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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Scouts already love Sweden's Larsson

Many scouts believe that Sweden's Adam Larsson could be playing in the NHL right now.

Though that might seem a bit premature, particularly since the 6-foot-3, 200-pound defenseman won't turn 18 until Nov. 12, but it wouldn't be too surprising if Larsson were taken with one of the first picks at the 2011 Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minn., on June 24.

Larsson is front and center on the Central Scouting's international "Players to Watch" list released Tuesday.

"He's a complete package," NHL Central Scouting Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb told "Now in his second season as a regular in one of the top senior leagues in Europe, he's going to play a big role."

Larsson is the third-youngest player ever to enter the Swedish Elite League -- at age 16, with Skelleftea during the 2008-09 season -- after Calle Johansson and Victor Hedman. In 49 games last season, he had 4 goals and 17 points with Skelleftea, in addition to helping his country to a bronze medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship.
You can read the full story at Also available from there are links to the European players to watch and the North American players to watch from Central Scouting, in pdf format.

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