This is Steven Stamkos. He’s the top ranked player on several lists for the upcoming 2008 Entry Draft (although the better player long term may end up being Drew Doughty). Stamkos is 6-1, 180 and has a wide range of skills (explosive skater, excellent shot, he’s grown two inches in the last 10 minutes) and ranks second in OHL goals with 30 goals in 32 games (second to PHX 2007 draft Brett MacLean).
He’ll be one of several very good prospects on display tomorrow at the World Junior Championships. Doughty is a terrific defenseman with all kinds of skill, and there’s a kid named Luke Schenn also made the team and is apparently outstanding in more than one area.
I have not seen the final Russian roster, but they had a kid who is being talked about on their prelim. roster named Slava Voynov. Based on everything I’ve read on him, he is the new Behn Wilson and that’s pretty much cocaine for a hockey fan.