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Preds select DAVID ELSNER - 7th round - 194th overall



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Elsner is a good-sized winger who spent the bulk of this past season playing in Germany’s 2nd Bundesliga for the Landshut Cannibals. There he was a teammate of Kuehnhackl, although he saw most of his action on the third and fourth lines, as his game is more about getting into opponents' faces and under their skin. Nonetheless, he did handle the physical rigors admirably and put up six goals, three assists and 22 penalty minutes in 35 games. He also spent time with Landshut’s DNL team (primarily in the first half of the season), where he always played a central role, collecting 10 goals, seven assists, 63 penalty minutes and a +9 rating. He rejoined the junior team and added two goals, four assists, 12 penalty minutes and a +6 rating in five playoff games.

Like many of his fellow draft eligibles, Elsner also wore his country’s national team jersey at the Division 1 U18 tournament in Poland, where he totaled four assists, a +7 rating and a team-high 14 penalty minutes in five games. As these totals would indicate, his role with the team was more that of providing an intimidation factor. Good-sized for his age, he can have quite the mean streak and possesses the strength to back it up. He checks hard and well, but is easily provoked and this leads to not only penalty minutes, but inconsistency in other parts of his game. He’s also guilty of taking the odd dip with respect to his invested effort, something that has held him back at times. Possessing a heavy shot to accompany the aforementioned brawn and mean streak, there are plenty of indications that he can grow into a power forward mold that every NHL team cherishes. Still, his development will have to include better decision-making and more consistency. There is definite upside for this prospect, who should continue to grow on all fronts.
http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article...010_nhl_draft/

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Sounds like Hartnell without as much skill.

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he was one of the surprises last season. he didn't receive much attention due to kuehnhackl, rieder and forster who played on a scoring kid-line, but he worked his butt off and helped to get back his team on track after a pretty bad start.

he will play for landshut in 2nd-tier again next season, but will likely get some DEL games with ingolstadt too.

i'd say it's a good 7th round pick and the way nashville treated their germans, i can see him trying NA one day.

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“Elsner is a hard-hitting forward, who does some things on the ice like Jordin Tootoo –if you do not keep your head up, you are going to pay the price,” Predators European Scout Martin Bakula said. “He likes to go after you, he likes to play physical and he likes to use his body. He will drive to the net, shoot from anywhere and stay in front of the crease.

An energy player, who can also kill penalties, Elsner won a gold medal with Germany at the 2009 Division I Under-18 Championships, posting four assists and a team-high 14 penalty minutes in five games at the tourney. The Landshut native is expected to play the 2010-11 season with ERC Ingolstadt of the German Elite League.
http://predators.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=533017

Interesting to note that Elsner will be promoted to the DEL next season...

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Interesting to note that Elsner will be promoted to the DEL next season...
He will likely play just a few DEL games. Like with Kuehnhackl and Augsburg last season Landshut decides when to send David to Ingolstadt. He will get plenty of icetime in all situations with the cannibals.

Unfortunately the DEL is not league to develope players. Most teams are managed and coached really really bad and Ingolstadt used to be one of them. Their manager is more into fully developed players with english accent.

As a season ticket holder of the cannibals I really like his hard nosed game. He backs up to nobody! His game is still very raw but he has all the tools, the frame and the drive to be a forward in the Hartnell mold.

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He will likely play just a few DEL games. Like with Kuehnhackl and Augsburg last season Landshut decides when to send David to Ingolstadt. He will get plenty of icetime in all situations with the cannibals.

Unfortunately the DEL is not league to develope players. Most teams are managed and coached really really bad and Ingolstadt used to be one of them. Their manager is more into fully developed players with english accent.

As a season ticket holder of the cannibals I really like his hard nosed game. He backs up to nobody! His game is still very raw but he has all the tools, the frame and the drive to be a forward in the Hartnell mold.
Interesting info. Thanks! I realize he's a long-term project, but when do you think he'll be ready/willing to make the jump to North America or another European league to further his development since as you say, the DEL is not really a good league to develop in...

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He will likely play just a few DEL games. Like with Kuehnhackl and Augsburg last season Landshut decides when to send David to Ingolstadt. He will get plenty of icetime in all situations with the cannibals.

Unfortunately the DEL is not league to develope players. Most teams are managed and coached really really bad and Ingolstadt used to be one of them. Their manager is more into fully developed players with english accent.

As a season ticket holder of the cannibals I really like his hard nosed game. He backs up to nobody! His game is still very raw but he has all the tools, the frame and the drive to be a forward in the Hartnell mold.
Is there any chance he'll follow Kuhnhackl and come to the CHL?

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