Leading up 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.
Named top forward and to All-Star team at the 2008 Under-18 IIHF World Championships after scoring five goals (seven points) in six games for Russia. Also played 2007 Under-18 World Championships, playing all seven games (three assists).
WHAT CENTRAL SCOUTING SAYS
Impressed with excellent skating, mobility and work ethic while playing on Russia’s (Under-18) top line. Displays toughness in one-on-one situations and delivers smart passes creating scoring chances. Physically strong, successful in one-on-one situations along the boards and in corners.
WHAT PANTHER SCOUT SCOTT LUCE SAYS
Sound skater with nice skill set. Has potential to improve.