NHL Draft profile: Gabriel Landeskog
June, 6, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series of profiles on top prospects in the NHL Entry Draft focuses on Gabriel Landeskog, a Swedish left wing who plays with Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League.
Background on 2011 draft prospect Gabriel Landeskog. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: November 23, 1992/Stockholm, Sweden
Height/Weight: 6-0/207 pounds
Position: Left Wing
2010-11 Team: Kitchener (OHL)
|NHL Central Scouting||2nd (North American skaters)|
|Red Line Report||2nd overall|
|International Scouting Services||5th overall|
|The Hockey News||3rd overall|
|Registered 66 points (36 goals, 30 assists) in 53 games with Kitchener of the OHL. Missed time due to ankle injury. Had 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists) in 7 playoff games. Played for Sweden at 2011 World Junior Championship, but only got in one game due to ankle injury.|
|Named captain of Kitchener Rangers at age 17. ... Was Kitchener Rangers' Rookie of the Year and OHL First All-Rookie Team in 2009-10 after registering 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) in 61 games. ... Had 4 goals in 6 games for Sweden at the 2009 Under-18 World Championship. .... Made his Swedish Elite League debut at the age of 16 with Djurgarden in 2008-09 and picked up one assist in three games.|
|ESPN.com Scouting Report|
|Positives: Strength. Skating. Ability to win 50-50 pucks in the corners and along the way. Understanding of the game -- knows how to make most of his ability and knows his role. Fearless going to the net.
Negatives: Questions about his finishing ability.
Link: ESPN.com Gabriel Landeskog Profile
|"He is a good-size guy who is solid on his skates, not afraid to take the puck to the net or battle for it along the boards. His skating is very good in all areas. He plays the game with so much passion, he plays the game hard, he's a great mentor for players that are younger and older, maturity beyond his years. (He) doesn't need one game in the American league next year -- he should step right into the NHL. I think the team that gets him next year is
going to get a player that helps them win a Stanley Cup." - Chris Edwards, NHL Central Scouting
"An incredibly dynamic and versatile player, Landeskog is one of the only Europeans ever to captain a CHL team and many believe he will do the same at the NHL level one day. He has great hands and agility, is determined and focused around the puck and isn’t afraid to take abuse to make a play. He is very strong on his skates and takes contact well while protecting possession or drawing defenders to him." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"He's the best player in the draft. He could have played in the NHL two years ago. If he didn't care about defense, he'd score 50 goals just for fun." - A scout, quoted in The Hockey News Draft Preview 2011
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.
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