Islanders Draft Central Day 29: Alexander Khokhlachev & Adam Pettersson

With 29 days left until the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, help the New York Islanders count down to draft day, where they will have the fifth overall pick.

Friday, 05.27.2011 / 12:14 PM / 2011 Draft Central
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Islanders Draft Central Day 29: Alexander Khokhlachev & Adam Pettersson
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.
draft profiles
Alexander Khokhlachev
North American Skater
Windsor, OHL
Final Rank:  29 Midterm Rank:  45
Position:  Left Wing/Center
Shoots:  Left
Height:  5'10" Weight:  188
Born:  September 9, 1993 
Hometown:  Moscow, RUS
Adam Pettersson
European Skater
Skelleftea, SWEDEN
Final Rank:  29 Midterm Rank:  50
Position:  Right Wing
Shoots:  Left
Height:  6'0" Weight:  185
Born:  January 13, 1992
Hometown:  Skelleftea, SWE

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.
May 26, 2011 - 30th in CSS Ranking
Rickard Rakell (North American) |
Alessio Bertaggia (European)

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.
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Colorado Avalanche
3. Florida Panthers
4. New Jersey Devils
5. New York Islanders
Round 1 - 5th overall
Round 2 -
34th overall
Round 2 -
50th overall
(from Wisniewski  deal to Montreal)
Round 3 -
63rd overall
(from 4th round 2010 draft selection dealt to Colorado)
Round 4 -
94th overall
Round 5 -
124th overall
Round 5 -
126th overall
(from two 6th round 2010 draft picks dealt to Atlanta)
Round 7 -
184th overall

Ontario Hockey League
Windsor Spitfires

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.



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