Hockey Wilderness has decided to rank their 30 favorite prospects in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and will analyze each and every one of them. So on draft day, you'll have a good sense of who's who.
With each post, you will get to understand what type of player he is, and how he can help the Wild. You'll understand his strengths, flaws and get to understand what type of player he'll develop into.
The HW's Rank - The average rank of several of our favorite available rankings, weighted appropriately.
Summary Scout Notes - A broken down version of comments offered by each service. To read the whole explanations, click on the source site and search.
Now, introducing Kitchener Rangers right wing Gabriel Landeskog:
#92 / Right Wing / Kitchener Rangers
Nov 23 1992
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History And Accomplishments:
Captain for Team Sweden U-16, U-17, U-18
2007-08 J18 Allsvenskan Champion 2008-09 U18 WJC Top 3 Player on Team
2009 CHL Import Draft - 3rd Overall, 1st round (Plymouth Whalers) 2009-10 Team Kitchener Rangers Rookie of the Year Award 2009-10 OHL First All-Star Team 2010-11 Named Kitchener Rangers Captain
2011 KHL Draft - 16th Overall, 1st round (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
While Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jonathan Huberdeau both have concerns of whether they can fill up their frame and be in NHL-ready shape, Gabriel Landeskog comes in ready to play.
He may not have that flashy offense that many would love to see in a top five pick, but Landeskog just has everything else that its hard to pass him up.
Landeskog has been captain at pretty much every level he has played at. That speaks tons about his character and drive to play hockey.
He also has a very good NHL-ready body, plays a North American game with grit and edge, can drive to the net and is just a hardworking player.
Now the question is, how big is his offensive upside? He doesn't possess the slippery stick skills or explosive shot some prospects in the 2011 class have. But thats not to say he has none. He has scored 66 points in 53 games which is no easy task.
Top six physical winger - potential captain
Summary Scouts Notes
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"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."
"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."
the total package ... good skater with a long, powerful stride and strong balance ... good four-way change of direction ... he can fire the puck off the rush ... possesses an accurate shot ... good passer and unselfish ... plays with an edge, but isn't an undisciplined player ... physical presence who relishes the hitting aspect of hockey and won't hesitate to fight if the situation warrants ... his character, intelligence and attitude are beyond his years ... has a lot of upper- and lower-body strength ... potential offensive ceiling may not be quite as high as others ... could stand to improve to get a little faster out of the gate ... shot isn't overpowering
Gabriel Landeskog - Get out the way (via YanthaCanada)
Where Does He Fit With The Wild?
Right wing prospect with good offensive talent and great everything else.
He'll fit no problem.
Good Choice At #10?
If Landeskog falls to #10 (which won't happen but thats what everone said about Fowler), the Wild will HAVE to pick him.
He may not have the dynamic offensive ability present in guys like Huberdeau or RNH, but he has everything else. He has physical presence, character and his offensive ability isn't something to be ignored either.
So yes, at #10, snatch him!
How Does He Look As A Wild?