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Adam Ollas Mattsson: What Scouts Say

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames


Splitting this season with Djurgardens Junior and Allsvenskan teams he proved the ability to compete against men while showing a strong development curve. He plays the role as the shutdown defender for Sweden at the U18s but also showed some upside on the puck giving him two way appeal. His massive frame and big body is what jumps out, towering over majority of his opponents. Will engage physically when called up showing some edge to his game. Good shot from the point but game is based around his massive frame, reach and active defensive play. Adam will be a very intriguing project for an NHL team as he shows a good mindset on both sides of the puck with unrefined skill-set and the potential to add an intimidating edge.

NHL Potential: Stay-at-home NHL upside with simple puck moving ability.

Style Compares To: Niklas Hjalmarsson


Very big and strong defender is a physical beast who takes care of his own end first. Powerful down low along the boards, winning battles and clearing the zone efficiently - fends off checkers and moves puck to the right spots. Very defensively aware with his head on a swivel around the crease. Uses long wingspan and mobility effectively on the PK to clog lanes and disrupt offensive flow. Communicates with his d-partner - take charge guy who directs teammates. Makes great reads to come off his man and block dangerous shots. Moves men off the puck and keeps crease clear. Shows good touch on short area passes, even off the backhand. Makes crisp, long lead passes with vision. We’ve seen him spot an opening and step up down the slot to bury a quick snap-shot, but generally lacks an instinctive feel at offensive end. Source of debate among RLR staff. Some see him as a solid 2nd rounder, while others feel he makes too many giveaways in own zone under pressure.

Projection: Huge and steady #4-5 puck mover.

Style Compares To: Henrik Tallinder

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