NHL Draft profile: Sven Baertschi
June, 16, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series on top prospects for the NHL Draft looks at Sven Baertschi, a Swiss forward who plays for Portland of the Western Hockey League.
Background on 2011 draft prospect Sven Baertschi. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: October 5, 1992/Bern, Switzerland
Height/Weight: 5-10/181 pounds
Position: Left Wing
2010-11 Team: Portland (WHL)
|NHL Central Scouting||7th (North American skaters)|
|Red Line Report||27th overall|
|International Scouting Services||11th overall|
|The Hockey News||8th overall|
|Led WHL rookies in scoring, registering 85 points (34 goals, 51 assists) in 66 games with Portland. Tied for 2nd in WHL playoff scoring with 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 21 games as Portland made it to the championship series. Picked up 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) in 6 games for Switzerland at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo.|
|Played for Langenthal (Swiss-B) in 2009-10, registering 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) in 37 games. Also registered 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) in 9 games playing for Zug in Elite Junior A hockey in Switzerland.|
|ESPN.com Scouting Report|
|Positives: Hockey sense and vision, still skills, skating, defensive awareness and play without the puck.
Negatives: Smallish in size and not physical.
Link: ESPN.com Sven Baertschi Profile
|"Baertschi is a finesse player. He has very quick hands and is a deft puckhandler. His radar vision probably makes him the best in the WHL at distributing the puck." - Blair MacDonald, NHL Central Scouting
"Very well-rounded player who plays a determined and hard working brand of hockey that coaches can’t get enough of. He understands the dynamics of the game in all zones and has excellent vision and hands around the puck." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"Swiss winger followed Nino Niederreiter to Portland and made a very quick transition to the North American game. Top-six upside, maybe even first-line upside. Has the ability to play a defensive role that will help him break into the NHL in a third- or fourth-line role after another junior season." - ESPN.com
|2009-10||Zug (Swiss, Jr.)||9||10||13||23||-||4|
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.