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Islanders Draft Central Day 27: Phillip Danault & Fredrik Claesson

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Phillip Danault, a left wing for Victoriaville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Fredrik Claesson, a defenseman for Djurgarden, are ranked twenty-seventh on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.
Phillip Danault

North American Skater
Victoriaville, QMJHL
Final Rank:  27 Midterm Rank:  23
Position:  Left Wing
Shoots:  Left
Height:  6'0" Weight:  170
Born:  February 24, 1993 
Hometown:  Victoriaville, QC, CAN
Fredrik Claesson
European Skater
Djurgarden, SWEDEN
Final Rank:  27 Midterm Rank:  27
Position:  Defenseman
Shoots:  Left
Height:  6'0" Weight:  198
Born:  November 24, 1992
Hometown:  Stockholm, 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)

Isles Scout Mario Saraceno
On Phillip Danault - Danault was captain of his team in Victoriaville. He plays a fast and intense two-way game. He’s still frail and not yet very strong, but he rarely shies away from traffic and is an effective overall checker. He shows good leadership qualities, but has average offensive upside and potential.

Isles Scout Vellu Kautonen
On Fredrik Claesson - Claesson is a steady two-way defenseman. He’s a mobile player who gives accurate and crisp breakout passes.
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
Victoriaville Tigres

If the Islanders select Phillip Danault, he will be the second player drafted by the franchise who played junior hockey for the Victoriaville Tigres. Kevin Poulin was selected by the Isles 126th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Poulin began his professional career this past season, dressing in 15 games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He then broke into the NHL with his first career call-up on Jan. 4 (leading all BST goalies in wins (10), GAA (2.13), SV% (.931) and shutouts (2).

Two days later, Poulin made an unexpected NHL debut, winning the game after playing 53:43 of relief action. The goaltender also earned a win in his first NHL start, but a month later suffered a season-ending knee injury, which required surgery.

He will attend Islanders Training Camp this fall.

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