Canada generic viagra When Don Maloney left to become the Phoenix Coyotes GM, canada generic viagra it created a vacuum in the Rangers’ front office that probably won’t be filled until after the Draft. Canada generic viagra With Maloney gone, canada generic viagra President/GM Glen Sather will have to lean on his two top remaining lieutenants: Head Amateur Scout Gordie Clark and Director, canada generic viagra Player Personnel – Europe Christer Rockstrom.

It has long been commonplace for the Rangers to turn to Rockstrom in the middle and especially late in the draft for what I term a “Christer Rockstrom Special” – a European player who is usually off the radar. Canada generic viagra However, canada generic viagra things might be different in 2007.

With Maloney gone, canada generic viagra Sather might turn to Rockstrom at the start of the draft. Canada generic viagra The last time the Rangers drafted a European-born player in the first round was in Neil Smith’s last draft in 1999 when they selected Pavel Brendl. Canada generic viagra While, canada generic viagra the Blueshirts did draft Filip Novak with their first selection in 2000, canada generic viagra he was a second round selection (#64).

With NHL teams having only two years to sign European draft picks and with no transfer agreement in place with Russia, canada generic viagra some teams are understandably shy when it comes to drafting European players – and this might play into the Rangers’ hands.

One player who is most intriguing is Maxim Mayorov. Canada generic viagra Playing abilities aside, canada generic viagra teams might be reluctant to draft the Russian LW because of the lack of a transfer agreement. Canada generic viagra With that said, canada generic viagra Mayorov is too valuable to pass up – especially with the 17th pick.

THN wrote that scouts compare the 6-foot-2 and 187 pound Mayorov to Nashville’s Alexander Radulov while ISS compares him to Chicago’s Nikita Aleexev. Canada generic viagra THN rates him as the 14 best player, canada generic viagra ISS has him as the 8th best player and CSS rates him as the 4th best European skater. Canada generic viagra In 33 games with Leningorsk in Russia, canada generic viagra he scored 6 goals and 4 assists with 6 PIM.

THN offered a variety of reviews on Mayorov.

Scout 1: “He’s one of those guys who if he doesn’t score for you, canada generic viagra I’m not sure what else he can do for your team. Canada generic viagra From what I’ve seen his best games are against inferior competition where he can really show his flash and dash.”

Scout 2: “He has actually turned out a lot better than I thought. Canada generic viagra He’s definitely a mid-first-rounder.”

THN: “Mayorov does; however, canada generic viagra intrigue scouts with his combination of size, canada generic viagra skating ability and offensive acumen. Canada generic viagra His speed allows him to create chances and he has the hands to make the most of his opportunities.”

Interestingly enough, canada generic viagra ISS didn’t take such a harsh stance on his all-around abilities. Canada generic viagra They wrote, canada generic viagra “Also he is far more advanced in his defensive responsibilities than most in this draft.”

ISS raved about his overall game when they said, canada generic viagra “…Mayorov will be a player that teams can be assured of playing in the league for a long time. Canada generic viagra [He] has the combination of size, canada generic viagra speed and talent that many scouts argue is a “model” for a National Hockey League Player.”

Another top player who might fall to the Rangers is Mikael Backlund. Canada generic viagra The 6-foot-0 and 191 pound Swedish center had quite a trying draft year. Canada generic viagra After a slow start, canada generic viagra Backlund’s troubles were further compounded by a knee injury. Canada generic viagra As a result, canada generic viagra in 27 games with Vasteras he scored 8 goals and added 7 assists with 22 PIM. Canada generic viagra However, canada generic viagra Backlund again caught the eyes of scouts when he led Sweden to a third place finish in the Under-18 championships with a tournament best 6 goals in 6 games.

THN rates Backlund the 37th best player, canada generic viagra CSS rates him as the 2nd best European skater and ISS rates him 10th overall and compares him to Mike Sillinger.

In their 2007 Draft Preview THN wrote, canada generic viagra “Backlund was being touted as one of the top draft-eligible players in Sweden when the season started, canada generic viagra but a long-term knee injury moved him down in the rankings. Canada generic viagra ‘He kind of fell off the map for about four months, canada generic viagra’ one scout said. Canada generic viagra But the smooth skating center had an excellent Under-18 tourney which moved him back up.”

ISS writes, canada generic viagra “He possesses innate ability to find seams in the defensive zone and capitalize on the opportunities that he garners from that trait. Canada generic viagra He can score important goals to lift his team. Canada generic viagra His competitiveness and his strong leadership are other traits that we love.”

Another European-born player that intrigues me is LW Lars Eller. Canada generic viagra The 6-foot-0 and 189 pound native of Denmark played with Vastra Frolunda Jr. Canada generic viagra in Sweden. Canada generic viagra In 23 games, canada generic viagra he scored 13 goals and 23 assists with 28 PIM. Canada generic viagra In 5 games with Denmark’s World Junior team, canada generic viagra he scored 2 goals and 5 assists – albeit against lesser-talented teams.

It was that showing in the WJC that made scouts notice him.

“Eller impressed scouts with his speed and skill, canada generic viagra” ISS writes. Canada generic viagra “[He] doesn’t need much room to operate. Canada generic viagra Has the kind of speed and moves that force defenders to back off the blueline. Canada generic viagra Was impressive in the playoffs and helped lead Frolunda to the league championship. Canada generic viagra He seems to be a step ahead with his vision/decision making which gives him a good passing game.”

THN rates him as the 35th best player and CSS rates him the 3rd best European skater. Canada generic viagra ISS rates him as the 18th best player and compares him to Michael Nylander.

THN points out he has the skill and size to play in the NHL, canada generic viagra but scouts are unsure how he will translate his game to North America. Canada generic viagra One scout told them, canada generic viagra “He seems sleepy at times. Canada generic viagra You’d like to see him take charge more.”

One final European-born player of interest is Michal Repik. Canada generic viagra The 5-foor-10 and 193 pound RW has one big advantage over the other players I have profiled – he spent the last two years playing with Vancouver in the WHL and has adjusted his style of play to North America. Canada generic viagra He came on strong in the second half of the season and during the Junior playoffs and Memorial Cup. Canada generic viagra In 56 regular season games, canada generic viagra he scored 24 goals and 31 assists with 56 PIM. Canada generic viagra In 22 post-season games, canada generic viagra he scored 10 goals and 16 assists.

CSS rates him as the 58th best North American skater. Canada generic viagra THN rates him as the 33rd best player and “… has drawn comparisons to Milan Hejduk.” ISS rates him the 26th best player and compares him to Henrik Zetterberg.

Repik might be a reach at 17, canada generic viagra but he might be worth looking it at if the Rangers can trade down and players and/or draft picks. Canada generic viagra At the very least, canada generic viagra he would be a lock as a second round draft pick.

One scout told THN, canada generic viagra “He might be a guy, canada generic viagra a few years down the road, canada generic viagra where we’re saying, canada generic viagra ‘I wish we had taken him sooner.’”

While ISS expressed concerns over his size, canada generic viagra strength and penchant for playing on the perimeter, canada generic viagra they praised his hockey sense and his ability to elevate his game as the season progressed.

“He had an impressive second half of this season, canada generic viagra and added some grit to his game that we felt was lacking earlier in the year. Canada generic viagra He seems to be a step ahead with his vision/decision making which gives him a good passing game. Canada generic viagra He has excellent scoring instincts and tremendous puck-handling skills.”

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