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2008 NHL Draft: Erik Karlsson

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
p to the 2008 draft, will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. Could the Panthers draft one of these players with their pick in the second round or might they move up to grab one of these top players to further bolster their system and hope they contribute to the big club one day?

Each week day, we'll take a look at three prospects and get Panthers Director of Amateur Scouting Scott Luce's opinion on each of them.

2008 NHL Entry Draft Site

    Erik Karlsson
    Rank: No. 4 (European)
    Position: Defenseman
    Height/Weight: 5-11, 165.
    D.O.B: May 31, 1990

Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2007-08 Frolunda Jr. Swe-Jr. 38 13 24 37 68
2007-08 Frolunda Swe 7 1 0 1 0


Led Team Sweden and finished third ovrall in the 2008 Under-18 IIHF World Championships with seven assists in six games. Also led team in plus-minus (plus 8) and was named tournament’s best defenseman. Helped Frolunda Junior win SuperElit Championship in 2007-08, totaling 37 points (13 goals) His 24 assists in 2007-08 were moost by a defenseman and the most by any under-18 player in the SuperElit League.

Excellent on the power play. Makes smart passes and has great vision. Plays with confidence, has natural hockey sense and is consistent offensive threat. Compensates for lack of strength and size with mobility, passing and vision and is at his best as offensive defenseman. Needs more weight and strength to be more effective in front of his own net.


Good on both sides of the puck. Very competitive. Good natural instincts for the game.

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