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Meet the Prospects, Vol. 5

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Newyorkislanders.com will take a look at the top 30 prospects for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, as ranked by NHL Central Scouting. We will look at the top 15 North American players and the top 15 European players, in alphabetical order.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Some of the "What They're Saying" quotes are from Hockey's Future.

VICTOR HEDMAN

Pos: Defenseman        Shoots: Left
Height: 6’6’’                   Weight: 220
Born: December 18, 1990 in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden
Current Team: Modo (SEL)
Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: #1 European Skater

Victor Hedman

THE SKINNY
Hedman has skated in 82 career SEL games, compiling nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points in two seasons with Modo.  He won Rookie of the Year honors in 2008-09 after recording 21 points (7-14-21) in 43 games while patrolling Modo’s blue line.

Hedman has also played in 52 career contests with Modo’s junior team, totaling 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points.

Hedman has represented Sweden at the World Junior Championships for two consecutive years. He won a silver medal at both tournaments and was an All-Star selection in 2008. In total, Hedman scored six points (3-3-6) and registered 16 penalty minutes in 12 WJC games.

Hedman also played for Sweden on the Under-18 team at two international tournaments. He won a gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and a bronze at the World Championships. Hedman became one of the youngest players to compete on Sweden’s national men’s team when he made his debut at age 17 in an exhibition game against Norway.

Victor is the younger brother of Oscar Hedman, a defensive prospect in the Washington Capitals’ system who plays for Frolunda (SEL). His oldest brother, Johan, also plays hockey in Sweden.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“Victor Hedman brings to his game unsurpassed combinations of size, explosiveness in his skating, quickness and offensive ability. He is indeed the whole package and that just might get him the number one selection overall.”
-Director of NHL Central Scouting E.J. McGuire

“For being that young, he’s very mature, and he’s big, but moves like a smaller guy. Very mobile, and his puck sense is excellent. Hedman is dominating the game, playing on the first defense pair on Modo. He’s playing around 20 minutes per game.”
-Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb

“An extremely gifted defenseman. Hedman is pegged as the next great NHL defenseman to come out of Sweden. He has great size and mobility and skating that is very good for a fellow of his stature. Furthermore, Hedman has a good understanding of the game, nice technical skills and is a skilled passer. He is more noticeable in the offensive end, where he likes to join the rush and create offense. His shot is accurate and powerful, which makes him a good option from the point. Aggressive and with a very obvious winning mentality, but considering his physical advantage, he could play the body even more.”
-EliteProspects.com

“He has a lot of energy on the ice, he is a big strong guy. He has offensive skills, he is a good skater with long strides, he has a good sense of play, he can do everything.”
-Swedish Junior Team Head Coach Par Marts, as quoted in Hockey's Future

MARCUS JOHANSSON

Pos: Center               Shoots: Left
Height: 5’11’’            Weight: 189
Born: October 6, 1990 in Landskrona, Sweden
Current Team: Farjestads (SEL)
Final NHL Current Scouting Ranking: #8 European Skater

Marcus Johannson

THE SKINNY
Johansson has played in 52 career SEL games, compiling five goals and five assists for 10 points in parts of two seasons with Lulea and Farjestads. He has also skated in 12 games with Farjestad’s junior team, recording six goals and 12 assists for 18 points.

Johansson has competed with Team Sweden on three occasions at international tournaments. He appeared in six games at the 2007 Under-18 World Junior Championships, earning four assists and a +5 rating. He then recorded five points (3-2-5) at the 2008 Under-18 World Junior Championships. Johansson helped Sweden capture a silver medal at the World Junior Championships earlier this year, registering two goals and a +5 rating in six contests.

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