Newyorkislanders.com will take a look at the top 30 prospects for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, as ranked by NHL Central Scouting. We will look at the top 15 North American players and the top 15 European players, in alphabetical order.
Pos: Defenseman Shoots: Left
Height: 6’2’’ Weight: 189
Born: November 19, 1990 in Chicago, IL, United States
Current Team: Chicago Steel (USHL)
Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: #6 North American Skater
|John Moore |
Moore has skated in 113 career USHL games, recording 18 goals and 36 assists for 54 points in two seasons with Chicago. He has also played in seven playoff games with the Steel, notching two assists and two penalty minutes.
Moore was named USHL Defenseman of the Year in 2008-09 after finishing fourth overall in scoring by a blueliner with 39 points (14-25-39) in 57 games. He became Chicago’s captain mid-season after previous leader Mike Walsh had season-ending shoulder surgery. Moore enters the 2009 NHL Entry Draft as the highest-ranked USHL player by Central Scouting.
Moore appeared in his first international hockey experience with Team USA at the 2008 World ‘A’ Challenge. He had two assists in five games as Team USA captured the gold medal.
Moore will attend Colorado College in the fall.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“I watched John Moore as an underage player and I knew he was a must see player for this year; he hasn’t disappointed me one bit. His first two strides are like Paul Coffey and he has been labeled as a world-class skater. He is poised with the puck, he gets his shots through to the net and he has gotten a lot stronger this season. He resembles (Calgary Flames) defenseman Jordan Leopold and, similar to Leopold at the same age, he needs to get a little bit better at playing more aggressive and more physical, but John is going to be a one-two defenseman in the NHL.”
-NHL Central Scouting’s Jack Barzee
“John is a true leader that approaches the game as a player that needs to get better every day. His skills combined with his skating ability are what set him apart from the rest. He continues to grow and mature as a player and leader and continues to improve his overall game each day he comes to the rink…John is a gifted skater with tremendous skill that allows him to create time and space with the puck and offensive opportunities. He passes the puck like a pro and has a big time shot as well…His defensive zone play and reading defensive rushes are the main areas in his game that he needs to continue to work on and improve on.”
-Chicago Steel Head Coach Steven R. Poapst
Pos: Center Shoots: Right
Height: 6’2’’ Weight: 183
Born: January 3, 1991 in Jamsa, Finland
Current Team: Espoo Blues (SM-Liiga)
Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: #10 European Skater
|Joonas Nattinen |
Nattinen has played in 14 career SM-Liiga games, going scoreless with four penalty minutes during one season with Espoo. He has also skated in 38 junior games with the Blues and Jyp, compiling nine goals and 31 assists for 40 points.
Nattinen has represented Finland twice in international play. He earned four points (2-2-4) and eight penalty minutes during the 2008 Under-18 World Junior Championships. Nattinen also participated in the 2009 World Junior Championships, scoring one goal and adding two assists for three points in six games.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“What makes the right-shooting center an impressive prospect is his offensive instincts and playmaking ability.”
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