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By the Numbers Prospects: Albert Johansson

Young defenseman needs to add strength as he matures

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

By the Numbers will highlight the on-ice accomplishments in the 2018-19 season for the Detroit Red Wings' prospects. Twice a week during the offseason, By the Numbers will profile a different player in the system, focusing on his statistical highs. This week we focus on defenseman Albert Johansson.

When the Detroit Red Wings drafted defenseman Albert Johansson in the second round, 60th overall, in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Hakan Andersson, the Wings' director of European scouting, was very pleased.

Andersson said a scout told him Johansson could be the best of the lot of Wings picks when all is said and done.

Johansson comes from a good pedigree as his father, Roger, played 161 games in the NHL for the Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks.

Roger Johansson is 6-foot-3, as is Oliver Johansson, Albert's older brother, and his other older brother, Gabriel, is 6-foot-2, so the Wings believe that Albert could grow beyond his current 6-foot height.

Although he just turned 19 in January, Johansson spent most of the season in the Swedish Hockey League, the top league in Sweden.

At the draft, Andersson compared Johansson to Wings defenseman Filip Hronek, although Hronek is a right-handed shot. Andersson said that Hronek has a better shot but Johansson might be a better passer.

If he can add some more strength and improve his shot, Johansson will be ready to make his way over to North America.

9 - Johansson played nine games for Färjestad BK J20 in the SuperElit League, the highest level of Swedish junior hockey.

42 - As a teenager, Johansson played the majority of his games for Färjestad BK in the Swedish Hockey League.

3 - In those nine games with Färjestad BK J20, Johansson scored three goals. The only defenseman with more on the team was Jacob Sandberg, who had five. Defenseman Adam Arvedson also had three.

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2 - Also in those nine games, Johansson had two assists. In his 42 games with Färjestad BK, Johansson had two goals.

11 - With Färjestad BK, Johansson also had 11 assists. Jonathon Blum led all defensemen with 25.

4 - Johansson had just four penalty minutes in his 42 games with Färjestad BK, well behind the 60 penalty minutes that team leader Marcus Nilsson had in 50 games.

14 - Oddly enough, Johansson had more penalty minutes -- 14 -- in his nine games with Färjestad BK J20 than he did with Färjestad BK.

168 - Johansson is listed at just 168 pounds, so he still needs to add some muscle and strength.

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Quotable: "Fantastic. He's another one, it's too bad the season fell short. He had five points in his last four games in the elite league. The last nine games he was playing power play, he hadn't played it at all really up until that point. He's playing a little bit of PK. Obviously because of that, his minutes have gone up and with that, he had confidence and everything sort of seemed to come together. He was really playing some really good hockey. We drafted him, he was small, he was 5-10, 160 pounds. He's put on two inches since then, he's 6-feet now. He put on five or six pounds so I think this summer is going to be important for us to structure with his team there in Färjestad to make sure he's doing everything that he can in order to get stronger. It's not so much pounds or weight, it's going to be strength. He's a very mobile, puck-moving defenseman that has good offensive instincts and he's such a good, natural skater that if we can get his legs to be even more strong and explosive, that's only going to help him." - Shawn Horcoff, director of player development and assistant director of player personnel

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