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COYOTES DRAFT PREVIEW: TUESDAY

Tuesday, 06.19.2007 / 11:31 AM / 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 13th, 14th & 15th ranked European Skater, as compiled by Central Scouting’s Final Rankings.

NICLAS LUCENIUS
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Finland Jr.
Team: Tappara Jr.
D.O.B: May 3, 1989
Height: 6' 0”
Weight: 189 lbs.
Position: Center
Shoots Left
Ranked: 13th among European Skaters

Notes: Scored 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 33 games last season...playmaking forward...sees the ice well and makes good decisions with the puck...has good passing ability and is good in the face-off circle...works hard every shift...needs to improve his overall skating...needs to increase his strength to be more effective along the boards.

VLASSI KOKKALA
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Finland Jr.
Team: TPS
D.O.B: March 20, 1989
Height: 6' 1”
Weight: 192 lbs.
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Ranked: 14th among European Skaters

Notes: In 42 games last season, recorded 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists) with TPS...a versatile forward with good skating ability...has good stickhandling skill and is effective in one-on-one situations...sees the ice very well and creates scoring chances for his teammates...works hard and has good speed...needs to improve his shot...does not shy away from the physical play, but needs to add a physical presence to his game.

VLADIMIR RUZICKA
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Czech Jr.
Team: Slavia
D.O.B: February 17, 1989
Height: 6' 3”
Weight: 196 lbs.
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Ranked: 14th among European Skaters

Notes: Last season, scored 58 points (24 goals, 34 assists) in 37 games with Slavia of the Czech Jr. league...a creative, skilled forward...has good hand-eye coordination and controls the puck well...has a hard shot and able to score many different ways...sees the ice well and effective on the power play...needs to increase his intensity...played for the Czech Republic at the 2007 Under-18 World Championship...his father was selected in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs and played four seasons in the NHL.

PREVIOUS PREVIEWS:
Monday, June 18th - European Skaters (#10, #11 & #12)
Sunday, June 17th - European Skaters (#5, #7 & #9)
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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