In their final three drafts with the Detroit Red Wings, Ken Holland and director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright drafted eight players from Sweden (out of 28 picks). That’s 28.6 percent. Edmonton’s first choice with Holland at the helm was from Sweden. I wrote about Holland and Sweden here. This scouting group values the kingdom of Sweden.
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SWEDEN’S BEST 2020
- RW Alexander Holtz. First-shot scorer with a range of skills, he’s an electric player.
- LW Lucas Raymond. Smart player, ridiculous skill. March 2002. NHLE is 14.8, but he played only 9:48.
- RW Noel Gunler. Has a great release, 1.92 even strength points per 60 in SHL.
- LD William Wallinder. Big D, with great speed and offensive potential.
- LD Emil Andrae. Fast defenseman with offensive potential. Plus passer.
- RW Zion Nybeck. Undersized playmaker, creative, great passer. Impressive speed.
- RD Helge Grans. Solid two-way defenseman with good size and speed.
- LW Daniel Torgersson. He has size and good speed, numbers at lower levels are impressive.
- RC Theodor Niederbach. Skill center is a wild card but the numbers are impressive.
- LW Oskar Magnusson. Smaller winger with good speed and two-way acumen.
- G Calle Clang. Good size, a .913 SP and stellar work at the Hlinka.
- LC Elliot Ekmark. High skill, elusive, great speed, undersized.
- LC Daniel Ljungman. Emerged from nowhere at the Hlinka Gretzky, he had a solid year.
- LW Emil Heineman. Not much on him, 18 goals in 29 SuperElite games.
- LW Eric Juhlin. Good shot, solid performance (13 goals in 36 games) at even strength.
Noel Gunler would be a worthy first-round pick for Edmonton at No. 20 overall, Helge Grans and Emil Heineman are intriguing. Based on the established track records of Holland and Wright, one of these men could be an Oilers prospect by the end of draft weekend.
- LD Philip Broberg. He’s big and can skate like the wind, offense may be shy.
- RD Victor Soderstrom. Impressive offensive player. Good skater, good decisions, very quick.
- F Samuel Fagemo. A bona fide shooter, he has more clarity in his game now.
- LD Tobias Björnfot. Outstanding speed, impressive offensive talent.
- LW Nils Hoglander. A small skill winger, he can beat defensemen clean.
- R Albin Grewe. Rugged winger with skill.
- LC Karl Henriksson. Small and very skilled forward
- RW Simon Holmstrom. Elite Prospects: A deft skater with some explosiveness to his game.
- LD Albert Johansson. The scouting reports give us a picture of a fairly complete defenseman.
- LC Oscar Bjerselius. Good speed and size, he’s a solid two-way forward.
- RD Simon Lundmark. A fascinating player, good vision and outlet passing.
All but Oscar Bjerselius were chosen in the 2019 draft, one by Edmonton (Broberg) and two by Detroit (Grewe and Johansson).
I watch Allsvenskan like a hawk these days after the strong draft crops of recent summers. Hugo Gustafsson is 20 (February 2000), had some concussion issues but played well this season. He might be on an NHL list.
It sounds like we’ll see movement toward the end of May or early June in opening up things a little. Baby steps and it’ll be fits and starts based on what we’ve seen worldwide. The government can open things up but for the economy to come back people have to engage. That step will differ depending on age, risk et cetera. Be safe, ladies and men.
2020 POSSIBLE TOP 100 TARGETS
No. 20 overall: Jan Mysak, Seth Jarvis, Mavrik Bourque, Noel Gunler
No. 82 overall: Brandon Coe, Alex Cotton, Theo Rochette, Helge Grans