p to the 2008 draft, Flordiapanthers.com will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. Could the Panthers draft one of these players with their pick in the second round or might they move up to grab one of these top players to further bolster their system and hope they contribute to the big club one day?
Each week day, we'll take a look at three prospects and get Panthers Director of Amateur Scouting Scott Luce's opinion on each of them.2008 NHL Entry Draft Site
Erik Karlsson Rank: No. 4 (European)
Height/Weight: 5-11, 165.
D.O.B: May 31, 1990
|Team ||League ||GP ||G ||A ||PTS ||PIM |
|2007-08 ||Frolunda Jr. ||Swe-Jr. ||38 ||13 ||24 ||37 ||68 |
|2007-08 ||Frolunda ||Swe ||7 ||1 ||0 ||1 ||0 |
Led Team Sweden and finished third ovrall in the 2008 Under-18 IIHF World Championships with seven assists in six games. Also led team in plus-minus (plus 8) and was named tournament’s best defenseman. Helped Frolunda Junior win SuperElit Championship in 2007-08, totaling 37 points (13 goals) His 24 assists in 2007-08 were moost by a defenseman and the most by any under-18 player in the SuperElit League. WHAT CENTRAL SCOUTING SAYS
Excellent on the power play. Makes smart passes and has great vision. Plays with confidence, has natural hockey sense and is consistent offensive threat. Compensates for lack of strength and size with mobility, passing and vision and is at his best as offensive defenseman. Needs more weight and strength to be more effective in front of his own net.WHAT PANTHER SCOUT SCOTT LUCE SAYS
Good on both sides of the puck. Very competitive. Good natural instincts for the game.