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COYOTES DRAFT PREVIEW: SUNDAY

Tuesday, 06.12.2007 / 8:21 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 5th, 7th & 9th ranked European Skater, as compiled by Central Scouting’s Final Rankings.

JOAKIM ANDERSSON
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Sweden Jr. (SWE Jr.)
Team: Frolunda Jr.
D.O.B: February 5, 1989
Height: 6' 2”
Weight: 198 lbs.
Position: Center
Shoots Left
Ranked: 5th among European Skaters

Notes: Posted 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists) in 41 games last season...a hard working two-way forward with good vision...has soft hands and the ability to make good plays...is a versatile player and dependable in all zones...neds to learn to use his size to his advantage...played for Team Sweden at the Under-18 World Championships in Finland.

NICHLAS TORP
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Sweden Jr. (SWE Jr.)
Team: HV 71 Jr.
D.O.B: April 10, 1989
Height: 5' 11”
Weight: 194 lbs.
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Ranked: 7th among European Skaters

Notes: Finished last season with 4 points (3 goals, 1 assist) and 42 penalty minutes in 17 games...a hard working defenseman that likes to make the simple play...has a strong shot from the point...a heady player that makes good decisions with the puck...leads on the ice and is effective on the power-play...needs to improve his overall skating...missed most of the beginning of the season due to injury...captained Team Sweden at the Under-18 Five Nations Tournament in February, 2007 and played for Team Sweden at the 2007 Under-18 World Championships.

MAXIM GONCHAROV
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Russia-3 (RUS-3)
Team: CSKA 2
D.O.B: June 15, 1989
Height: 6' 0”
Weight: 176 lbs.
Position: Defense
Shoots: Right
Ranked: 9th among European Skaters

Notes: Played 19 games with CSKA 2 last season...a skilled offensively-minded defenseman...controls the puck well and is always involved in the play...plays with grit and is strong along the boards...has good acceleration and is solid on his skates...plays with intensity, but sometimes needs to improve his discipline.

PREVIOUS PREVIEWS:
Saturday, June 16th - North American Skaters (#26, #28), European Skater (#3)
Friday, June 15th - North American Skaters (#23, #24, #25)
Thursday, June 14th - North American Skaters (#20, #21, #22)
Wednesday, June 13th - North American Skaters (#14, #16, #18)
Tuesday, June 12th - North American Skaters (#11, #12, #13)
Monday, June 11th - North American Skaters (#8, #9, #10)
Sunday, June 10th - North American Skaters (#5, #6, #7)
Saturday, June 9th - North American Skaters (#1, #2, #3)
Friday, June 8th - European Goaltenders
Thursday, June 7th - North American Goaltenders
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