How many Danes will be drafted in 2011?
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01-12-2011, 10:58 AM
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I see Jensen as being picked around #20 at this point. For the rest, they really need to shine at the U18 World Champs in April as not many NHL scouts will go to Denmark to scout players. This may also give Meyer a slight advantage over the rest now that he's playing in Sweden.
My current percentage of these players getting drafted:
Meyer: 25 %
Haven't seen him play much but he doesn't strike me as an NHL type player.
Spelling: 15 %
I could see a team taking a flyer on him, but he needs to show it outside the Danish League.
Russell: 10 %
Again, being in Sweden could be an advantage and he did well at the U20, but he strikes me as being wildly inconsistent.
Sass: Less than 5 %
His injury from the traffic accident is still setting him back IMHO. In fact, I think he was playing way better at this time last season than he is right now. Being the Captain on the U18 team should mean that he'll at least get a chance to prove himself at the U18 World Champs.
But, as you can see, so much hinges on the U18 Championships in April so it's too early to tell.
All in all, I'd probably say that there's less than 50 % chance of anyone other than Jensen getting drafted.
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