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Top 2016 Draft Prospects: Europe

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


With the NHL Draft coming up on June 24 and 25 in Buffalo, is previewing the top prospects in this year’s class. We've previewed the North American skaters, now, the top-10 European skaters as ranked by NHL Central Scouting.


10 - Linus Lindstrom

Linus Lindstrom
Skelleftea Jr. - Allsvenskan

Linus Lindstrom scored over a point-per-game for Skelleftea’s Jr. team in Sweden this season, notching 44 points (14G, 30A) in 40 games. The full season in the junior league marked a step forward for the young Swede, who spent half of last season with Skelleftea’s U18 team. To cap it off, Lindstrom debuted in the Swedish Hockey League, scoring a goal in four games. At 5’11, 164lbs., he’s a little undersized, but is a talented playmaker. 

Pos. C Shoots L
Ht. 5'11 Born 1/8/1998
Wt. 164 Hometown Skelleftea, SWE
2015-16 GP G A Pts. PIM
Skelleftea Jr. 40 14 30 44 28

9 - Henrik Borgstrom 

Henrik Borgstrom
HIFK - SM-Liiga

A long, lanky Finn (6’3, 176lbs.), Henrik Borgstrom scored 29 goals in 40 games for HIFK’s Jr. team, finishing the season with 55 points – the team lead. This season was another step forward for the lefty center, who scored 37 points (12G, 25A) in 21 games last season for HIFK’s U18 team. Next season, Borgstrom is coming stateside, committing to the University of Denver. 

Pos. C Shoots L
Ht. 6'3 Born 8/6/1997
Wt. 176 Hometown Helsinki, FIN
2015-16 GP G A Pts. PIM
HIFK Jr. 40 29 26 55 20

8 - Filip Hronek

Filip Hronek
Hr. Kralove - Czech

Filip Hronek graduated to the top Czech League this season, playing 40 games for HR. Kralove. The 6’0, 163lbs. defenseman also played 13 games with HR. Kralove’s Jr. team, scoring 16 points (4G, 12A). He’s making the adjustment to playing against men, but against players his own age, Hronek has shown his offensive potential.  

Pos. D Shoots R
Ht. 6'0 Born 11/2/1997
Wt. 163 Hometown Hradec Kralove, CZE
2015-16 GP G A Pts. PIM
Hr. Kralove 40 0 4 4 22

7 - Yegor Korshkov 

Yegor Korshkov
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl - KHL

Yegor Korshkov has some major league experience entering the draft, with 65 KHL games under his belt. The long, lean (6’4, 180lbs.) winger played 41 games against full-grown men last season, skating with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He racked up 12 points (6G, 6A), but when he played against kids his own age, Korshkov lit it up, scoring eight points (2G, 6A) in seven games at the World Juniors, winning a silver medal. 

Pos. RW Shoots L
Ht. 6'4 Born 7/10/1996
Wt. 180 Hometown Novosibirsk, RUS
2015-16 GP G A Pts. PIM
Yaroslavl 41 6 6 12 23

6 - Carl Grundstrom

Carl Grundstrom
Modo - SHL

Carl Grundstrom was one of the top junior-aged players in the Swedish Hockey League last season, scoring 16 points (7G, 9A) in 49 games with Modo. Grundstrom was fourth in goals and tied for fifth in points among junior-aged players playing amongst men. Modo was relegated this season, but Grundstrom signed a two-year contract with Frolunda, the SHL champions, so he may not be coming stateside for a few years. At 6’0, 194lbs., Grundstrom has good size and offensive abilities and is considered one of’s top 10 right wings in the draft. 

Pos. RW Shoots L
Ht. 6'0 Born 12/1/1997
Wt. 194 Hometown Umea, SWE
2015-16 GP G A Pts. PIM
Modo 49 7 9 16 53

Islanders Head Amateur Scout Vellu Kautonen: 

Grundstrom is a hard-working winger from Sweden who plays hard-nosed hockey and can score as well. Has ability to help his team with and without the puck. Goes to traffic areas and doesn’t mind getting his nose dirty.

5 - German Rubtsov

German Rubtsov
Russia U18 - MHL

Despite missing 11 games this season, German Rubtsov finished second in team scoring on Russia’s U18 team, with 26 points (12G, 14A) in 28 games. Rubtsov’s team finished third in the MHL – Russia’s top junior league. The center had a strong showing at the Ivan Hlinka tournament, with four points (1G, 3A) in five games. At 6’2, 178lbs., Rubtsov has a good frame and room to grow into his body.  

Pos. C Shoots L
Ht. 6'2 Born 6/27/1998
Wt. 178 Hometown Chekhov, RUS
2015-16 GP G A Pts. PIM
Russia U18 28 12 14 26 10

Islanders Head Amateur Scout Vellu Kautonen: 

Rubtsov is a talented Russian forward with a good frame and willingness to make a difference every time he steps on ice. Solid player with and without the puck. He has good puck skills and vision and can make players around him better.

4 - Rasmus Asplund

Rasmus Asplund
Farjestad - SHL

Rasmus Asplund spent the entire 2015-16 season in the Swedish Hockey League, playing 46 games with Farjestad, racking up 12 points (4G, 8A). Asplund appears to be done with the junior ranks and like Grundstrom, was one of the top-scoring junior-aged players in the men’s league. At 5’11, 176 lbs. he’s on the smaller side, but against his peers he’s a quality scorer, potting five points (3G, 2A) at the World Juniors. 

Pos. C Shoots L
Ht. 5'11 Born 12/3/1997
Wt. 176 Hometown Filipstad, SWE
2015-16 GP G A Pts. PIM
Farjestad 46 4 8 12 16

3 - Jesse Puljujarvi

Jesse Puljujarvi
Karpat - Liiga

Jesse Puljujarvi’s numbers at the World Juniors jump off the page. The tournament MVP scored 17 points (5G, 12A) in seven games – averaging over two points per game – leading Finland to a gold medal. During the season, Puljujarvi scored 28 points (13G, 15A) in 50 games for Karpat, his second season playing in Liiga. He’s big (6’4, 203lbs.) and has loads of skill and is considered the consensus third pick in the draft. 

Pos. RW Shoots R
Ht. 6'4 Born 5/7/1998
Wt. 203 Hometown Tornio, FIN
2015-16 GP G A Pts. PIM
Karpat 50 13 15 28 22

Islanders Head Amateur Scout Vellu Kautonen: 

A big Finnish winger who skates well, works each shift like there is no tomorrow and has great skill set on top of that. He won the scoring title of WJC in January when Finland won the gold medal. Jesse takes care of his defensive duties too.

2 - Patrik Laine

Patrik Laine
Tappara - Liiga

Another super-talented, highly-regarded Finn., Patrik Laine had a very successful season and is poised to go in the top three in the draft. Laine led all rookies in goals (17) and points (33) in Liiga – Finland’s top league – won the league championship, won a gold medal at the World Juniors and claimed a silver at the IIHF World Championships. He scored everywhere he played, scoring a point-per-game in the Worlds (12 points in 10 games) and nearly scoring two points-per-game at the World Juniors (13 points in seven games). Like Puljujarvi he’s big (6’4, 206lbs.) and has loads of skill. Scouts love his shot the most. 

Pos. RW Shoots R
Ht. 6'4 Born 4/19/1998
Wt. 206 Hometown Tampere, FIN
2015-16 GP G A Pts. PIM
Tappara 46 17 16 33 6

Islanders Head Amateur Scout Vellu Kautonen: 

Laine is another big, skilled winger from Finland. He won gold medal in January with Finland in WJC and his club team won Finnish championship in April. He has excellent shot; both wrist shot and slap shot are top of the line. This kid has potential to be a 50 goal scorer in NHL someday. Laine has already been chosen as a member of Team Finland’s 2016 World Cup team.

1 - Auston Matthews

Auston Matthews
Zurich - Swiss

After a record-setting year in USHL in 2014-15, Auston Matthews went to Switzerland in search of a new challenge – playing against full-grown men. He didn’t disappoint, scoring 46 points (24G, 22A) in 36 games, finishing second in team scoring and 10th in league scoring. He earned a spot on Team USA’s IIHF World Championship team (scoring nine points in 10 games) and earned a spot on the North American team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. He’s been considered the top prospect for over a year and that does not appear to be changing heading into Buffalo. 

Pos. C Shoots L
Ht. 6'2 Born 9/17/1997
Wt. 210 Hometown Scottsdale, AZ
2015-16 GP G A Pts. PIM
Zurich 36 24 22 46 6

Islanders Head Amateur Scout Vellu Kautonen: 

Matthews is an excellent playmaker with great vision and puck skills. He also moves very well. Great first step quickness and top end speed. He is dangerous with the puck every shift but he is almost as effective without the puck as well.

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