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.2008 NHL Entry Draft Site
Nikita Filatov Rank (No. 1 European)
Position: Left wing
Height/Weight: 6-0, 172 pounds
D.O.B: May 25, 1990 STATISTICS
|Team ||League ||GP ||G ||A ||PTS ||PIM |
|2007-08 ||CSKA 2 ||Russia-3 ||34 ||32 ||34 ||66 ||90 |
Led Russia in scoring in 2008 World Junior Championship with nine points (four goals) in seven games. Played for CSKA senior and junior teams in 2007-08. Captained Russia to silver medal in 2008 Under-18 World Championships. Led the team with nine points (six assists), including two shorthanded goals and was named to the tourney All-Star Team. Mother was teacher in Russia and gave him English lessons. WHAT CENTRAL SCOUTING SAYS
A leader who has a great attitude, excellent work ethic, and tons of talent. Excellent skater who leads by example and can change pace, even at top speed. Despite his size, still aggressive, taking and giving hits. Definitely has NHL upside because he can score, is well-rounded, and defensively responsible. WHAT PANTHER SCOUT SCOTT LUCE SAYS
High skill Russian player with sound vision and instincts offensively.