Monday, September 20, 2010

THW's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Rankings Top 60 – An Early Look

LAKE PLACID, NY - AUGUST 05: Adam Larsson  of Team Sweden skates against Team Finland at the USA Hockey National Evaluation Camp on August 5, 2010 in Lake Placid, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The next edition of hockey's version of Christmas is a long way's off, but it's never too early to take a glimpse at the highly touted prospects who are eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, which will go down on Jun 24-25th in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Here's a snapshot of the Top 5 with a link to the Top 60 in a sortable and searchable table format:

1 F Sean Couturier L 07-Dec-92 6'3 193 Drummondville QMJHL CAN
2 D Adam Larsson R 12-Nov-92 6'3 220 Skellefteå Elitserien SWE
3 F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins L 12-Apr-93 6'0 166 Red Deer WHL CAN
4 D David Musil L 09-Apr-93 6'3 191 Vancouver WHL CZE
5 F Matt Puempel L 24-Jan-93 6'0 205 Peterborough OHL CAN
Read on and flame away!

Of course, there's a lot of hockey to be played (and off-ice incidents to go through) which will cause some might and not so mighty rising and falling of the stocks of prospects, but the analyzing of the eligible players has to start somewhere.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

NHL Prospect Profile – Mikael Granlund - Minnesota Wild

SASKATOON, SK - JANUARY 4:  Mikael Granlund #22 of Team Finland skates while being followed by Maxim Trunev #11 of Team Russia during the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship Tournament Fifth Place game on January 4, 2010 at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.  Team Finland defeated Team Russia 4-3.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

For the 2010 NHL Entry Draft I released detailed prospect profiles of the top 30 rated prospects at The Hockey Writers. To revisit these profiles, I will link up to take a glimpse back at one superb draft.

Mikael Granlund

Age: 18

Date of birth: February 26, 1992

Place of birth: Oulu, Finland

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 180

Shoots: L

2009-10 Team: HIFK (FIN)

An excerpt from my draft preview detailed profile at The Hockey Writers:

Inevitably when one is an undersized, talented, crafty forward from Finland oozing with potential, that prospect will get compared to Saku Koivu.

In this case, Mikael Granlund deserves the accolades and the comparison is a valid one. In fact, he has a chance, should he reach his full potential, to exceed Koivu offensively. Matching Saku’s intensity, drive and work ethic, however, will not be an easy task by any stretch of the imagination.

After a not so inspiring WJC U20 Championships performance in Saskatchewan, he had a fantastic WJC U18 tournament. Combined with his superb play in the Finnish top league, the cerebral skilled playmaker could easily sneak into the Top 10 on June 25th.

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