Pick 38: Fredrick NORRENA, a 33-year-old goalie, goes to Oslo on a three-year contract to back up American Jimmy Howard.
Pick 39: Josef VASICEK, the big LW who can fire the puck, may have to fight for regular shifts if Stockholm resigns two aging veterans: Ryan Smyth and Steve Sullivan.
Pick 40: Olexander POBYEDONOSTSEV, a Ukrainian defenseman, will join Gerhart Unterluggauer as the first players in EURO League history whose names will be both above and below their number on the back of their sweaters. In Dublin, the 26-year-old has a real chance of breaking into the top 6 defensemen this season.
Pick 41: Eliezer SHERBATOV is the league’s first Israeli player. He will play for Helsinki, but maybe not for a couple of years. The 18-year-old winger has natural puck handling and shooting skills but will have to work on his defense and hockey sense.
Pick 42: Jonas BRODIN was a first round pick of the Minnesota Wild in the NHL. Never a big point scorer at any level, he has 5 points in 27 NHL games. In Madrid, he may someday play alongside either Erik Karlsson or Eric Gudbranson.
Pick 43: Dimitrios KALYVAS is a Greek centerman who will play for an Italian team. He is solid in all areas other than intensity. He should play regularly for the Guerriero, maybe even ahead of Mike Richards. And at $700,000 a year for three years … well let’s just say that Athens GM Terry Moutafis will be knocking on the door early and often.
Pick 44: Tomas ZABORSKY, a left wing from Slovakia, is only 19 and will probably not play much for the Munich Fox right away, but he is seen as a very good defensive forward and is under contract for five years.
Pick 45: Ville PELTONEN, the Finnish winger who played most recently for Florida in the NHL goes to Copenhagen where he will be in the starting lineup, perhaps on a checking line or second line. He he good leadership tendencies and plays a good all-around game.
Pick 46: Danis ZARIPOV, 20, goes to St. Petersburg where he will add toughness and a competitive tone. That playing style and the fact he is the second Russian-born player on the team (Artem Anisimov is there already) will endear him to fans in Petrograd.
Pick 47: Bratislava made Leonardo GENONI, 20, their goalie of the future. He won’t see regular action for 3 or more years. When he does, he will play in his native Switzerland a few times each season against Bern, Geneva and Zurich.
Pick 48: Ryan MURRAY, the number 2 pick in last summer’s NHL draft waited a long time for his name to be called in Europe. Dublin did the honors. The smooth-skating Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman is currently captain of the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League. The 19-year-old is the youngest member of the Fighting Irish defense corps, a full 6 years younger than the next youngest, Cody Franson.
Pick 49: Jonas HOLOS in Minsk’s newest young defense star. With the addition of Maxim Chudinov, Mathis Olimb and Holos this week, the Belarus roster is loaded with potential.
Pick 50: Frankfurt picked a goalie in the first round and a goalie in the third when they went with Jan LACO, a 26-year-old Slovakian. Those two picks have last year’s Inferno goalies anxious about their long-term roles with the German team. Both Ondrej Pavelec and Ray Emery are free agents.
Pick 51: Griffin REINHART, a big defenseman who went 4th in the NHL draft in June, is currently captain of the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL. Zurich will take its time getting him into a lineup that features five defensemen older than 30 and four others older than 25.
Pick 52: Filip FORSBERG, a Swedish winger who was selected by Washington in the last NHL draft, goes to Belfast, where he joins a chorus of good young forwards hoping to someday play in a Giants sweater along side Sid Crosby, Rick Nash and Matt Duchene.
Pick 53: Magnus JOHANSSON, an older (33), shorter (5-10) but solid defenseman was drafted by Milan. Johansson, who can skate well and excels at coverage in his own zone, will see every-day action for the Guerriero.
Pick 54: Henrik SAMUELSSON, the son of former NHLer Ulf is – according to scouts – a big and strong player who plays an impressive physical type of hockey. Not the fastest of skaters, Samuelsson plays with a lot of intensity and determination. He will join the Paris Rouges Eiffels but will remain in juniors this season.
Pick 55: Alexei KALYUZHNY, 28, from Belarus, will man a center position in Moscow this season. Barring position changes, he will send an established player to the farm club or reserve squad. David Bolland, Marcus Johansson and Michal Handzus might all be looking up the depth chart and seeing Kalyuzhny ahead of the them. Anze Kopitar is safely at the top of that list.
Pick 56: American defenseman Jacob TROUBA is off to Finland to play for Helsinki. He was drafted 9th in June by the NHL’s Winnepeg Jets. The scouting report on Trouba: “A smooth skating two-way defenseman with a big body. Trouba is a smart player and does most things really well. One stand-out skill is his heavy shot.”
Pick 57: Mikhail GRIGORENKO showed enough promise to start the season in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres before being sent back to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. After being drafted by Berlin, he was traded to Madrid for a 2014 second-round pick. Madrid will have five good weapons up front who are all 20 years old or younger in Gabriel Landeskog, Sean Courturier, Ryan Johansen, Chris Kreider and Grigorenko.
Pick 58: Two picks after they picked a defenseman, Helsinki grabbed another one. He won’t score much, but Daniel FERNHOLM plays a smart, quiet defensive game, using his 6-4, 22o pound body effectively in front of his own goal. Helsinki goalie Henrik Lundqvist is glad for extra protection and the fact Helsinki added another Swede.
Pick 59: Scouts say London Knight (OHL) captain Scott HARRINGTON is a “two-way defenseman who skates well, has good leadership skills and positions himself very well.” He is a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, having been drafted in the second round of the 2011 NHL draft. In the EURO League, he joins Gothenburg and Morgan Rielly, who was selected 24 picks earlier.
Pick 60: Huge Jamie OLEKSIAK will cart his 6-7, 254 body to Saint Petersburg after spending some time in the Dallas Stars organization. In the American Hockey League this year, Oleksiak has 6 goals and 29 points in 49 games. In the NHL, he has two assists in 16 games with Dallas. St. Petersburg, one of the best teams in the EURO League last season, is woefully short on young defensemen and Oleksiak could be a good building block in that regard.
Pick 61: Eliteprospects.com lists 212 players whose first name is Hampus. Anaheim Ducks draftee Hampus LINDHOLM is the best of them. He becomes the second defenseman picked in the top 6 of the 2012 draft who was also claimed by the Dublin Fighting Irish today. Ryan Murray was the first. Lindholm seems to have it all: skating ability, size and hockey smarts.