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Canadiens European prospects 2009-10 review

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/1202...s200910_review/

Written by: Ian Bross on 04/06/2010

The Canadiens have seven prospects who spent their 2009-10 campaigns in Europe – four forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender. Four of the seven were selected in the 2009 draft.

Joonas Nattinen, C – Espoo Blues (SM-Liiga)

6'2 183 lbs

Acquired: 3rd round, 65th overall, 2009

Nattinen isn't yet ready to hold down a full-time job in the SM-Liiga. The 19-year-old split the 2009-10 season between the Espoo Blues and Hokki of Mestis, Finland's second-tier professional league. Though initially loaned to Hokki in January to play a handful of games, Nattinen remained through the month of February. He registered four points in 10 games. Upon his return to Espoo, he saw sporadic playing time, ending up with three assists in 23 games.

Nattinen was also a participant in the 2010 WJC for Finland, registering five assists in six games. Nattinen's professional career in Europe is still in its infancy. He has two years left on his contract with Espoo to establish himself.

Andreas Engqvist, C – Djurgardens IF (SEL)

6'4 199 lbs

Acquired: Free Agent (2009)

Signed by the Canadiens to a free-agent contract last July, Engqvist had a hot and cold 2009-10 season in the SEL. It was the 23-year-old's fourth year as a regular for Djurgardens, but he spent it in different areas of the lineup, line combinations, and positions. Early in the year, Engqvist seemed to click with Jacob Josefson (NJ) and Marcus Kruger (CHI), but the combination didn't last long.

Still, with all said and done, Engqvist managed new career highs in each offensive category. He had 14 goals and 17 assists for 26 points. For Engqvist, it would not be unexpected if he undergoes a change of scenery in the fall.

Alexander Avtsin, RW – Moscow Dynamo (KHL)

6'2 198 lbs

Acquired: 4th round, 109th overall, 2009

The highly gifted Avtsin picked apart the competition in the Russian junior hockey league last year, the MHL. The 2009 draft pick attempted to make the transition to the KHL's Moscow Dynamo this year, but was ultimately taken out of commission by injury. A broken wrist has since healed, allowing the 19-year-old to prepare for play with the Russian junior national team in mid April.

As a teenager, Avtsin skated in 30 games in with Dynamo and held his own. He had three goals and six assists. Avtsin's agent claims the winger has his sights set on an NHL job. Though talented and possessing the upside of a top-six forward, Avtsin has room to grow away from the offensive game.

Maxim Trunev, RW – Severstal Cherepovets (KHL)

5'11 176 lbs

Acquired: 5th round, 138th overall, 2008

Trunev had an unremarkable 2009-10 season. He divided his time with Severstal and Almaz Cherepovets of the MHL. While producing well at the MHL level with 24 points in 14 games, Trunev's numbers in the KHL with Severstal have remained more or less the same as a year ago. An offensively oriented player, Trunev scored three goals and two assists. His five points in 30 games tied his total from 2008-09. Though talented, Trunev's ability to produce is crucial to his prospect status. The 19-year-old's contract concludes at the end of the month.

Alexei Yemelin, D – AK Bars Kazan (KHL)

6'0 187 lbs

Acquired: 3rd round, 84th overall, 2004

Yemelin re-signed with the KHL's Kazan AK Bars this offseason. He played out the first of two years under his new contract in 2009-10. Yemelin reprised his role as a gritty defensive defenseman. He is not a risk taker, playing a simple game and bringing an edge, though not physically overpowering.

Yemelin is not one to produce much offensively, with an average seasonal point total in the single digits. This year, Yemelin recorded a goal and six assists. He also was credited with a total of 50 penalty minutes – a career low. Historically, Yemelin has been known to accumulate high penalty minute totals, but he is not an extraordinarily undisciplined player by NHL playing standards.

Niklas Torp, D – HV 71 (SEL)

5'11 196 lbs

Acquired: 6th round, 163rd overall, 2007

Torp is in his second season with HV 71 in the Elitserien. Logging occasional special teams minutes while skating primarily on the team's bottom pairing, the soon-to-be 21-year-old has scored a goal and five assists on the year. He has also logged 93 penalty minutes.

Torp has a reputation for aggressive play. This propensity to be physical comes at the expense of his positioning. Torp often leaves his defensive assignment to engage his opposition, sometimes resulting in chances against. A smaller, feisty defender with a hard shot, Torp's skill set is comparable to Francis Bouillon.

Petteri Simila, G – KalPa Junior A (SM-Liiga)

6'6 189 lbs

Acquired: 7th Round, 211th overall, 2009

Simila started the year in North America, a member of the OHL's Niagara IceDogs. The transition was not kind to him, however, and after 11 games that saw him post a 4.14 goals-against average, he was traded. Rather than remain with Barrie, the team that acquired him, he returned home to Finland. Simila agreed to a two-year deal with KalPa Kuopio.

The move seemed to pay off initially. Simila won his first five contests for the organization's Junior A team in impressive fashion. In his brief regular season, seven games, he had a 1.55 goals-against average and .943 save percentage. Simila and his team were quickly eliminated in postseason play shortly thereafter. The rangy goaltender's development is just getting underway.

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Canadiens European prospects 2009-10 review

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/1202...s200910_review/

Alexander Avtsin, RW – Moscow Dynamo (KHL)

6'2 198 lbs

Acquired: 4th round, 109th overall, 2009

The highly gifted Avtsin picked apart the competition in the Russian junior hockey league last year, the MHL. The 2009 draft pick attempted to make the transition to the KHL's Moscow Dynamo this year, but was ultimately taken out of commission by injury. A broken wrist has since healed, allowing the 19-year-old to prepare for play with the Russian junior national team in mid April.

As a teenager, Avtsin skated in 30 games in with Dynamo and held his own. He had three goals and six assists. Avtsin's agent claims the winger has his sights set on an NHL job. Though talented and possessing the upside of a top-six forward, Avtsin has room to grow away from the offensive game.

Hockey's Future should really do their research first, the MHL didn't exist last year....

Maxim Trunev, RW – Severstal Cherepovets (KHL)

5'11 176 lbs

Acquired: 5th round, 138th overall, 2008

Trunev had an unremarkable 2009-10 season. He divided his time with Severstal and Almaz Cherepovets of the MHL. While producing well at the MHL level with 24 points in 14 games, Trunev's numbers in the KHL with Severstal have remained more or less the same as a year ago. An offensively oriented player, Trunev scored three goals and two assists. His five points in 30 games tied his total from 2008-09. Though talented, Trunev's ability to produce is crucial to his prospect status. The 19-year-old's contract concludes at the end of the month.

If you want to critique his offensive performance, his international play would be a better criteria.

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Hockey's Future should really do their research first, the MHL didn't exist last year....

If you want to critique his offensive performance, his international play would be a better criteria.

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To start off i can only really speak about the two Swedes here. See to little of KHL and SM liga to really judge the others to much.

Torp is probably one of the most experienced prospects among the habs organization (only the last two years he has appeard on 2 finals in the SEL, one this year). He can play physical you all know that, and as described above, he likes to challange his forward oppnant and gets out from his position when doing that. Its ok if the play requiers it but he needs to work on his discipline and defensive awearness imo. he is still good and paired with the right man, he can be a NHL'er. Its hard to say becouse the SEL is so much more about controling a game compared to NHL.

I would like to see him in a camp or something more than just the worldjr's. thats to short to really know if a guy can adapt from the bigger rinks and a much more controling game to more intesive and physical style. Skillwise, he can though.

Andreas Enqvist: Met Torp's HV 71 in the final this year and lost. Had his best season so far and held his own in the playoffs (not shining but he was there and made some goals and assits).

He will have his shot on next years camp for sure. No doubt about that. if he takes it is another question. He has the size and definetly the shot to be a 3rd line centerman (2nd with some luck).

His hockeyknowledge is also on par to play in NHl, no question. he isnt really all that physical but protects the puck rather good (this season, still needs to work on that) and has to use his wicked wristshot much more for the NHL though. His skating needs to be better too, a little slow but not bad. I can see Andreas making a case for next year if nothing happens during the summer (injuries).

Time will tell, he is keen on making a shot for it though and with the right mindset 8dont be so shy, many swedes are) he might just make it.

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