Gabriel Landeskog is considered by many to be the most NHL-ready amongst the draft-eligible forwards in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft Pool. He stands at 6' 1/2" and 204 lbs, plays either wing and possibly center if need be, and scored 36 goals with 30 assists in 53 games while captaining the Kitchener Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League this past season.
Hailing from Sweden, Landeskog chose to come to North America before being draft eligible, giving him the chance to grow accustomed to playing here. He is strong at both ends of the ice and has the look of a future captain at the NHL level.
The pre-draft rankings for Landeskog are as follows:
- NHL's Central Scouting Bureau - #2 North American Skater
- International Scouting Services - #5 North American Skater
- TSN - #3 North American Skater
- The Hockey News - #3 North American Skater
Projections have Landeskog as a future 30-goal scorer who is expected to play solidly at both ends of the ice, add toughness and leadership. There is no doubt that there are many teams that would love to add the likes of Landeskog, let's take a look at five candidates to potentially try and trade up for a him. In a quick look at several mock drafts, he is slotted to go anywhere from pick number two to number six in next Friday's draft.
Attached are the top five candidates to potentially look into trading up to get the opportunity to add Gabriel Landeskog to their roster.
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