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: Center Shoots: Left
Height: 6’0’’ Weight: 187
Born: March 2, 1991 in Stockholm, Sweden
Current Team: Djurgardens IF (SEL)
Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: #3 European Skater
|Jacob Josefson |
Josefson has played in 51 career SEL games, compiling five goals and 11 assists for 16 points in parts of two seasons with Djurgardens. He has also skated in 39 games with Djurgardens’ junior team, totaling 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points.
Josefson has represented Team Sweden several times in international play. He won a silver medal at the 2009 World Junior Championships and recorded seven points (2-5-7) and a +5 rating at the Under-18 World Championships. Josefson was also on Sweden’s Under-18 team that finished fourth at the World’s in 2008.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“He is a very good two-way player. He has a very good responsibility for his defensive duties. He’s more a playmaker, a guy who sees the ice really well, creates a lot of scoring chances with his passing skills. He’s very good with the stick and very good in traffic because he is an excellent stickhandler. He’s a smooth passer with very soft hands."
-Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb
“Josefson is among an elite band of 1991 birth-year players -- there are just three, in fact -- playing regularly in the Elitserien. He’s not that big, but he’s physically built. He looks like a player that is 25. When we were making that decision, we couldn’t look at his age, just how he was competing against the other players on the team. His strengths are that he can read the play, he’s strong with the puck, moves his feet really well and he always gets himself time when he gets the puck on his stick.”
-Djurgardens Head Coach Tomas Monten
Pos: Center Shoots: Left
Height: 6’1’’ Weight: 176
Born: August 2, 1991 in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Current Team: Vancouver Giants (WHL)
Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: #3 North American Skater
|Evander Kane |
Kane has played in 134 career WHL games, recording 73 goals and 65 assists for 138 points in three seasons with Vancouver. He has also appeared in 32 playoff games with the Giants, scoring eight goals and adding 10 assists for 18 points and 53 penalty minutes.
In 2008-09, Kane led Vancouver and ranked tied for second in the WHL with 48 goals. His 96 points (48-48-96) in 61 games ranked second on the team and fourth in the league. Kane, along with teammate Casey Pierro-Zabotel, helped lead Vancouver (57-10-5, 119 points) to a first-place finish in the Western Conference.
For his efforts, Kane was named to the WHL Western Conference First All-Star Team. He also played in the 2009 CHL Top Prospects game with Brampton center Matt Duchene and Victoriaville forward Andrej Nestrasil.
Kane recorded six points (2-4-6) to help Team Canada win a gold medal at the 2009 World Junior Championships. He also won gold as a member of Canada’s Under-18 team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament six months earlier.
As a 16-year-old, Kane skated in eight regular-season games and five playoff games with Vancouver, helping the team win the 2007 Memorial Cup.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“He has power forward qualities from the blue line in. He’s the type of player who doesn't like being denied access to the net. You can almost see when he’s got the puck he’s going to the net and defying people to stop him. He’ll be a 200-pound forward in the National Hockey League. He plays like he’s 6-2, 6-3, bigger than his size. He’s surprised a lot of people with his strength going to the net.”
-NHL Central Scouting’s Blair MacDonald
“Evander has been a really good player for us. From the blue line in he really has a nose for the net; he takes the puck to the net very hard and is very competitive in that area. He’s learned over the past year to be more dependable and more responsible killing penalties and playing a two-way game. His biggest improvement is that he always wants to make a difference on the ice. A lot of players that age don’t want to be on the ice, or don’t want to be in that situation when the game is on the line, but Evander wants to be in that situation all the time.”
-Vancouver Giants Head Coach Don Hay
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