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Atlanta's prospect pool gets much deeper Written by ATLsimon - July 31st, 2010

Atlanta entered the 2010 CMHL Entry Draft with 4 first round selections at #7, #15, #17 and #27 but was able to make a few deals to acquire the #6 overall selection and land a #1 defenceman in Chris Phillips. The Thrashers ended up with 4 selections at #6, #7, #33 and #49.

Here is a recap of the 4 players chosen by the Thrashers in the 2010 draft.

1st selection, #6 overall

Ryan Johansen, C, Portland Winterhawks

Johansen was a dominating rookie in the WHL. He is still a lanky kid that will need to fill out, but once he does a skilled 6-foot 3 centreman like him is hard to find. He can control the speed and tempo of the game with his poise and stickhandling ability. Johansen is a deceptive skater who can change his speed and separate with his long stride. He is also improving his play without the puck and should be able to match up against opponents' top centres in the future. His hockey sense and passing are at an elite level and he should project into a top line centre.

2nd selection, #7 overall

Jack Campbell, G, US National Development Team

Campbell won the U-18 world championship in 2009 and again in 2010 and managed to sandwich in between a stunning performance that led Team USA to a gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship. Campbell is, by all accounts, an incredible teammate with character and leadership and game-stealing capabilities, the traits scouts look for in a franchise-type netminder. It’s said he’s off-the-scale confident but not cocky and he works as hard in practice to shut out teammates as he does in a game and that he’s a goal-oriented individual who will settle for nothing less than being a dominant goalie at the NHL level.

3rd selection, #33 overall

Tyler Pitlick, C, Minnesota State University

A big hard-nosed centerman who can play with finesse and power. It’s that combination of skill and brawn that makes Pitlick such an intriguing prospect. At 6’2″ and 195 pounds, he still needs to fill out but has a good foundation from which to work with. Pitlick has a sizzling shot. Accelerates briskly out of cross-overs and blows by defenders. Has an NHL caliber shot right now.

4th selection, #49 overall

Johan Larsson, LW, Brynas Jr. Sweden

Larsson has been to known to possess explosive offensive ability, but his true strength is how he can be a dominant two-way player. His offensive explosion will definitely catapult his draft ranking to new levels, as scouts love supposed defensive players who raise their game on the elite stage and demonstrate versatility. And versatility might just be Larsson's greatest attribute.

He is a dynamic and intelligent player who works extremely hard and is beyond competitive. His skill set isn't over the top or flashy by any means, but he does come with a bag of tricks he can rely on to create space when needed.

Larsson is physically solid and uses his strong 6-foot 198-pound frame well along the boards and when jockeying for space around the net. His offensive skills have an exclamation point next to them but it will be for his all-around game and ability to kill penalties - the promise of that offensive potential is just icing on the cake

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