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Meet the Prospects, Vol. 13

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.


DAVID RUNDBLAD

Pos: Defenseman        Shoots: Right
Height: 6’2’’                   Weight: 189
Born: October 8, 1990 in Lycksele, Sweden
Current Team: Skelleftea (SEL)
Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: #6 European Skater

David Rundblad
THE SKINNY
Rundblad has appeared in 51 career SEL games, recording 10 assists and 10 penalty minutes in parts of two seasons with Skelleftea. He has also played in 45 games with Skelleftea’s junior team, racking up 19 goals and 22 assists for 41 points and 46 penalty minutes in those contests.

Rundblad has twice competed for Team Sweden at international tournaments. He earned one assist in six games at the 2008 Under-18 World Junior Championships. He also registered two points (1-1-2) and a +3 rating as Sweden captured a silver medal at the 2009 World Junior Championships.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“A smooth-skating defenseman who played well during the SEL playoffs and was awarded best D-man at the Under-19 4-Nations Tournament in Russia. He loves to jump up in the play and moves well all over the ice. He has good vision and is able to make the first pass. His game has gotten better while the year has progressed.”
-International Scouting Services

“Has been performing very well while taking a regular shift in the SEL playoffs for Skelleftea, cutting down on defensive mistakes and maintaining his offensive aggression.”
-Red Line Report


BRAYDEN SCHENN

Pos: Center            Shoots: Left
Height: 6’0’’            Weight: 198
Born: August 22, 1991 in Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Current Team: Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: #4 North American Skater

Brayden Schenn
THE SKINNY
Schenn has played in 136 career WHL games, compiling 60 goals and 99 assists for 159 points in two seasons with Brandon. He has also skated in 18 playoff games with the Wheat Kings, recording 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points and 26 penalty minutes.

Schenn led Brandon, and finished seventh in the WHL, with 88 points (32-56-88) in 2008-09. He also ranked ninth in the league in assists and earned a spot on the WHL Second All-Star Team. In January 2009, he was awarded the H.L. (Kung) Crawford Memorial Medal for his athletic achievement in Western Manitoba.

Schenn was named WHL Rookie of the Year in 2007-08 after compiling 71 points (28-43-71) in 66 games. He became the first 16-year-old rookie since 1971 to lead Wheat Kings in scoring. He also won two gold medals representing Team Canada in 2008 (Under-18 World Championships, Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament).

Brayden is the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs defensemen Luke Schenn, who was selected fifth overall by Toronto in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“Brayden is of the power-forward ilk. He has learned a little about the NHL from his older brother Luke Schenn and he knows how to go to the net. He is a threat to score at all times on the ice and dishes the puck very effectively to his linemates in getting the amount of assists that he does. He takes the puck to the net with the kind of authority that a Jonathan Cheechoo does, yet has puck dishing capacities that maybe a Joe Thornton does. Both are tough players, both are tough to move out in front of the net and Brayden fits that ilk perfectly.”
-Director of NHL Central Scouting E.J. McGuire

“Brayden is a very complete player. He is a leader, strong physically, competitive, with a very high skill level. He has great vision, and a great release on passes and shots.”
-Brandon Head Coach and GM Kelly McCrimmon


CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO PROFILE OF BRAYDEN SCHENN
 

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