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: 6’2’’ Weight: 201
Born: April 30, 1991 in Boston, MA, United States
Current Team: Phillips Andover Academy (High-MA)
Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: #14 North American Skater
|Chris Kreider |
Kreider is the highest-ranked high school player eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He is still in 11th grade at Phillips Academy, but has already committed to attend Boston College in the fall of 2010. In 2008-09, Kreider scored 56 points (33-23-56) in just 26 games to help lead Andover to the Prep Semifinals.
Kreider patterns his game after Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, saying “(Ovechkin) brings so much emotion and intensity to every shift and he is so dominant in every facet of the game.”
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“Chris is an excellent skater with explosive speed and acceleration. His short-distance speed is exceptional. He sees the play ahead of time and knows what he's going to do with the puck as soon as he gets it. He is an excellent passer and playmaker. His foot speed, combined with his anticipation and quick stick, gives him the ability to create turnovers and gain puck possession. He is a constant threat to develop breakaways on the penalty-killing unit. He has both an excellent wrist and slap shot, which he disguises well and releases quickly. He can score goals in a number of ways.”
-NHL Central Scouting’s Gary Eggleston
“The scouts who see him know what type of tremendous skills he has and he obviously has great physical strength, but he’s an absolutely great character kid. He’s a great kid off the ice, a presence in the locker room and a young man who is forever looking to get better. Character is important to me and Chris is at the top.”
-Andover Head Coach Dean Boylan
Pos: Defenseman Shoots: Left
Height: 6’1’’ Weight: 183
Born: October 29, 1990 in Lipetsk, Russia
Current Team: Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: #11 North American Skater
|Dmitry Kulikov |
In his only season in North America, Kulikov led all Drummondville defensemen with 62 points (12-50-62) in 57 games. He was named 2008-09 Defensive Rookie of the Year, the Rookie of the Year, the Best Professional Prospect and Defenseman of the Year by the QMJHL. Among QMJHL defensemen, Kulikov finished first in assists, tied for second in points and tied for ninth in goals. His +34 rating also ranked eighth among all blueliners.
Kulikov chipped in two goals and 17 assists to lead all QMJHL defensemen with 19 playoff points as Drummondville captured its first President Cup title. The Voltigeurs, who finished in last place in 2007-08, established a new CHL record with a 79-point turnaround this season.
Kulikov has competed internationally for Russia on three occasions. He earned four assists to help Team Russia win a bronze medal at the 2009 World Junior Championships. Kulikov also represented Russia twice at the Under-18 World Championships, winning a gold medal in 2007 and silver medal in 2008.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“In his first year (in the QMJHL), he’s been an all-around good player. He’s a great skater; he can carry the puck and shoot the puck well. He’s strong too, he can take big hits and they don’t seem to bother him. What we saw this year is likely what we are going to see from Kulikov in the future; he’s going to play the same way in the NHL. He knows when to join the rush, he plays defense first, but recognizes the holes. He can shoot the puck well on the power play and I wouldn’t be surprised if he played in the NHL next year.”
-NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Bordeleau
“He’s a multi-faceted defenseman who can play any way you want to play it. You want to play a finesse game? He can play it. You want to play physical? He’s going to get physical because he can take a hit.”
-Drummondville Assistant Coach Danny Brooks
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