picks dealt to Atlanta)
Round 7 -
184th overall

Ontario Hockey League
Barrie Colts

Since the team’s inception in 1995, the Barrie Colts became the first team to make the playoffs in its inaugural season. The team has also never missed the postseason in its history. The Colts became OHL Champions during the 1999-2000 season after winning the J. Ross Robertson Cup.

If the Islanders select Mark Scheifele, he would be the only player drafted from the Colts, as no other player has been selected from that team in Islanders history.

Finland Jr.
Jokerit Jr.

The Islanders have chosen 10 players from SM-liiga, formerly SM-sarja, in Finland. If selected, Alexander Ruuttu would join Sean Bergenheim (2002, 22nd overall) as the only other player chosen from Jokerit-Helsinki.

Ruuttu would also be the only American-born player drafted from a European league in the Islanders existence. The only other North American-born player chosen by the Islanders from a European league was Canadian-born Robert Nilsson (2003, 15th overall) out of Leksands IF of the Swedish Elite League.

Ruuttu, like Nilsson, has NHL blood, as both of their fathers played in the NHL. Alexander’s father, Christian, spent time with the Chicago Blackhawks, at which time Alexander was born. Nilsson was born in Calgary where his father Kent was a member of the Flames.

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