Fan.At -- thanks for your work compiling the list of Austrian players currently playing abroad. It was just what I was looking for, and I think it made for a nice addition to the NHL.com article on Austrian hockey.
What do you think will be the entry position of our Austrian prospects Michael Grabner and Andreas Nödl?
Furthermore which franchise will draft them?
Appreciate your comments
Grabner I could see going somewhere in the range from 25 - 40, maybe even earlier.
Nödl probably in the third round.
It is difficult to say which Teams will draft them. I saw Grabner go in many Mock Drafts going to the New York Rangers (something i personally do not like) and Nödl's ties with Vanek could land him a spot in Buffalo. But thats pure speculation. I would like to see both go to organizations who have a good record in developing forwards, like Philadelphia, Colorado or San Jose for example.
I am very happy Vancouver drafted Michael Grabner at 14th. He was the player I wanted the Canucks to draft because he is a very speedy sniper that has potential to be a very good 1st liner, which is what Vancouver needs.
Picture of Grabner:
A few austrians will play in lower leagues outside of their home country this season:
Walter Bartholomäus - New Mexico Scorpions
Kristof Reinthaler - Dallas Stars Juniors
Andre Niec - Bloomington Prairie Thunder
Mickael Pierron - Phantoms Deurne
Martin Iberer - Quad City Express
Chris Harand has returned to Austria and will play for KAC.
Walter Bartholomäus has been released by the New Mexico Scorpions.
Andre Niec has been bouncing around and has been waived by his last team, Fayetteville of the SPHL.
Here for the news Hannover Scorpions-Fans will like (in case they do not yet know):
Oliver Setzinger has signed a contract with Hannover. Although it looks like the contract has an NHL-out-clause and Setzinger would prefer to sign for an NHL team after the WC.