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2008 NHL Draft: John Carlson

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
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


    John Carlson
    Rank: No. 17 (North American)
    Position: Defenseman
    Height/Weight: 6-2, 212 pounds
    D.O.B: Jan. 10, 1990


STATISTICS
Season
Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2007-08 Indiana USHL 59 12 31 43 72
   
THE SKINNY

Finished third overall in first season in USHL in scoring by defenseman with 37 points (28 assists). Selected USHL All-Star Game and was named Nov. 5 USHL Defensive Player of the Week. Assistant team captain of Team USA for the 2007 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament in Slovakia and Czech Republic. Patterns game after Scott Stevens. Will attend University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the fall.

WHAT CENTRAL SCOUTING SAYS

Big, burly defenseman who’s a good, strong skater. Runs power-play from the top of the umbrella and has a heavy shot. Self-assured. A boy in a man’s body and very strong. Has all the tools – size, skill, physical presence and charisma.

WHAT PANTHER SCOUT SCOTT LUCE SAYS


Emerged from nowhere. Loads of potential with size, speed and skill.

FAVORITES

NHL Team: New Jersey Devils
NHL Player: Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf
Video Game: NHL 08
Movie: Shawshank Redemption
TV Show: Lost
Actor: Bruce Willis
Artist: Kenny Chesney
Website: NHL.com
Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Pump-up song: “Bleed it out” by Linkin Park
Food to cook: Spaghetti
Sport (other than hockey): Lacrosse
Activity away from the rink: Golf
Toy growing up: Mini hockey stick
Place to shop: Polo
Place to visit: Florida
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