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COYOTES DRAFT PREVIEW: FRIDAY

Friday, 06.08.2007 / 12:38 PM / Features
By Chad Lynch
As the Phoenix Coyotes prepare for the upcoming 2007 NHL Entry Draft, PhoenixCoyotes.com will begin daily ‘scouting reports,’ looking at a three potential draftees in a new feature titled: “Coyotes Draft Preview.”

In this installment of “Coyotes Draft Preview”, PhoenixCoyotes.com takes a closer look at the three top ranked European Goaltenders, as compiled by Central Scouting’s Final Rankings.

JOEL GISTEDT
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Sweden
Team: Frolunda
D.O.B: December 7, 1987
Height: 5’ 11”
Weight: 174 lbs.
Catches: Left
Ranked: 1st among European Goaltenders

Notes: Had a break through season in 2006-07, taking over the starting job with Frolunda and posting a 2.58 goals-against average, a .897 save percentage and two shutouts in 35 games.  Played well at the World Under-20 Tournament in his first time on the Swedish National Team.  Moves very well, strong on his skates...very good balance and agility...very good foot and pad quickness...excellent, quick glove...reads the game very well...stays in position...very hard working competitor.

MARK OWUYA
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Sweden Under-20
Team: Djurgarden
D.O.B: July 18, 1989
Height: 6'2”
Weight: 198 lbs.
Catches: Left
Ranked: 2nd among European Goaltenders

Notes: Best 1989-born Swedish goaltender, spent the 2006-07 season as a back-up.  Had a great Fall, but only average after the New Year.  Mobile, well sized goaltender...plays angles well..quick reflexes, good glove...uses his size to his advantage, covers the net well...plays the butterfly style...while in the butterfly position, is still able to protect the top portion of the net...likes to stay down a lot...his style of play might not be very impressive, but he does stop the puck.

MAREK BENDA
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Czech Rupublic Under-20
Team: Karlovy Vary Jr.
D.O.B: May 21, 1989
Height: 5'11”
Weight: 169 lbs.
Catches: Left
Ranked: 3rd among European Goaltenders

Notes: Improved and matured a lot as a player during the 2006-07 season...good skater, possesses good athletic ability...plays the butterfly style...quick legs...strong reflexes...very good glove and blocker...controls rebounds well...strong competitor with a winning attitude...shows a lot of desire and determination.

PREVIOUS PREVIEWS:
Thursday, June 7th - North American Goaltenders
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