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2011 NHL Draft Profile: Gabriel Landeskog

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Leading up to the 2011 draft, 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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#2 North American Skater
Kitchener, OHL
Position: Left Wing Shoots: Left
Height: 6'0" Weight: 207
Born: 11/23/92 Born In: Stockholm, SWE
Ranked as the number two skater by C.S.S., Gabriel Landeskog boasts an impressive combination of talent and leadership. In just 53 games this season, Landeskog managed 36 goals and a plus-27 rating. He was the youngest captain of the Kitchener Rangers in the past 30 years, and claimed the distinction of being the first European captain in the 48-year franchise. Landeskog also captained the U-16, U-17, and U-18 Sweden national teams.

Landeskog debuted in the Swedish Elite League at 16 years and 90 days old, becoming the youngest playing in Djurgarden’s history. Hit father, Tony, was a defenseman in the Swedish Elite League, playing from 1977 until 1985 with Hammarby.   

NHL Central Scouting's Peter Sullivan: "Gabriel does remind me of former Kitchener Ranger (and Philadelphia Flyers captain) Mike Richards. He sticks up for his teammates and is as strong at both ends of the rink as any player in the draft this year. He competes as hard if not harder than anybody. He's got all the assets that you need to be a team leader and, for a potential No. 1 overall, that's what you would want."

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards: "He is a good-size guy who is solid on his skates, not afraid to take the puck to the net or battle for it along the boards. His skating is very good in all areas. He plays the game with so much passion, he plays the game hard, he's a great mentor for players that are younger and older, maturity beyond his years. (He) doesn't need one game in the American league next year -- he should step right into the NHL. I think the team that gets him next year is going to get a player that helps them win a Stanley Cup."
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NHL Team: Detroit Red Wings
NHL Player: Mats Sundin
Goal Celebration: Arms out and look to the sky
Movie: The Blindside
Book: "My way back to life" by Lance Armstrong
Home-Cooked Meal: Spaghetti and Swedish meatballs
Activity Away From The Rink: Waterskiing

Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2009-10 Kitchener OHL 61 24 22 46 51
2010-11 Kitchener OHL 53 36 30 66 61

Larsson, Landeskog Also In Running To Be No. 1
(06.03.11) Red Deer's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins isn't the only player in the running to be the top pick at the 2011 Entry Draft.
Swedish defenseman Adam Larsson of Skelleftea and Kitchener Rangers captain Gabriel Landeskog are also prime candidates to go No. 1. Like Nugent-Hopkins, each made it through Friday's fitness portion of the NHL Scouting Combine unscathed.

Tenacious Landeskog Breaks Swede Stereotype
(05.06.11) Gabriel Landeskog of the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers isn't your typical swift-skating Swede.
He comes with a lunch pail, packs plenty of power and knows the English language as well, if not better, than most Europeans playing professionally today.

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