Both European players selected in the CHL import draft are expected to report.
40th Overall Sebastian Owuya - Defensman
6'3 200 lbs 6th round NHL draft pick by the Atlanta Thrashers. Next season will be his 19 year old season.
Big and strong defensive defenseman. Very solid. Good positioning. A good team player that can play the body well. Does a good job in front of the crease.
Ive read some reports where fans think he is a diamond in the rough someone who has the potential to break-out and become a very good player.
Chances of Reporting
Highly Likely. While it is unconfirmed by the Tigers and I'm not sure if the Tigers office knows about Sebastian Owuya's decision to come over yet, however I found a very recent article that makes it pretty clear he has decided to come to Canada. A previous article says that he was initially unsure of what to do and that it was a very tough decision. But a newer article says that after talking with his agent he decided it would be much better for his development. The article goes on to state that he feels very very excited about the opportunity.
Here is the article translated by google.
59th overall Patrik Parkkonen - Defensman
5'9 161 lbs. last year played for HIFK U20 in Finland.
This pick was still in the first round, as last year the Tigers traded their first round pick to Brandon for their first in this years draft. Patrik will be a 17 year old next year, and eligible for the 2011 nhl entry draft
"He is a real hard working, dedicated player who wants to play professional hockey. He is really excited to come to Canada. He is a player that will be a big part of our program this year and in the years to come," concluded Desjardins.
“He’s a good player, skates well, really works at his game,” said Desjardins. “He’s a guy we know is real excited to play and come over.”
Chances at Coming Over
Very High. As Desjardin has been interviewed as saying Patrik is really excited to come over.
Signed a 3 year NHL entry level deal with the Dallas Stars, That is awesome news congratulations to Jace. After watching the NHL playoffs and watching Duncan Keith play I remember noticing aspects to his game which reminded of Coyle. A very strong skater that looks effortless yet still have the stamina to race up and down the rink a few times.
Perhaps I underestimated Coyle a little on my arm-chair GM report. Or perhaps its the signing that has made me rethink his potential. If Coyle can develop better passing instincts, and learn to master the poke-check he could develop into a NHL player. Coyle is currently participating in the Dallas Stars prospect camp.
20 year Old Situation
The Dallas Stars news release doesn't mention anything of where they expect Coyle to play next year. I dont know what Dallas depth chart's look like. I have a suspicion that they may send him back to junior for another year. Dallas will have two 20 year old's eligible to come back to the Hat next year in Tristan King, and Coyle, from what I've read they want Tristan King to play in the AHL next season.