Zach Kassian battles Tommi Kivisto in front of the net. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
With the Ivan Hlinka tournament finished, we check in with our player-scouts one last time. As always, we were privileged to get observations from Team Canada members Taylor Hall and Ryan Ellis, both of the Windsor Spitfires, and Team USA’s Collin Bowman of the Kelowna Rockets. Canada beat Russia 6-3 to win the gold.
Kirill Kabanov, LW, Russia: “He is a lanky ’92 birthday who works hard and sees the ice well,” Bowman said. “I also noticed he finds the open spaces as well as I have seen out here. He always seems to find the quiet ice to get a pass and make a play.” Kabanov plays for Moscow Spartak and is draft eligible in 2010.
Alexander Burmistrov, C, Russia: “Burmistrov was also someone to take note of,” Bowman said. “Not an overly big guy, but has tremendous puck skills and is a shifty center.”
Added Hall: “This kid was unreal. I thought he was the best player on the ice for the Russians. He wasn’t really quick, but he had great hands and passed through sticks and skates with ease.” Burmistrov plays for Ak Bars Kazan and is draft eligible in 2010.
Dmitry Orlov, D, Russia: “Captain of their team,” Ellis noted. “Good puck mover, kept it simple. Throws his body around as well.” Orlov plays for Metallurg Novokuznetsk and is draft eligible in 2009.
Tommi Kivisto, D, Finland: “He sees the ice very well and always seemed to make a great first pass while playing a real steady defensive game,” Bowman noted. Kivisto will play for the Red Deer Rebels (WHL) this season and is draft eligible in 2009.
Mikael Granlund, C, Finland: “Definitely the stud forward of their team,” Bowman said. “Another mid-sized shifty center with great puck skills and a knack around the net.” Granlund plays for Karpat Oulu and is draft eligible in 2010.
Marek Mazanec, G, Czech Republic: “He was really good in the game I watched and in the game against us,” Bowman said. “He looks big in the net and gives off very few rebounds, making the first save and not giving up much else.” Mazanec plays for HC Plzen and is draft eligible in 2009.
Michal Poletin, LW, Czech Republic: “Great with the puck and really looked like a smart player who could find the open man,” Bowman said. Poletin plays for Slavia Praha and is draft eligible in 2009.
Patrick Cehlin, LW, Sweden: “Very aggressive, plays in-your-face hockey and is average sized, but likes to get physical here and there,” Ellis noted. “Has a decent skill level and can score. Smart player and very effective in the offensive end.” Cehlin plays for Djurgardens and is draft eligible in 2009.
Anton Lander, LW, Sweden: “The same type of player as Cehlin, but just not quite as good,” Ellis said. “Good hands and a good skater and he can score.” Lander plays for Timra and is draft eligible in 2009.
Magnus Svensson-Paajarvi, LW, Sweden: “He’s a big player and uses his body to his advantage,” Ellis noted. “He has a high skill level and has good on-ice vision. He doesn’t hit too much, but isn’t scared to get physical.” Svensson-Paajarvi plays for Timra and is draft eligible in 2009.
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