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Meet the Prospects, Vol. 11

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

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.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Some of the "What They're Saying" quotes are from Hockey's Future.

DMITRI ORLOV

Dmitri Orlov

Pos: Defenseman        Shoots: Left
Height: 6’0’’                   Weight: 197
Born: July 23, 1991 in Novokuznetsk, Russia
Current Team: Novokuznetsk Metallurgists (KHL)
Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking:
#9 European Skater


THE SKINNY
Orlov has played in 22 career Russian Superleague/KHL games, recording one goal and four penalty minutes in parts of two seasons with Novokuznetsk.

Orlov has represented Russia twice during international play. He first played at the Under-18 World Junior Championships in 2008, when he earned one assist and a +3 rating in six games. Earlier this season, Orlov again skated for his home country at the Under-18 World Junior Championships, recording four points (2-2-4) and a +7 rating to help Russia earn a silver medal.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“Smallish defender has outstanding puck skills and makes great decisions in all three zones. Could be a nice power-play specialist.”
-Red Line Report

MAGNUS PAAJARVI-SVENSSON

Pos: Left Wing            Shoots: Left
Height: 6’1’’                Weight: 201
Born: April 12, 1991 in Norrkoping, Sweden
Current Team: Timra (SEL)
Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: #2 European Skater

Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson

THE SKINNY
Paajarvi-Svensson has played in 85 career SEL games, compiling eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points in two seasons with Timra. He has also skated in 19 games with Timra’s junior team, scoring seven goals and adding 15 assists for 22 points in those contests. Paajarvi-Svensson made his debut in the Swedish Elite League as a 16-year-old, making him the fourth-youngest player in SEL history.

He won back-to-back silver medals with Team Sweden at the World Junior Championships. In 2009, he scored seven points (2-5-7) in six games. In 2008, he became the youngest Swede to compete in the World Junior Championships and youngest overall player since Sidney Crosby debuted in 2004. Other 16-year-olds to play in the tournament include: Wayne Gretzky, Jason Spezza, Eric Lindros, and former Islanders Janne Niinimaa and Robert Reichel.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“Magnus perhaps is the stereotype of the skilled Swede coming over here in recent years – outside speed extraordinaire, ability to freeze defenders and make all his good moves work even more effectively. He was a good contributor to his team at the World Junior tournament and I think will be an essential member of any NHL team in years to come. He showed, at the World Junior championships, why the 1980 comparisons to Mats Naslund, Kent Nilsson and more recently a Peter Forsberg will follow him over to his NHL team. He’ll be a high draft pick and I’m sure he’s going to be a combination of the kind of offensive flare and skills that have made those other three predecessors great NHL players.”
-Director of NHL Central Scouting E.J. McGuire

“The sky is the limit for Magnus. He’s a very skilled and creative player. Magnus is a player who has a good attitude and does his best every game and practice. He wants to improve and he likes the challenge.”
-Timra Head Coach Stephan Lundh, as quoted in Hockey's Future

Coming Sunday, June 7th: Richard Panik and Toni Rajala


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Click here to read Volume 4 — Scott Glennie and Matt Hackett

Click here to read Volume 5 — Victor Hedman and Marcus Johansson

 
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