Sharks draft review

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    Spencer Machacek and Mike Hoeffel both waited weeks to see who other were drafted to sharks in the later rounds.

    finally names are announced!

    109th overall - Mark Owuya
    NHL: undrafted

    first european drafted by GM Koskinen. Swedish goalkeeper who also participate sweden Idols competition. Played in Djurgården and sweden u-18 team.

    To describe Owuya as a goaltender is not very easy. A butterfly goalie with a technique that is not very developed nor pretty, but he has good attitude, self confidence and stops the pucks, which it all is about in the end. He has a lot of advantage being of large size (6’2) and is pretty good at moving side-to-side. Has problems with high shots. Agility could still be better.

    116th overall - Radek Meidl
    NHL: Undrafted

    Meidl played in Seattle thunderbirds in WHL 72 games and scored 16+11 points in rookie season.

    While Meidl spent much of the past season getting accustomed to the North American lifestyle, he impressed the T-Birds with his hand skill and physical play. Radek uses his large frame to impose his will on opposing defensemen.

    119th overall - Ondrej Roman
    NHL: 136th pick by Dallas stars

    Roman is a 6-0, 168-pound native of the Czech Republic who played with Spokane in the WHL last season (70 games, 4-44-48 points).

    Roman led Spokane in assists (44) and ranked tied for fourth in points (48). During the 2007 WHL playoffs, he finished with five points (1-4-5) in six games, ranking second in assists and tying for second in points. Roman patterns his game after Edmonton's Ales Hemsky.

    122nd overall - Ilya Antonovsky
    NHL: undrafted

    Defenseman, Vastom (Russia-3)
    Ranked: #58 European skater by Central Scouting

    Antonovsky is a pure offensive defenseman with top notch skating ability, a cannon of a shot and powerplay quarterback skills that have been likened to Sergei Zubov and Sergei Gonchar.

    Russia has no junior hockey league, so junior-aged kids get lumped in with lower-caliber older players and work their way up. The Moscow native played in a circuit based in his home city. He averaged over two points per game from the backline.

    According to McKeen's, Antonovsky still has a lot to learn about defensive positioning and physical play before he's ready for the Russian Super League, much less the NHL. He has yet to play for the Russian national team.

    A few years ago, a player like Antonovsky probably wouldn't have been on the drafting radar screen until he'd established himself at a higher level. But there's no hiding out these days from NHL teams' scouting scopes.

    Antonovsky's offensive abilities may be too much for an NHL team to resist late in the draft and, if his overall game develops, he could be looked back upon as a steal.

    Of course, there's an equal or greater risk he'd be a one-line entry in the drafting history books.

    141st overall - Jori Lehtera
    NHL: undrafted

    Center, Tappara Tampere (formerly w/ Jokerit Helsinki)
    Ranked #51 European skater by Central Scouting

    Lehterä turned 19 years of age on December 23. Unselected in las year's NHL draft, the 6-foot-2, 191-pound center made his move this year, rocketing 72 spots (#129 to #51) between the Central Scouting midterm and final rankings.

    In the early part of the 2006-07 season, Lehterä played with Jokerit Helsinki's U20 junior team. A top player at the Finnish JR. A level last year (39-14-33-47), a summer conditioning program made him a man among boys this year -- 18 goals, 48 assists, 66 points in just 24 games. Although Lehterä spent less than half a season with the junior squad this year, he was still its leading scorer at the end of the campaign.

    Lehterä was promoted to Jokerit's SM-Liiga (Finnish Elite League) team and showed he could be an effective offensive player at that level, too. In 28 games worth of third- and fourth-line duty for the championship contending club, he had 12 points (six goals, six assists). Not bad for a player who averaged less than eight minutes of ice time per game. He also played 10 games with the Finnish national U20 team, tallying 11 points (four goals, seven assists).

    Said a Western Conference NHL scout, " Lehterä reminds me of Vaclav Prospal, but stronger physically at his age. He's very clever with the puck. He sees the ice very well and he's a threat to score or find the open man. There's no panic."

    The knock on Lehterä: Skating, skating, skating.

    "Unless he improves his skating, he might be too slow for the NHL," says the scout. "He doesn't have a lot of acceleration and his upper body still looks stronger than his legs."

    If Lehterä can work out his skating issues (example: A summer of intensive power-skating lessons, carried over into future years), he has the skill set to play in the NHL, despite the fact he's unlikely to be drafted before the middle rounds of the 2007 NHL draft.

    Lehterä recently signed a three-year contract with Tappara Tampere and, if drafted, will almost certainly play at least one or two more years in the SM-Liiga before coming over to take a shot at the NHL.

    142nd overall - Brett Sonne
    NHL: 85th pick by STL blues

    Really rose up the rankings with an impressive U-18 tournament in August but has been on my radar for his impressive play with the Hitmen. Has absolutely terrific skating ability, deceptive acceleration and explosive top end gear. Shows some creativity and vision on the ice, a fine play maker. Doesn’t have a great shot, but he’s smart about where to go and pays the price to score. I also love his tenacity and physical play. Is a real bull.

    143rd overall - J-S Allard
    NHL: 147th pick by Buffalo Sabres

    Allard is a 6'2", 195-pound center from St. John's of the QMJHL. He was a highly touted prospect, but fell in the draft due to lack of consistency.

    Reminds me a bit of Vincent Lecavalier and was a star for team Quebec at the recent U-17's. Has a long lanky frame with a terrific reach to go along with his superb puck skills. Has a lightning fast release and can catch goalies off guard, and is especially accurate in tight. A smooth, agile, powerful skater who can deceptively change gears and get to the outside. Can also make some elite plays while moving the puck. Had a poor year in the Q, but based on his U-17 performance, there is a lot to like about him and is one of my favs heading into the season.

    181st overall - Radim Ostrcil
    NHL: 169th by Boston Bruins

    2006-07: Ostrcil is coming off a career-best season in the Czech Under 20 league with HC Vsetin, posting 21 points (8 goals, 13 assists) and 69 penalty minutes in 25 games. He played for Vsetin in the Czech Extraliga as well, the highest level league in the Czech Republic, during which he appeared in 37 games and tallied a total of 2 points during the 2006-07 season. Add to Ostrcil’s resume a strong showing at the 2007 WJC U-18.

    The Ottawa 67's have added Defenseman Radim Ostrcil to the organization, so Ostrcil will play next seasons in Ottawa.

    206th overall - Marek Benda
    NHL: Undrafted

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