Alexander Khokhlachev, a left wing/center for Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League, and Adam Pettersson, a right wing for Skelleftea, are ranked twenty-ninth on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.
Each day as we get closer to the June 24 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, MN, the Islanders Draft Central will update with a new North American and European player profile. Below, each of the top 30 North American and European prospects will be listed.
Isles Scout Tim MacLean On Alexander Khokhlachev - Khokhlachev, a Russian forward, adapted very well in Windsor and showed good grit to go with high-end skills. He lacks height, but has a solid build and plays in traffic well. He has good hands around the net. He put up 76 points in the regular season and was second in OHL playoff scoring when his team lost in the semi-finals. He had an impressive rookie year.
Isles Scout Vellu Kautonen On Adam Pettersson - Pettersson is a hard working player with good top end speed.
If the Islanders select Alexander Khokhlachev, he will be the fourth player drafted by the franchise who played junior hockey for the Windsor Spitfires.
The Isles most recent Spitfires selection was Josh Bailey (2008, 9th overall), who will embark on his fourth NHL campaign next season. In his first three campaigns, Bailey played 211 games and posted 88 points (34 goals, 54 assists).
Jeff Zehr (1997, 31st overall) and D.J. Smith (1995, 41st overall) also played games in the NHL, but neither of them dressed in games for the Islanders.
Zehr dressed in four games for the Boston Bruins and served one minor penalty. Smith played 11 games in two seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs before playing in 34 games for the Colorado Avalanche. In a three season span, he earned one goal and one assist, while putting up 67 penalty mintues.