This week’s prospects include Simon Stransky (Prince Albert Raiders), Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting) & Kevin Klima (Moncton Wildcats).
Simon Stransky – Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
Born: December 21, 1997 – Ostrava, Czech Republic
Weight: 169 lbs.
A shifty winger who is hard to check when he is flying down the wing cutting to one direction then quickly the other. Always moving his feet making it nearly impossible to stay with him. Good set of hands around the net and can stickhandle his way around tight places. Great passer who has nearly mastered the “no-look” pass and has many highlight reel passes this season. Very patient entering the zone and will wait for defence to let him in and a direct route to the net. Quick release who will bury any rebounds kicked out to him.
Grade: A creative playmaker, Stranksy is a quiet but alert winger who will never miss an opportunity to create a scoring chance. A
Jordan Kyrou – Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Born: May 5, 1998 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Weight: 175 lbs.
A horrible start to the season is a distant memory as Kyrou has picked up his scoring pace and improved on his offensive numbers as well as his overall game. He brings intensity to every shift he takes on the ice and is tough to contain as he is very strong on his skates. Showcases soft hands around the net with a good scoring touch. Strong on the puck and battles well below the goal line. Draws defencemen to him then passes the puck to the open guy in the slot for a good scoring chance. Good hockey IQ and is becoming more effective as he gets stronger throughout the season.
Grade: Needs to put on some more muscle to win more battles with bigger guys along the board and not get frustrated so easily. B
Kevin Klima – Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
Born: June 5, 1997 – Tampa, Florida, USA
Weight: 164 lbs.
A high energy sparkplug who centres his twin brother Kelly and Liam Murphy. Plays a high tempo game and is a fearless forechecker who will force the defenceman into a decision. Good puck control and can identify when he is in trouble and make a smart decision with the puck. Plays a gritty style that has made him a fan favourite. Not the strongest skater but relentless and that is what gets him attention every game out there.
Grade: Kevin is the more skilled of the Klima brothers who struggled with London in the OHL in 2014-15 before finding homes in Moncton. Kevin and Kelly are sons of ex-NHL scorer Petr Klima. C
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