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Islanders Draft Central Day 28: Matthew Puempel & Sergei Shmelev

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Matthew Puempel, a left wing for Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League, and Sergei Shmelev, a left wing forMytischi 2 , are ranked twenty-eighth on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.
Matthew Puempel

North American Skater
Peterborough, OHL
Final Rank:  28 Midterm Rank:  29
Position:  Left Wing
Shoots:  Left
Height:  6'0" Weight:  196
Born:  January 24, 1993 
Hometown:  Windsor, ON, CAN
Sergei Shmelev
European Skater
Mytischi 2, RUSSIA-JR.
Final Rank:  28 Midterm Rank:  44
Position:  Left Wing
Shoots:  Left
Height:  5' 10" Weight:  161
Born:  August 28, 1993
Hometown:  Russia

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)

Isles Scout Tim MacLean
On Matthew Puempel - Puempel is a goal scorer who had his year end early after having hip surgery. He carried a very weak team offensively and had 34 goals in 55 games. He has a very hard shot and good release and will take the puck to the net. He has very good offensive instincts, but he needs to work on his overall quickness and his defensive game.
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
Peterborough Petes

If the Islanders select Matthew Puempel, he will be the second player drafted by the franchise who played junior hockey for the Peterborough Petes. Evgeny Korolev was selected by the Isles 102nd overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Korolev, a defenseman, dressed for his NHL debut in 1999-00, then went on to split three seasons between the Islanders and their minor league affiliate (the Lowell Lock Monsters, Louisville Panthers and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers). In 42 NHL games, Korolev posted one goal, four assists and 20 penalty minutes.


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