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ALEKSANDER BARKOV

•  Position: Center

•  Selected: First round, second overall

•  Age/hometown: 17; Tampere, Finland

•  Height/weight: 6-3, 210

•  The scoop: Rated the top European skater, Barkov has excelled while playing professionally in Finland the past two seasons and finished second in scoring for Tappara this past year. Barkov — who is fluent in English, Russian and Finnish — is a big center with good hands and good size. Barkov is expected to play for the Panthers in the 2013-14 season after becoming the second-highest draft pick in franchise history.

IAN McCOSHEN

Position: Defenseman

•  Selected: Second round, 31st overall

•  Age/hometown: 17; Anaheim, Calif.

•  Height/weight: 6-3, 205

The scoop: Headed to Boston College in the fall, McCoshen had 11 goals and 33 assists for Waterloo (Iowa) of the USHL last season.

EVAN COWLEY

•  Position: Goaltender

•  Selected: Fourth round, 92nd overall

•  Age/hometown: 17; Cranbrook, British Columbia

•  Height/weight: 6-3, 180

•  The scoop: Cowley went 22-24-4 with a 2.90 GAA for Wichita Falls (Texas) of the NAHL last season. Considered a raw talent, Cowley will continue the Panthers’ pipeline from the University of Denver.

MICHAEL DOWNING

•  Position: Defenseman

•  Selected: Fourth round, 97th overall

Age/hometown: 18; Canton, Mich.

•  Height/weight: 6-2, 190

•  The scoop: Downing is a shutdown defender who is headed to Michigan next season.

MATT BUCKLES

•  Position: Center

•  Selected: Fourth round, 98th overall

•  Age/hometown: 18; Toronto

•  Height/weight: 6-1, 205

•  The scoop: Scouts like Buckles for his playmaking ability as well as his nose for goals. Buckles, who is headed to Cornell, had 40 goals in juniors last season.

CHRIS CLAPPERTON

•  Position: Left wing

•  Selected: Fifth round, 122nd overall

•  Age/hometown: 19; Cap-d’Espoir, Quebec

•  Height/weight: 5-9, 175

•  The scoop: Clapperton led the Blainville Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL) last season with 34 goals and added 43 assists.

JOSH BROWN

•  Position: Defenseman

•  Selected: Sixth round, 152nd overall

•  Age/hometown: 19; London, Ontario

•  Height/weight: 6-3, 180

•  The scoop: Another strong stay-at-home defenseman, Brown had 16 points and 79 penalty minutes for the Oshawa Generals last season.

MacKENZIE WEEGAR

•  Position: Defenseman

Selected: Seventh round, 206th overall

•  Age/hometown: 19; Napean, Ontario

•  Height/weight: 6-3, 180

•  The scoop: Weegar played in 62 games alongside top picks Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin.

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