The 2009 World Under-18 Championship will surely be a memorable one for U.S. center Drew Shore. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Denver Pioneers commit got better as the tourney went on, culminating in a three-assist finale as his team blanked the Russians for gold.
En route to his medal, Shore was kind enough to hand in some scouting reports on some of the prospects he faced along the way (click HERE for his perpective on the Swedes, Finns and Slovaks). Here’s how Shore, who is draft eligible this summer, saw the Russians and Canadians:
Kirill Kabanov, LW (Russia) – Very skilled and slippery. He is extremely dangerous in the offensive zone and off of the rush. Draft eligible in 2010.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW (Russia) – Very good finisher around the net. Tarasenko has good speed and is also dangerous off the rush. Draft eligible in 2010.
Dmitri Orlov, D (Russia) – Orlov has a hard shot and is dangerous on the power play. Very good with the puck; loves to create offense and jump in the rush. Draft eligible in 2009.
Alexander Burmistrov, C (Russia) – Very good skater who is also great at making plays at high speed. Draft eligible in 2010.
Ryan O’Reilly, C (Canada) – O’Reilly works hard and is good on faceoffs and on the penalty kill. Very good two-way player. Draft eligible in 2009.
Brett Connolly, LW (Canada) – Skilled forward with a good shot. Sees the ice very well. Draft eligible in 2010.
Calvin de Haan, D (Canada) – Very good with the puck. Does a good job creating offense and jumping up with the play in the neutral zone. Draft eligible in 2009.
Dylan Olsen, D (Canada) – Big defenseman who keeps it very simple. He rarely makes mistakes and has a great shot from the point. Draft eligible in 2009.