Every week i'll post a scouting report of a player in the 2004 Entry draft. I'll actually do one scouting report on a guy who is well known to all, and one that i've seen and liked but who is under the radar of most. With Ovechkins skills known to everyone on these boards..I'll just skip him and give you my impressions of the arguably 2nd most skilled player in the draft. Heres my scouting report on Evgeni Malkin. Well lets start off with the basics. Malkin has great size, he's really grown into his big frame this season, he now is 6-3 205 pounds. He should top out at 215ish. He can be a physical player at times but I wouldn't say he's a power forward. Not as good of a shooter as Ovechkin, Malkin scores most of his goals by going very hard to the net. Once there he's very hard to move. A very good skater, He does it all. A smoot powerfull stride with good balance and good acceleration, he's definitly a good skater. Malkin has great hands, He can dangle. He's a creative player with great vison, He sets up his man very well and passes the puck crisp and right on the tape. He's not all offense, he plays a very good two way game as well. Like Ovechkin he plays a very mature game. He has great finishing skills and well put in lots of points in the NHL. Around 80 point seasons is his high mark I think. But his all around game and size with skill well make him a very valuable member of any team. I used to like Schremp more but I now think that Malkin and Olesz are going #2 and #3. Heres my scouting report on Enver Lisin. Fast, Very fast. Every time you think of Lisin you should think speed. He is the best skater in this draft, and the fastest i've seen in any draft for awhile. He has amazing acceleration. Definitly going to be a threat in the NHL just by his speed alone. Some I talked to say he can't stick handle. I dont by that, he may not be as flashy as Ovechkin, but it's not that, he's just as good as some NHLers. So I don't think it's a weakness. Lisin is a finisher, he scores goals, plain and simple. He's not bad at setting up his man, in fact he's a good passer but he's definitly a goal scorer. He has a nose for the net and crashes hard, he has good awarness, the puck seems to find him on the ice. He uses his speed on his defensive game, he hustles on the back check almost every time, except when he's out of gas witch is understandable. He is bumped around alot, he's got solid size at 6-1 176 pounds but he gets pushed around alot. He doesn't like the physical game, witch might hurt him in the NHL. Although in my 2nd tape of him, being the more recent one he showed decent toughness and seems to be bulking up more. He has a good frame to grow into. He has great vison and really knows how to utilize his speed. I see Lisin as a top 15 pick, Reminds me of a Patrick Marleau like player. John Lammers playing for Lethbridge last season and this year, Lammers has potential to be a real offensive threat in the NHL. A classic hit or miss prospect Lammers is all offense. Should be a second to third rounder, but if he hits and and developes the team that drafts him could look like a genius, yet his downside is he could be a tweener and not make it past the AHL. Lammers is very noticeble on the ice, I like watching the guy, He's a speester much like Lisin, not as fast but who is? Lammers has great acceleration and realy has good good vison and picks the correct holes. He always keeps his feet moving to fight threw traffic and get open. Once open he's equally as dangerous. Very creative Lammers sets up well, He's a triple threat. He'll beat you with speed, or a nice pass, somtimes he'll just deke you out. He's got soft hands, passes well, and stickhandles well. He crashes the net well and doesn't shy away from the physical game. Although he's a bit small for NHL standards at 5-11 186. His defensive game needs alot of work, but most players at his age do. He gets burned in his own zone, and really doesn't know the defensive game. I dont see why there isn't more hype on this kid, I like him alot. Should be a late 2nd rounder, but if I was a GM I would take him if I had a pick early/mid 2nd round. He's just so dangerous offensivly. Well, I hope you enjoyed this, I plan on doing this once a week. If anyone has a request of a scouting report on a player for next weeks addition i'll field it. The only criteria I have is that i've actually SEEN the player play once. I wont guess so these reports are legit. I'm also known to have my biasness towards some prospects. Example: I think Schremps a good guy, I dont see his stock falling because of his trade, he actually is a nice guy I hear. I like size but I'm not obsessed with it. I think Dubynk is going to go higher in the draft but I think Marek Schwarz is the more skilled, although Dubynk just shuts down the bottom of the net and has cat like reflexes as well. So thats up in the air..Any who Enjoy and any one want me to report on a certain player next week?