Future Considerations

2012 eligible Frk, other undraftees impress at World Juniors
January 10, 2011, 1:57 am
Filed under: Europe, World Junior Championship | Tags: , , ,

From Dan Stewart:

The award for top underage prospect, meaning not even draft eligible this year, was an easy one this year.

Top Underage Prospect: #5 F Martin Frk.

The choices were limited and Frk was the only prospect that made a real impression. Just ask Canadian defensman Erik Gudbranson who took a ’between the legs hook and jerk’ which was called a spear and resulted in a game misconduct for the young Czech player.

Despite some undisciplined play, Frk was able to show off his pro style shot, incredible vision and natural instincts while racking up six points in six games.

The award for best undrafted overage prospect is not awarded to who many would think in athletic goaltender Benjamin Conz who had another great preformance this year and kept a highly overmatched Swiss squad in most games and was a big reason they were unrelegated.

It was also not the popular choice and also deserving late-bloomer Jyrki Jokipakka who really showed his impressive two-way skills while playing on the Finnish backend in Buffalo. He should however hear his name called in the later rounds of this Junes draft after being passed over last year.

Best Overage Undrafted Prospect: #7 F Anton Burdasov.

While he didn’t show up much on the game stats sheets, Burdasov’s intensity and play both with the puck and away from it were outstanding all tournament long. Being passed over in two NHL drafts definitely has more to do with the ’Russian Factor’ than his skill set as he looked more determined and intense than he has in three previous years of scouting.

Despite the Russian factor, why wouldn’t an NHL organization use a late round selection on a six-foot-three 200-pound power winger with super soft hands, an explosive skating stride and strong hockey sense.

Dan Stewart is the chief scout of Future Considerations. Follow the latest 2011 NHL Entry Draft news from Future Considerations via FC’s Official Twitter Feed at www.twitter.com/FCHockey.


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