The top five skaters from Central Europe

Updated: March 31, 2011, 2:37 PM ET
By Lars-Ove Haraldsson

A few years back and this list would have been ripe with names from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. But we're currently in the middle of a down cycle from those nations and -- in fact -- the top Czech prospect was actually born in Omsk, Russia. On the other hand, the Swiss seem to be rising more regularly into the top prospect ranks.

After looking at the top skating prospects in Russia, we're turning our gaze to the middle of the continent. Here are the top five prospects from Central Europe: