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Meet the Prospects, Vol. 7

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.


ZACK KASSIAN

Pos: Right Wing        Shoots: Right
Height: 6’3’’               Weight: 210
Born: January 24, 1991 in Windsor, ON, Canada
Current Team: Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: #10 North American Skater

Zack Kassian

THE SKINNY
Kassian has played in 119 career OHL games, notching 33 goals and 51 assists for 84 points in two seasons with Peterborough. He has also appeared in nine playoff games with the Petes, registering three points (1-2-3) and 10 penalty minutes.

In 2008-09, Kassian finished second on Peterborough in assists (39), points (63) and power-play goals (13). Known for his physical play, Kassian led the Petes, and ranked tied for 16th in the OHL, with 136 penalty minutes.

Kassian also recorded two points (1-1-2) in the OHL All-Star Classic, represented the OHL in the Canada/Russia Challenge and was selected to the 2009 CHL Top Prospects game. He won a gold medal with Canada at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and played at the 2009 Under-18 World Championships.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“Kassian is one of the toughest guys in the OHL and probably the entire draft. Last season as an under-ager there were overage guys in the league who would not take him on. He has not fought much this season (because) he has not had to. He is at his best when he is playing physical and tough along the boards. He protects the puck very well and fights through checks. He has very good play-making and puck-handling abilities.”
-NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards

“Zack Kassian is a great kid that loves the game and approaches practices the same way he approaches games with hard work and intensity. (He’s a) big, tough right shot power forward with a mean streak. Very heavy shot to go along with a high skill level as well as a physical, intimidating style of play. Zack takes pride in his off-ice workouts and is a very well conditioned athlete.”
-Peterborough Head Coach Ken McRae

“An interesting blend of size, skill and enthusiasm…What he does is bring a huge amount of energy to his team. He hits people a lot, in fact maybe going out of his way too much some times to do so. A player who is needing work on his speed and his skating, but his willingness to compete and battle are among the best in the draft. He has also shown a real penchant for fighting and that can be valuable at times. Most OHL players view him as one of the toughest players in the league.”
-HockeyProspect.com

CARL KLINGBERG

Pos: Left Wing            Shoots: Right
Height: 6’3’’                Weight: 205
Born: January 28, 1991 in Gothenburg, Sweden
Current Team: Frolunda (SEL)
Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: #7 European Skater

THE SKINNY
Klingberg has skated in 10 career SEL games, scoring two goals and adding one assist for three points in one season with Frolunda. He has also played in 52 games with Frolunda’s junior team, compiling 24 goals and 28 assists for 52 points in those contests.

Klingberg has competed internationally for Sweden on five different occasions. Most recently, he recorded four points (2-2-4) and a +3 rating at the 2009 Under-18 World Junior Championships.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“Klingberg is a lightning fast skater with great acceleration as well as top speed. He has good size and strength and uses this to his advantage. Work ethic is good and so is his attitude. Furthermore, he has good hockey sense and technical skills and is able to set up as well as finish play. Has the potential to become a high scoring player in the future, but could also be used as a role player.”
-EliteProspects.com

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