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Islanders Draft Central Day 7: Miikka Salomaki, Sven Baertschi

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Sven Baertschi, a left wing for Portland of the Western Hockey League, and Miikka Salomaki, a right wing for Karpat, are ranked seventh on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.

draft profiles
Sven Baertschi
North American Skater
Portland, WHL
Final Rank:  7
Midterm Rank:  6
Position:  Left Wing
Shoots:  Left
Height:  5'10" Weight:  181
Born:  October 5, 1992
Hometown:  Langenthal, CHE
Miikka Salomaki
European Skater
Final Rank:  7 Midterm Rank:  7
Position:  Right Wing
Shoots:  Left
Height:  5'11" Weight:  198
Born:  March 9, 1993
Hometown:  Raahe, FIN

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)

Islanders Scout Trent Klatt
On Sven Baertschi - Baertschi is a gifted one-on-one player. He has strong ability to beat guys with his skill. He competes hard and is an energetic player.

NHL Central Scouting's Blair MacDonald
On Sven Baertschi - Baertschi is a finesse player. He has very quick hands and is a deft puckhandler. His radar vision probably makes him the best in the WHL at distributing the puck.

Portland head coach Mike Johnston
On Sven Baertschi - Quick, skilled, very fast type of player... I don't think anyone can stay on the ice as long as he does. We have to tell him to get off the ice 45 minutes after practice ends. He stays out there forever to work on his game. He works on inside-outside moves, quick shots and little foot movement.

Islanders Scout Vellu Kautonen
On Miikka Salomaki - Salomaki is a hard working two-way center who likes to play physical. He’s already very strong.
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

Western Hockey League
Portland Winterhawks

The Portland Winterhawks are one of five teams in the WHL who play in the United States. They have been Memorial Cup Champions twice, with their most recent championship coming during the 1997-98 season. This past season, the Winterhawks won the U.S. Division before moving on to the WHL playoffs, where they lost in the Conference finals to the Kootenay Ice.

The most recent Winterhawk selected by the Islanders was Nino Neiderreriter (2010, 5th overall). If drafted by the Islanders, Sven Baertschi would be the fourth player chosen out of Portland, joining Neiderreriter, Jeff Finley (1985, 55th overall) and Richard Kromm (1982, 37th overall).

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