Draft day has come and gone and we have a bunch of new baby birds in the nest! I've been out of touch with the hockey world lately with my 9 year old niece in town. I'm not sure why I am bothering to do this since there have been 20 put out already. I got a lot from it last season, even if no one else did so I decided to go ahead. We know about Alexcander Burmistrov, Atlanta's first round pick of the 2010 draft, let's learn some more about the rest of our new guys!
Julian Melchiori (D)
Richmond Hill, Ontario
6'3 186 lbs
3rd round, 87th overall
Julian moved up in the draft 16 spots from what he was ranked mid-term. In the 2009-10 season, Julian played for the New Market Hurricanes of the CCHL. Julian is a big strong skater. Though he is defensive minded, he can chip-in offensively. He will be heading to college next year, attending University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
Interesting fact about Julian, his uncle is Mike Murphy, former NHL player, coach and current NHL vice-president of hockey operations.
You can see Julian talking about being a Thrasher here:
6'2'' 194 lbs
4th Round, 101 overall
In the 4th round, the Thrashers took another Russian! Ivan led all Spirit rookies with 26 goals and 44 points in 51 games in 2009-10. His coach calls him "Drago." You kids of the 80's will remember that as the name of the large frightening Russian that Rocky fought in Rocky IV. Ivan isn't as nasty as Ivan Drago from the film, but he's got some good size on him. One scout said:
"He's a big, strong kid who is really good on the cycle. He's not afraid to stand in front of the net and take abuse and tip pucks. There's a lot of Michal Handzus to his game."He is not very defensively aware and is expected to play wing at the highest level.
He was rated 33rd in North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings. Hockey's Future expects him to be a second or third liner in the NHL and says that though he has good size and skates fairly well, he is not as dynamic as the stereotypical Russian forward.
5th Round, 128th overall
Woo Hoo! A subject near and dear to my heart, Swedish Goalies! Thank you, Thrashers! Fredrik was the top-ranked Swedish netminder available for selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, and was rated second among European goaltenders in Central Scouting's final rankings.
He plays for Almtuna, in the Allsvenskan League. Last season Fredrik, posted a 1.85 GAA (best in the league) and .924 save percentage in 37 games. Fredrik was not on the midterm rankings list, so congrats on having a great last part of the season and playoff performance.
Scouts say he has a very projectable frame but will need to add more muscle mass in the coming years in order to maximize his prospect potential.
Yasin Cisse (pronounced See-Say) (RW)
5th Round, 150 overall
Wild Card! Yasin spent the last 2 seasons with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL where he played in 18 games racking up 19 points with 13 goals and 6 assists before he had a season ending injury (torn tendon in his ankle). Scouts say he has great size and plenty of power-forward potential, but injuries are a concern. He has committed to attend Boston University in either 2010-11 or 2011-12.
In 2009, Yassin scored a hat trick, you can see it here:
Kendall McFaull (pronounced Mic-Fall) (D)
6th Round, 155th overall
As a WHL rookie in 2009-10, Kendall produced 10 points, a plus-1 rating and 70 penalty minutes for the Warriors. He is an aggressive defenseman with a very projectable frame and some shutdown upside. He is willing to block shots and can play a steady game from the back end. He was rated 71st among North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings, 22 spots higher than in their mid-season rankings. Some scouts think he lacks high-end skill.
I looked up McFaull on youtube and immediately found several fights. Our boy can be a brawler!
Tanner Lane (C)
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
6th Round, 160th overall
Tanner has been playing for the Detroit Lake Lakers of the USHS league. In the opening two weeks of the 2009-10 season, Tanner had 10 goals in 4 games! According to his coach, Lane has “great size, speed and hands. He uses all these things to his advantage, especially in one-on-one battles. His work ethic is second to none, which makes him a dynamic player when you combine his skill with his determination.”
You can read a Q&A with Tanner here:
Sebastian Owuya (D)
6th Round, 169th overall
Are you sitting down?? The Thrashers have drafted a black Swedish defenceman...and his last name is Owuya. SERIOUSLY?? How cool would it be if Oduya and Owuya ever got to play together?? So back to Sebastian...he is a big and strong defensive defenseman. Very solid. Good positioning. Somewhat limited offensive awareness, but a good team player that can play the body well. Does a good job in front of the crease.
Another cool thing about Sebastian...he has a brother who is a goalie!!! Okay, that's enough cool points to rock my world, but add on top of that, his brother Mark fancies himself a rapper! Check it out:
Peter Stoykewych (D)
7th Round, 199 overall
Peter played with the Winnipeg South Blues of the MJHL for the last two seasons and is expected to head to Colorado College next season.