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COYOTES DRAFT PREVIEW: THURSDAY

Tuesday, 06.19.2007 / 12:49 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 19th, 20th & 21st ranked European Skaters, as compiled by Central Scouting’s Final Rankings.

VITALI KARAMNOV
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Russia
Team: Dynamo Moscow
D.O.B: August 8, 1989
Height: 6' 1”
Weight: 176 lbs.
Position: Center
Shoots Right
Ranked: 19th among European Skaters

Notes: A skilled two-way center...has good skating skills and soft hands...has good hockey sense and passes the puck well...very defensively reliable and does what it takes for the team to win...needs to add a physical component to his game.

JAN PISKACEK
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Czech Jr.
Team: Klando Jr.
D.O.B: September 11, 1989
Height: 5' 11”
Weight: 189 lbs.
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Ranked: 20th among European Skaters

Notes: Recorded 12 points (1 goal, 11 assists) in 40 games last season...a fast defenseman with good balance and agility...plays physical and finishes checks with authority...has good stick-handling skills and competes for the puck...sometimes needs to move the puck more quickly and needs to improve his consistency.

HARRI ILVONEN
Central Scouting Highlight Video: 300K / 700K
League: Finland Jr.
Team: Tappara Jr.
D.O.B: November 3, 1988
Height: 6' 3”
Weight: 187 lbs.
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Ranked: 21st among European Skaters

Notes: Last season, scored 30 points (9 goals, 21 assists) in 39 games...a playmaking defenseman with strong skating abilitiy...a mobile skater with good hands...makes good decisions with the puck and able to make passes through traffic...defensively reliable and versatile...uses his size and reach to his advantage...needs to improve his first-step quickness.

PREVIOUS PREVIEWS:
Wednesday, June 20th - European Skaters (#16, #17 & #18)
Tuesday, June 19th - European Skaters (#13, #14 & #15)
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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