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Islanders Draft Central Day 20: Tomas Jurco & Viktor Arvidsson

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Tomas Jurco, a right wing for Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Viktor Arvidsson, a left wing for Skelleftea Jr., are ranked twentieth on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.
Tomas Jurco

North American Skater
Saint John, QMJHL
Final Rank:  20 Midterm Rank:  24
Position:  Right Wing
Shoots:  Left
Height:  6'2" Weight:  187
Born:  December 28, 1992
Hometown:  Kosice, SVK
Viktor Arvidsson
European Skater
Skelleftea Jr., SWE-JR.
Final Rank:  20 Midterm Rank:  31
Position:  Left Wing
Shoots:  Right
Height:  5'8" Weight:  165
Born:  April 8, 1993
Hometown:  Skelleftea, 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)

Isles Scout Mario Saraceno
On Tomas Jurco - Jurco helped the St. John Sea Dogs win the QMJHL Championship before the team went on to win the MasterCard Memorial Cup. He has lots of skills, abilities and potential. He shoots left, but plays the off wing and has enough size, strength, balance and hands in order to beat a defender in 1-on-1 situations. He needs to become more consistent and assertive.

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Bordeleau
On Tomas Jurco - He's a very good skater with size and excellent puck skills. He has all the tools of a first-round draft pick.

Saint John head coach Gerard Gallant
On Tomas Jurco - He does different things at practice some guys would view it as being cocky, but Tomas does it because he wants to score a goal doing it. I just tell him to do what he feels comfortable doing. We're not here to show up anybody, but if that's the move you think you could score a goal with, do it. He's done pretty well in shootouts … he has stick handling and eye coordination to make those great plays. He's a big-bodied guy with a great skill level and competes really hard.

Isles Scout Vellu Kautonen
On Viktor Arvidsson - Arvidsson is a smaller skilled winger. He has good puck skills and nifty moves to beat defensemen in 1-on-1 situations.
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

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Saint John Sea Dogs

The Saint John Sea Dogs entered the QMJHL as an expansion team in 2005. Quickly, they have become a powerhouse, winning the 2011 Memorial Cup, the highest junior hockey honor.

Tomas Jurco was part of that 2010-11 Sea Dogs team. If he is selected by the Islanders in this year's draft, Jurco will be the first Sea Dogs skater to enter the Islanders system.

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