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07-27-2005, 08:06 PM
Sorry Number4 but i thought your forum may enjoy reading this on your Euro drafts:
1. Martin Hanzal, F
Birthdate: 20 February, 1987
Team: Ceske Budejovice
Height: 6'4
Weight: 198
Shoots: L

One of Hanzalís strongest attributes is his frame. At 6'4, 198 lbs. he boasts an above-average size, but still has more filling out to do. Hanzal is a smooth puckhandler who takes advantage of his vision and hand-eye coordination to make good plays. He can finish the scoring chances also on his own, but could use better in-close finishing skills. Hanzal doesn't hesitate to unleash his fast-release wrist shot. His slap shot could be more accurate.

Hanzal doesn't back down from the rough stuff, he handles heavy traffic quite well thanks to his frame. He shows a solid commitment to the defensive duties, Hanzal frequently returns to his own zone and shuts down the opposing scoring possibilities. On the downside he needs to develop smoother skating skills, in 2004-05 season he managed to improve his skating but still needs to work on it. Hanzal lacks the top-end extra gear and has to show more agility and first-step quickness in order to be a flashier skater. Well-suited for the North American style of play, Hanzal was chosen by Regina, WHL, in 2004 Import Draft but will most probably stay in Ceske Budejovice as he is likely to get chance to play Extraleague. Hanzal had a good season in Ceske Budejovice. His performance was consistent during the whole season and he managed to keep high standards. In the junior team he played with David Kuchejda on a line and they created an offensively dangerous pair. Hanzal, as the junior team scoring leader, played few games for the senior team that played in the Division I in 2004-05 season.

Hanzal was the best Czech player at the U-18 WJC, he was the scoring leader and also the MVP. He worked hard for the team, fought equally hard in offense and in defense, showed good attitude, was the leader, and showed he is strong at the physical play.


07-27-2005, 08:08 PM
4. Petr Kalus, F
Birthdate: 29 June, 1987
Team: Vitkovice
Height: 6'1
Weight: 183
Shoots: L

Petr Kalus is a slippery skater with above-average quickness and solid change of pace. An agile forward, he possesses sharp skills and good speed. He is a smooth puckhandler and can maneuver in traffic using his nifty stick moves. Kalus uses his good vision to make timely decisions with the puck, but has also considerable finishing skills. He releases his wrist shots quickly and with a good accuracy. He could use a harder slap shot, though. A valuable asset to the power play units, Kalus is a threat in one-on-one situations. He is a coachable guy, shows a good attitude and is very hard-working.

Kalus doesn't play afraid, but he should show his nasty edge more often. More of an offensive forward, he has to display a bigger commitment to the defensive aspect of the game. When his intensity drops off sometimes, he tends to just circle in the neutral zone and wander from his defensive responsibilities.

Kalus had bad luck right at the start of the 2004-05 season. After first few games he got sick and was out more than two weeks. He struggled to catch up to game speed, but during winter he started to score goals and this boast his confidence. He became more consistent, moved to first line in Vitkovice juniors and became one of the leaders. He played well for the national team. At the U-18 WJC he played mostly on the third line, trying to create offense every shift but also responsibly returning to his own zone.

Kalus wanted to leave to play in CHL last year, but went unselected in the Import Draft. His determination to leave persisted and he even considered going to the USHL. At the end he decided to stay in Vitkovice for another season. In this year's Import Draft he was picked by Regina. It was wise to stay another season at home, now he is more mature and ready for WHL. As for the NHL Draft, Kalus wonít slip lower than the third round.


07-28-2005, 07:10 PM
Thanks Scout... keep it coming! I do my best but well... yeah.... lol