In the 2000 Hockey News’ Draft Issue they rated Henrik Zetterberg (then 19) as a “4th liner” and said “Small pivot has nice goal scoring touch but he’s still several years away.” He was listed as 5-10, 180.
He was the SEL rookie of the year in 00-01, and the following season made the Swedish Olympic team that played in SLC. By that time it was obvious he wasn’t going to hang around the SEL long, as indicated by a February 2002 Hockey’s Future article that stated “Zetterberg is currently playing his 2nd season in the Swedish Elitserien, and most likely his last in 10 years or so.”
By the looks of things the author may well have cheated Zetterberg out of a decade of NHL play. Henrik Zetterberg has been a quality NHL player for some time, but as Glenn Healy gushes about Johan Franzen tonight I’m getting the feeling that #40 is finding a new level that only a very few have been able to achieve.
You don’t need a Desjardins number to tell which way the wind blows.