Get to know your Top Prospects in the 2004 Draft
All right well let’s take a look at each position and let’s see how good some of these guy as that could go in the top 10 overall picks.
I think it’s about time we get to know these guy’s… hey they might be on your team by the end of this month.Not in any Order. Anything goes this year. You can read all you want. But until you get on the ice that’s were it all comes down to. I’ll give ya 2 of every position who are said could be in the top ten this year.
Alexander Ovechkin RW Dynamo Moscow (Rus) 6’3 200lbs, Russia. He has excellent acceleration and top speed…has the ability to quickly accelerate to top speed…strong, precise wrist shot…
A terrific puck handler…possesses great hand to eye coordination…very soft hands. Precise passes, right on the stick. very mature player…terrific vision of the ice … responsible defensively. Physical power forward who has had to deal with being double teamed on the junior level for the past three seasons…
Lauri Tukonen RW Espoo Blues (Fin) 6-2/200 Finland nearly unstoppable in corners against junior competition and excels at covering the puck. The proud owner of a good pair of hands, his stickhandling is up for any task and his wrist shot is accurate. His defensive game has evolved but can still be described as average. In the elite league where a youngster like him can only obtain a checking a role he has been eager to lay hits, but when dominating against juniors his physical play tends to lose that aspect as he focuses on the puck.
Evgeni Malkin C Magnitogorsk (Rus) 6-3/205 Russia
His Information runs somewhat dry as he has a strong hold as the number 2 overall selection this year. He is right behind Ovechkin and could even go number 1, it is posable. He’s a full year younger and will end up at a size of 6’4 215 when all is said and done. The kid is the best Center to get right now.
Rostislav Olesz C Vitkovice (Cze) 6-1/200 Czech
A player without any glaring weakness, Olesz is a character guy who gives everything to the team’s success. He is well-balanced and always showing a nasty edge in his play. Olesz plays a combative style and is a good hitter. He is a valuable asset to both powerplay and penalty killing units. A solid skater with a decent agility, Olesz has a sharp hockey sense and vision. Also very good in the faceoff circle, he is a smart passer and a lethal finisher.
Cam Barker D Medicine Hat (WHL) 6-3/210 Canada He’s one defensemen that NHL scouts are very excited about…Cam is expected to draw a lot of attention at this year’s NHL draft…A rough-nosed defenseman, He leads very well on and off the ice and is a great guy in the dressing room. Also plays the offensive side of the puck on D.
A.J. Thelen D Michigan State (CCHA) 6-3/210 USA a big, mobile defenseman that has an incredible offensive upside. He skates with a pro stride and makes quick, crisp passes. As a freshman, he exhibited offensive flair quarterbacking the power play and rushing the puck up ice during even strength play. He is still a bit raw in the defensive end, but is a solid positional player. aggressive play, but still needs to work on reading when to jump up on the rush.
Andrew Ladd LW Calgary (WHL) 6-2/210 Canada
Who was Ranked number 1 in North America has also had some lost information on his skills. The Maple Ridge, British Columbia native led all WHL rookies in scoring and tied for 12th in the league overall with 75 points (30 goals, 45 assists) in 71 games.
Alexandre Picard LW Lewiston (QMJHL) 6-2/190 Canada For all of his size, Alexandre Picard has the mindset of a smaller defenseman. The offensive-minded backliner does not hit much and likes to move up on the play. The knock on him among some Quebec League observers is that he’s soft physically and top-skating offensive forwards can beat him to the outside and can be forechecked into turnovers, despite his stellar plus-minus rating in 2002-2003.
Marek Schwarz G Sparta Praha (Cze) 6-0/175 Czech Top rated 2004 eligible European goaltender by Central Scouting in their mid-term rankings. needs to work on skating and handling the puck, He was named the best goalie of U-18 World Championship 2004. fast legs and recovers well.
Alvaro Montoya G Michigan (CCHA) 6-2/190 USA
one of the top goaltenders in college hockey as a freshman. He was also the youngest player in Division I hockey. Montoya played in 43 games, setting a Michigan record with 30 wins, the most by a freshman goaltender. a flashy goaltender that plays his best when he is involved in the game. He is solid on his skates and moves well in the net. Montoya plays a hybrid butterfly style. He is extremely sound in his positioning and reads angles well. He is a strong puck handler who likes to start the play for his defensemen. Overall he may be the best Goalie in the draft.