Leading up to the 2010 draft, Flordiapanthers.com will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. At number 3, the Panthers have a lot of players to choose from. What direction and who will they pick?
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THE SHINNY: Playing in his first season in the OHL, Barrie Colts center Alexander Burmistrov made it a successful one after coming over from Russia. He was more than a point per game player, racking up 65 points in 62 games (22 goals).
Burmistrov represented Russia at the 2010 World Junior Championships and recorded four points (3-1-4) in six games.
Director of NHL Central Scouting's E.J. McGuire: “He's like a water spider out there on the ice. Light on his feet, but he's got a venomous strike like a snake when he goes on the offense. Speed and agility, great fakes and he'll bring players, fans, alike out of their seats. I'd compare him with a (Alexei) Kovalev, (Sergei) Samsonov or (Maxim) Afinogenov.”
Burmistrov On Burmistrov: "I'm a player that plays smart, skilled skating, like play the same, maybe like Datsyuk. I really wanted to play in OHL and Canada. It's my dream to play NHL. My father played before hockey and told me, it's okay, you want play NHL, you go play hockey in Canada."
NHL Team: Detroit Red Wings NHL Player: Pavel Datsyuk Shootout Move: "Low blocker shot" Movie: Gladiator Website: facebook.com Sport (Other Than Hockey): Soccer Superhero: Superman