Roman Horak and Pavel Valentenko came in tied in the 11th round. Time to break the tie.
Born May 21 1991 -- Ceske Budejovice, Czech Rep.
Height 6.01 -- Weight 185 -- Shoots L
2009-10 Chilliwack Bruins WHL 66 games 21-26-47 points 39 PIM
2010-11 Chilliwack Bruins WHL 33 games 16-28-44 points 30 PIM
Gordie Clark quote: "He just got better and better and more and more confident. When I saw him in the playoffs, it was 60 minutes of just intense skating and banging. He was right in the middle of it, and I couldn't be more pleased."
Born Oct 20 1987 -- Moscow, Russia
Height 6.02 -- Weight 220 -- Shoots L
2007-08 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 57 1-15-16 58
2008-09 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 4 0-2-2 2
2008-09 Moscow Dynamo KHL 8 0-1-1 8
2009-10 Moscow Dynamo KHL 7 0-0-0 2
2010-11 Hartford Wolf Pack/CT Whale AHL 41 1-5-6 22
Gordie Clark quote: "He's a guy you are not going to want to play against. He's aggressive and finishes his checks all the time. He's a physical, in-your-face defenseman. We knew him from his draft year and we knew he played like a North American. He wants to play in the National Hockey League for sure."
A good argument can be made for either. Went with Horak because he's having a tremendous season in the WHL. If he played the full 72 games, he'd get close to 100 points. Even with a few missed games, he'll still get at least 90 points. Not that there's anything wrong with Valentenko, I really like him too.
Some people may have the wrong read of the kind of player Valentenko is. He's got a big shot but he's never been a big point producer. He's more a stay at home physical d-man--something akin to a Volchenkov type. Whether he becomes close or as good as Volchenkov is a wait and see but he should become a solid NHL defenseman anyway. Expectations for him being an offensive d-man are not and never really have been in the cards.
Horak got a lot of good reviews at Travers City and a lot of praise from the coaching staff during camp. Since then he has gone on to perform exceedingly well for Chilliwack. I did not see him play at the WJC, but I did read reports that a) the Czech team was dreadful and b) he was among the best players on it, but was getting almost no help.
I really like VTank for his nasty play around the crease, but he slots after both Horak and Fasth for me.