Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Nashville Predators Pick Up Two Players in the Seventh Round at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft

The Nashville Predators finished their work with two seventh round picks in the final round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at the Staples Center.

With the 194th pick they selected David Elsner from EV Landshut in the German-2 League. He is a 6'0" left winger who was born in Landshut, Germany.

Elsner scored six goals and had three assists for Landshut during the 2009-10 season.

Central Scouting had Elsner ranked as the 52nd best European skater in their final poll.

At 198 the Preds picked up Joonas Rask from the Ilves team in Finland. He is a 5"11" center who hails from Savonlinna, Finland. Joonas will probably be best known as the younger brother of Boston Bruins goalie, Tuuka Rask.

Rask played 43 games for Ilves last season and scored ten goals while adding nine assists. He also captained the Finnish team at the 2010 World Junior Tournament.

The 5"10" 172 pounder played in 52 games for Djurgarden last season and scored five goals and picked up six assists.

Hockey's Future gives this assessment, "Rask is a technically-skilled hockey player with excellent skating ability typical of the half dozen or so forwards developed in the Ilves junior program over the past few years. Like the other Ilves forwards, he is not a particularly physical player and his size and strength are concerns. While his skill level and understanding of the game are apparent, Rask must prove he is willing to compete in small spaces and continue to develop physically to become a legitimate NHL prospect."

More Later...

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