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Meet the Prospects, Vol. 3

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.

OLIVER EKMAN-LARSSON

Pos: Defenseman        Shoots: Left
Height: 6’2’’                   Weight: 176
Born: July 17, 1991 in Karlskrona, Sweden
Current Team: Leksand (Swe-2)
Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: #4 European Skater

Oliver Ekman-Larsson
THE SKINNY
Ekman-Larsson played in 39 Allsvenskan (the second-highest league in Sweden) games this season, registering three goals and 14 assists for 17 points with Leksand. He also led the league with a +44 rating in his rookie year.

Ekman-Larsson, or “OEL”, played on the top defensive unit at the 2009 Under-18 World Junior Championships. He recorded eight points (2-6-8) and a +3 rating in six games.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“A confident player, OEL is a great skater with great stops and starts and very good mobility. He is a defensively intelligent player whose head is on a swivel, and has the hand-eye coordination to steal and intercept passes. Ekman-Larsson has great transitionally offensive ability and can start the rush effectively and quickly. He finished second in scoring by defensemen during the (U18 WJC) tournament with eight points in six games, but didn’t play much in the fifth-place game.”
-International Scouting Services

“A very mobile defenseman with an impressive skating technique. Ekman-Larsson is blessed with good hockey sense, soft hands and impressive puck control. He is furthermore a good passer. Could improve his release.”
-EliteProspect.com

“He has improved a ton in just the time I was with him in Leksand. He’s a great skater with very good hands and makes smart plays with the puck. He has a lot of potential, but probably the most impressive thing about his game is his patience and calmness when he has the puck. He sometimes makes things look effortless. It’s really impressive to see how calm and mature he looks on the ice. You forget he’s only 17 years old.”
-Leksand teammate Kevin Doell, as quoted in Hockey's Future

“He has had great development this year. I don’t see many weaknesses. The only thing is that he needs to get stronger I think. I think he will go very high in the draft…I think he has more offensive skills, but I think he’s doing alright. I saw him a lot this year with the senior players. When he played with the seniors, he played very mature and did OK in the defensive zone. In our team, he has a bigger role. But he’s able to do both."
-Team Sweden Under-18 Head Coach Stephan Lundh, as quoted in Hockey's Future

TIM ERIXON

Pos: Defenseman        Shoots: Left
Height: 6’2’’                  Weight: 190
Born: February 24, 1991 in Port Chester, NY, United States
Current Team: Skelleftea (SEL)
Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: #5 European Skater

Tim Erixon
THE SKINNY
Erixon has played in 47 career SEL games, totaling two goals and five assists for seven points in two seasons with Skelleftea. He has also skated in 45 games with Skelleftea’s junior team, recording 30 points (5-25-30) and 90 penalty minutes in those contests.

Erixon has competed for Sweden on three occasions. He was the highest scoring defensemen on Team Sweden during the Under-18 World Championships and also suited up for Sweden’s Under-20 squad. In 2007, Erixon won a gold medal with Sweden at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Slovakia.

Tim is the son of former NHL and SEL forward, Jan Erixon.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
"He's very mature and took a big step forward this year. He wasn't with us last year for the U18. (Him and Oliver Ekman-Larsson are) pretty close to the same. Tim is better on defense because he’s a little bit bigger and has a good reach. They have the same skills offensively, are very good at the blue line and have a good shot too.”
-Team Sweden Under-18 Head Coach Stephan Lundh, as quoted in Hockey's Future

“He’s a copy of his dad.”
-Director of NHL European Scouting Goran Stubb

“An offensive minded defenseman with good size and mobility. Erixon has first-class hockey sense and passes the puck well. Moves the puck with confidence and likes to join the rush when he gets the chance to. Could use some work with his defensive game.”
-EliteProspects.com

Coming Saturday, May 30th: Scott Glennie and Matthew Hackett

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