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Islanders Draft Central Day 2: Gabriel Landeskog & Mika Zibanejad

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Gabriel Landeskog, a left wing for Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League, and Mika Zibanejad, a center for Djurgarden, are ranked second on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.

draft profiles
Gabriel Landeskog
North American Skater
Kitchener, OHL
Final Rank:  2
Midterm Rank:  1
Position:  Left Wing Shoots:  Left
Height:  6'0" Weight:  207
Born:  November 23, 1992
Hometown:  Stockholm, SWE
Mika Zibanejad
European Skater
Djurgarden, SWEDEN
Final Rank:  2 Midterm Rank:  3
Position:  Center
Shoots:  Right
Height:  6'2" Weight:  191
Born:  April 18, 1993
Hometown:  Huddinge, SWE

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)
June 9, 2011 - 16th in CSS Ranking
Mark Scheifele (North American) | VIDEO
Alexander Ruuttu (European)
June 10, 2011 - 15th in CSS Ranking
Zack Phillips (North American)
Karl Johansson (European)
June 11, 2011 - 14th in CSS Ranking
Mark McNeill (North American)
Jeremy Boyce (European)
June 12, 2011 - 13th in CSS Ranking
Jamieson Oleksiak (North American)
Max Friberg (European)
June 13, 2011 - 12th in CSS Ranking
Joseph Morrow (North American) | VIDEO
Victor Rask (European)
June 14, 2011 - 11th in CSS Ranking
Vladislav Namestnikov (North American) | VIDEO
Gregory Hofmann (European)
June 15, 2011 - 10th in CSS Ranking
Duncan Siemens (North American) | VIDEO
Rasmus Bengtsson (European)
June 16, 2011 - 9th in CSS Ranking
Ryan Murphy (North American) | VIDEO
Markus Granlund (European)
June 17, 2011 - 8th in CSS Ranking
Ryan Strome (North American) | VIDEO
Joachim Nermark (European)
June 18, 2011 - 7th in CSS Ranking
Sven Baertschi (North American) | VIDEO
Miikka Salomaki (European)
June 19, 2011 - 6th in CSS Ranking
Sean Couturier (North American) | VIDEO
Oscar Klefbom (European)
June 20, 2011 - 5th in CSS Ranking
Nathan Beaulieu (North American) | VIDEO
Dmitrij Jaskin (European)
June 21, 2011 - 4th in CSS Ranking
Dougie Hamilton (North American) | VIDEO
Joel Armia (European)
June 22, 2011 - 3rd in CSS Ranking
Jonathan Huberdeau (North American) | VIDEO
Jonas Brodin (European)

Islanders Scout Tim MacLean
On Gabriel Landeskog - Landeskog is a big power forward that uses his physical frame to his advantage. He’s a very good finisher who scored 36 goals in just 53 games. He has outstanding leadership ability and is the captain of Kitchener and wore a letter for Sweden at the WJC before he was injured. He is a big hitter who is willing to drop the gloves to stand up for teammates.

NHL Central Scouting’s Peter Sullivan
On Gabriel Landeskog - Gabriel does remind me of former Kitchener Ranger (and Philadelphia Flyers captain) Mike Richards. He sticks up for his teammates and is as strong at both ends of the rink as any player in the draft this year. He competes as hard if not harder than anybody. He's got all the assets that you need to be a team leader and, for a potential No. 1 overall, that's what you would want.

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards
On Gabriel Landeskog - He is a good-size guy who is solid on his skates, not afraid to take the puck to the net or battle for it along the boards. His skating is very good in all areas. He plays the game with so much passion, he plays the game hard, he's a great mentor for players that are younger and older, maturity beyond his years. (He) doesn't need one game in the American league next year -- he should step right into the NHL. I think the team that gets him next year is going to get a player that helps them win a Stanley Cup.

Islanders Scout Vellu Kautonen
On Mika Zibanejad - Zibanejad is a good skater who likes to finish every body check. He also has good hands and an ability to score.

NHL Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb
On Mika Zibanejad - Mika's a real power forward but also has soft hands, good vision and fine skating skills. He has tremendous balance and is hard to knock off the puck. He's very strong in the battles along the boards, finishes checks with authority and has a heavy shot that he gets off quickly. Mika's a competitive player who is willing to pay the price to score a goal. He does have a very good understanding of his defensive duties.
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
Kitchener Rangers

The Kitchener Rangers have won the Memorial Cup twice, most recently in 2003. The team has also won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy seven times, awarded to the team in the OHL who finishes the regular season with the best record.

The Islanders have previously selected three players from Kitchener. If drafted by the Islanders, Gabriel Landeskog would join Garnet McKechney (1983, 37th overall), Brian Bye (1974, 232nd) and Mike Kennedy (1973, 113th overall) as the fourth Ranger to join the Islanders franchise.

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