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FUTURE WATCH: William Lagesson

by Ashley Docking / Edmonton Oilers

When you move from an oceanside home on Sweden’s west coast to live in a stranger’s home in Middle America, you better believe it’s for the love of the game. That’s where we caught up with Oilers prospect William Lagesson of the USHL’s five-time Clark Cup Champion, the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

“In the Midwest, it’s not the most fun place to live but the hockey is good and that is what’s most important,” Lagesson said.

The high school student is in his senior year and has to deal with changes on the ice, thanks to the North American variations to the game, all while trying to get a grasp on the language.

Lagesson’s associate coach, Oliver David, likens him to long-time Detroit Red Wing Niklas Kronwall. David says, “William is very strong, he’s an alpha dog out there on the ice. He is an imposing defenceman.”

Despite that comparison, there was defiantly an adjustment period before finding a rhythm.

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“It’s smaller ice so it’s a quicker game and things are more physical here,” Lagesson elaborates. “Your body position becomes really important, to always be on the right side of the forward. It was a big difference in the beginning, but now I am getting use to it and it feels better.”

Some players don’t like being painted into a box but when asked if he wanted to become more of an offensive threat, the Swedish-born defenceman isn’t looking to be a jack-of-all-trades, master of none.

“That is my strength in the game (a defensive style of play), so if I do that well it’s going to help,” Lagesson said. “Everyone has different roles on the team so I take my role and do it 100%. It’s good for the team.”

Quickly chiming in is coach David, “Well I don’t like that. We like goals!”

The rapport between the two is jovial, a few cracks thanks to pronunciation adjustments that need to be made, but it’s always easy to get along with someone who’s character shines just as bright as their on-ice performance.

“He’s a guy we can lean on and trust,” sentiments from David, who emphasizes that they don’t need to reiterate much to the USHL rookie.

David said, “We don’t need to ask much of him because we can follow his lead. His actions speak loudly and that makes it easy to work with him.”

“I always want to get better and I love to play hockey,” says Lagesson. “It’s the most fun thing in the world so I’m always pushing myself.”

It’s easy to be successful when your job doesn’t feel like work and although the blueliner isn’t focusing on his offensive contribution, 22 games into the season he already has 12 points.

Lagesson’s hockey trajectory is headed in the right direction. The only thing showing his hand as an import player is the communication. English is obviously not the first language for the Swede, so on top of finishing classes and heading to the rink, he’s taking extra English classes be better able to communicate.

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That hasn’t stopped the rookie from making some good buddies on the Dubuque roster, but it would stop him from finding them on twitter.

Coach David asked, “Who is one of the guys you are closest with?”

Lagesson’s response, “Michael David.”

“You mean Michael Davies? Sounds like a really close friend,” David said. They both laugh.

The good news here is that on the ice, this is all inconsequential since the defender, who’s plus nine on the year, is pulling more than his fair share of the workload on the ice.

“His role on our team is to play big minutes. He has different D-partners week-to-week, day-to-day, primarily because he is a guy we can rely on,” brags David. “He does not rely on us to tell him what to do; he’s got a knack for the game and great space awareness.”

He continues, “When he’s on the ice everybody in the building is aware of it. It’s not necessarily punishing hits, but he’s very very efficient with his movements. He’s got a good stick, he wins corner battles like no other that we’ve had here.”

He’s one of a kind. Maybe that’s why the Swedish National program is so keen on the young talent? Since 2012, he’s represented Sweden on three occasions (including a 2013 win at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament) and is vying for a roster position for another shot to wear those crowns across his chest.

“It’s always fun to represent my country and fun to play with good guys and against good guys too,” Lagesson said. “They’re always important and hard games to play.”

We’re going to pencil him in as one of the back seven for now, and you can look to see him on the ice once the World Junior tournament starts on Boxing Day.

Lagesson will be one of two Oilers prospects vying for a roster spot. Darnell Nurse of the Sault Ste. Grey Hounds (OHL) received a tryout to be a part of Team Canada.

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Stats Updated as of Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | * - Player on AHL contract with Oklahoma City Barons

Oklahoma City (AHL)


Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM
KEITH AULIE D 25 8 0 1 1 -6 0
BRANDON DAVIDSON D 23 14 1 2 3 +5 13
TRAVIS EWANYK F 21 24 1 2 3 -11 34
MATT FORD* F 30 23 9 8 17 +3 12
MARTIN GERNAT d 21 22 0 3 3 +1 10
LUKE GAZDIC F 25 5 2 0 2 -1 7
CURTIS HAMILTON
F 22 24 5 9 14 +3 12
RYAN HAMILTON
F 29 24 11 8 19 +7 2
BRAD HUNT D 26 17 7 15 22 +7 6
CONNOR JONES*
F 24 1 0 0 0 -1 0
KELLEN JONES*
F 24 2 1 0 1 -1 0
KALE KESSY
F 21 17 3 3 6 -7 61
JUJHAR KHAIRA
F 20 21 1 2 3 -6 25
OSCAR KLEFBOM   d 21 9 1 7 8 +10 4
ANTON LANDER
F 23 25 7 19 26 5 16
KELLAN LAIN F 25 2 0 0 0 0 4
C.J. LUDWIG* D 24 9 1 2 3 -1 18
MARTIN MARINCIN
D 22 8 0 2 2 -1 6
ANDREW MILLER F 26 24 6 9 15 +1 2
MITCH MOROZ F 20 21 0 1 1 -5 32
DAVID MUSIL D 21 20 0 2 2 -4 13
JORDAN OESTERLE  D 22 26 4 7 11 -5 4
IIRO PAKARINEN F 23 20 10 4 14 +8 10
STEVE PINIZZOTTO
F 30 9 0 6 6 +3 40
TYLER PITLICK
F 23 14 3 6 9 +2 8
DILLON SIMPSON
d 21 23 2 1 3 -6 4
JASON WILLIAMS*
F 34 24 10 17 27 +4 14
BOGDAN YAKIMOV
F 20 21 1 6 7 -1 8
JOSH WINQUIST*
F 18 4 0 1 1 -1 2
Bakersfield (ECHL)
Name POS age    GP G A P +/- PIM
GRAEME CRAIG* D 21 27 4 3 7 +3 24
CONNOR JONES* F 24 25 9 16 25 +4 29
KELLEN JONES* F 24 25 6 17 23 +3 10
C.J. LUDWIG* D 24 7 1 5 6 +1 2
JOSH WINQUIST* F 21 18 5 18 23 -6 11
Canadian Hockey League
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
BEN BETKER   d 20 27 1 6 7 +9 27 EVERETT (WHL)
GREG CHASE  C 19 15 2 13 15 +2 20 CALGARY (WHL)
11 4 7 11 -4 11 victoria (whl)
JACKSON HOUCK
f 19 29 12 15 27 -3 34 VANCOUVER (WHL)
DARNELL NURSE D 19 19 6 13 19 +3 34 SAULT STE. MARIE (OHL)
KYLE PLATZER F 19 30 15 25 40 +11 24 OWEN SOUND (OHL)
MARCO ROY
F 20 25 17 10 27 +9 12 QUEBEC (qmjHL)
NCAA, Junior A & USHL
Name POS age  GP G A P +/- PIM team
EVAN CAMPBELL   f 21 14 4 9 13 +5 12 UMASS-LOWELL (NCAA)
LIAM COUGHLIN
F 20 31 13 22 35 0 16 VERNON (BCHL)
WILLIAM LAGESSON
d 18 22 1 11 12 +9 48 DUBUQUE (USHL)
JOEY LALEGGIA  d 22 14 6 6 12 +4 25 DENVER (NCAA)
JOHN MCCARRON   f 22 11 0 5 5 0 8 CORNELL (NCAA)
AIDAN MUIR   F 19 15 1 5 6 +4 2 WESTERN MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TYLER VESEL F 20 16 4 6 10 +8 0 NEBRASKA-OMAHA (NCAA)
Europe
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
ROMAN HORAK
f 23 37 17 11 28 +3 20 VITYAZ (KHL)
PHILIP LARSEN
f 24 35 1 10 11 -8 22 YUGRA (KHL)
ANTON SLEPYSHEV
f 20 39 5 7 12 -3 8 UFA (KHL)
ANTTI TYRVAINEN
F 25 27 4 4 8 -6 40 TAMPERE (FINLAND)
DANIIL ZHARKOV
F 20 6 0 0 0 +2 4 NIZHNY NOVGOROD (KHL)
20 1 3 4 -5 8 HK SAROV (VHL)
2014 World Junior Hockey Championships
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
TBD - - - - - - - -   -
Goaltenders
Name age GP w l T SO GAA SV% team
RICHARD BACHMAN   27 14 8 3 3   0 2.54 .914 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
KEVEN BOUCHARD  18 20 5 9 3   0 4.59 .849 VAL D'OR (QMJHL)
LAURENT BROSSOIT 21 11 6 3 0   2 2.55 .917 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
TYLER BUNZ   22 11 4 6 1   2.39 .901 wichita (ECHL)
ZACHARY NAGELVOORT
20 13 6 6 0   1 2.78 .904 MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TY RIMMER*
22 17 7 7 1   2 3.27 .893 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
Frans Tuohimaa   23 12 6 3 2   0 2.48 .906 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
3 2 0 1   0 4.22 .904 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)

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