Saturday, January 7, 2012

Kristoff Kontos

Kristoff Kontos - Mississauga St Mikes Majors

6'2" 205 LBS
D.O.B. December 6, 1993

Kontos was acquired just this week in a trade with the Sudbury Wolves for Derek Shoenmakers, a conditional 1st round pick in the 2013 Import Draft and a conditional 4th round pick in 2014. Kontos was a second round pick, 38th overall, of the Wolves in the 2009 OHL Priority Draft. He is the son of former NHL'er Chris Kontos, who also played his Junior hockey with the Wolves.

Kontos played his Midget hockey with the North Central Predators in 2008 - 2009 where he scored 12 goals and added 20 assists in 38 games. During his OHL rookie season he received very little ice time but still dressed for all 68 games scoring 3 times and adding 2 assists. The following season his ice time increased and with that came more responsibility. He only missed one game during the season and scored 10 goals and added 22 assists. At the time of his trade with Sudbury, he had already contributed 12 goals and 13 assists in 35 games.

Kontos is big bodied, and has already filled out his frame. He is a gifted passer who takes pride in setting up his teammates. He has soft hands around the goal area with a very quick release. Consistency in using his big frame is something he needs to work on. When he uses it, Kontos is at his best and when he doesn't he's just average.

Skating has been an area that Kontos needed to work on. He lacks top end speed and while he's made some improvement in his skating he still has a ways to go. And he'll need to keep working at it to be successful in making the NHL. No need to worry just yet, I know that some people believe skating isn't a skill that can be improved, but with proper training and coaching, many NHL players have improved on it.

Kontos was on the NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings. He was ranked number 23 on the list of players from the OHL.

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