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Who might the Oilers take at 10th overall?

Part 2 of Kevin Prendergast's look at some of the top prospects in 2009

Wednesday, 17.06.2009 / 8:00 AM / 2009 NHL Entry Draft
By Marc Ciampa  - edmontonoilers.com
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Who might the Oilers take at 10th overall?
Yesterday, we went over some of the top prospects in this year's NHL Entry Draft with Oilers Assistant GM Kevin Prendergast. Today, we continue with several players who could potentially be available when the Oilers step up to the podium at number 10.


Jared Cowen
JARED COWEN (Spokane, WHL)

Position: Defence
Shoots: Right
Born: January 25, 1991 in Allan, Saskatchewan
Height: 6’5”  Weight: 218 lbs

International Scouting Service: 7
Central Scouting:
9 - North America
The Hockey News:
4

Multimedia:
( Video Audio) The Facts:
  • Cowen missed a good chunk of the season due to injury, which may affect where he was drafted in the end. He had 21 points in 48 games which was still a career high, however. He helped lead the Chiefs to the Memorial Cup championship as an underage rookie in 2007-08.
Kevin Prendergast comments:
  • “Was probably the best defenceman at the Memorial Cup last year as an underage player. He's a can't-miss player. Very similar to Hedman. Not as good a skater as Hedman is but he's physical, takes care of business in his own end. The obviously negative thing is he's missed almost a whole season. It's a knee problem - those situations take about a year to come back from but someone's going to obviously take him (early in the draft)."

Zack Kassian at the CHL Top Prospects Game

ZACK KASSIAN (Peterborough, OHL)

Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Born: January 24, 1991 in LaSalle, ON
Height: 6’3”  Weight: 205 lbs

International Scouting Service: 19
Central Scouting:
10 - North America
The Hockey News:
16

Multimedia: ( Video Audio) The Facts:
  • Kassian had 63 points this past season - triple the number of points he had in 2007-08 as a rookie (21). With 24 goals as well in 61 games plus 136 penalty minutes, he showed a lot of dimension to his game. He only managed a pair of assists in four playoff games, however, which may be a cause for concern.
Kevin Prendergast comments:

  • “Big, strong and tough. He played exceptionally well in Peterborough this year. He's a team player, ready and willing to step in and fight and stick up for his teammates. Pretty good hands, pretty good finish. Struggled a bit at the Under 18 championships this year but he's a prototypical NHL up-and-down strong winger. We'll have a good look at him."

Dmitri Kulikov

DMITRI KULIKOV (Drummondville, QMJHL)

Position: Defence
Shoots: Left
Born: October 29, 1990 in Lipetsk, Russia
Height: 6’1”  Weight: 195 lbs

International Scouting Service: 9
Central Scouting:
11 - North America
The Hockey News:
11

Multimedia: ( Video Audio) The Facts:
  • With 62 points in 57 games, Kulikov is an offensive defenceman with a big shot. He added 19 points in 19 games in helping Drummondville to the Memorial Cup .
Kevin Prendergast comments:

  • “Smooth. It'd be interesting if we drafted him, we could room him with Eberle because that's who he took the puck off for the Gold Medal tying goal. Had an exceptional year in Drummondville, he's an exceptional young man. He's one of the kids in the interview process, he sort of blew you away. A kid coming over to play in Drummondville, couldn't speak English then by the end of October taught himself to speak French and English. Poise on the ice, moves the puck very well, thinks the game very well, great playmaker. Had a very good Memorial Cup for Drummondville. We think he's an exceptional talent."

Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson

MAGNUS PAAJARVI-SVENSSON (Timra, Sweden)

Position: Centre
Shoots: Left
Born: April 12, 1991 in Norrkoping, Sweden
Height: 6’1”  Weight: 198 lbs

International Scouting Service: 3
Central Scouting:
2 - Europe
The Hockey News:
7

Multimedia: ( Video Audio) The Facts:
  • Playing among men in the Swedish Elite League, Svensson had seven goals and 17 points in 50 games with Timra. Playing among his peers, he had seven points (two goals) in six games at the World Junior Hockey Championships. At the World Under 18s, he had six goals and 12 points in six games for his country.
Kevin Prendergast comments:

  • “Power forward, Goes to the net very well, great skater. Didn't perform as well as I think he'd like to have at the World Juniors and at the Under 18 I think he struggled a bit too. He's a player who we think is going to be a very very good NHLer down the road. "

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

OLIVER EKMAN-LARSSON (Leksand, Sweden-2)

Position: Defence
Shoots: Left
Born: July 17, 1991 in Karlskrona, Sweden
Height: 6’2”  Weight: 176 lbs

International Scouting Service: 23
Central Scouting:
4 - Europe
The Hockey News:
13

Multimedia: ( Video Audio) The Facts:
  • Playing in the Swedish Second Division, Oliver Ekman-Larsson had 17 points in 39 games for Leksand. He also played in the World Under 18s for Sweden and had two goals and eight points in six games for a +3 rating.
Kevin Prendergast comments:

  • “Probably one of the best skaters in the draft. One of those guys who can go back, get the puck, make the play. Has an excellent shot, quarterbacks the power play. Certainly a player we think is going in the top 10 for sure."

 

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