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Prospect Profiles: Swedish Hockey League

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

As the Sens get set for the 2017 NHL Draft, we take a look at the some of the top skaters coming out of the Swedish Hockey League in today's Sport Chek Prospect Profiles.

1. Lias Andersson

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  • #3 ranked European Skater

  • Centre / HV71 (SHL)

  • Height: 5' 11"

  • Weight: 198 lbs


Profile

  • Compiled 9-10-19 in 42 games during the 2016-17 regular season and 4-1-5 in 16 playoff contests to help HV71 to their Swedish Hockey League championship.

  • Led Sweden's junior league in assists and points with 24-35-59 in 37 games during the 2015-16 season.

  • Represented Sweden at the 2017 World Junior Championship (3-0-3 in 7 GP) and the 2016 under-18 world championship (5-4-9 in 7 GP). 

  • His father, Niklas, was selected 68th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1989.

  • Lists former NHL forward Peter Forsberg as his childhood hockey idol.


What the scouts say:

"He is a really skilled, two-way forward with great moves with the puck. He shows very good attitude, works hard both ways, has smooth hands and is very effective in the offensive zone as he can both shoot and create scoring chances for linemates." - NHL Director of European scouting Goran Stubb


 

2. Timothy Liljegren

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  • #6 ranked European Skater
  • Defence / Rogle (SHL)

  • Height: 6' 0"

  • Weight: 191 lbs


Profile

  • Collected 1-4-5 in 19 games with Rogle of the Swedish hockey league in 2016-17.

  • Made his SHL debut in 2015-16, recording 1-4-5 in 19 games.

  • Represented Sweden at the 2017 under-18 World Championship and the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.

  • Models his style of play after Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson and Kings defenceman Drew Doughty.


What the scouts say:

"Liljegren missed two months because of mononucleosis earlier in the season but is a solid prospect with great upside. He's calm, smart and creative, and can move the puck with authority." - Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com


 

3. Kristian Vesalainen

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  • #7 ranked European Skater
  • LW/RW / Frolunda (SHL)

  • Height: 6' 3"

  • Weight: 207 lbs


Profile

  • Posted 1-5-6 in 26 games with Frolunda of the Swedish hockey league in 2016-17 and helped the club secure their second straight champions hockey league title.

  • Made his Swedish hockey league debut in 2015-16, appearing in 19 regular-season games and five playoff contests, helping Frolunda capture the league championship.

  • Represented Finland at the 2017 World Junior Championship and the 2017 under-18 world championship, where he was named tournament MVP after leading all skaters in goals and points en route to a silver medal.

  • Helped Finland win gold at the 2016 under-18 World Championship.

  • Models his style of play after penguins forward Evgeni Malkin.


What the scouts say:

"He's a big, physical power forward who likes to go straight for the net." - NHL Director of European scouting Goran Stubb


 

4. Erik Brannstrom

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  • #9 ranked European Skater
  • Defence / HV71 (SHL)

  • Height: 5' 10"

  • Weight: 173 lbs


Profile

  • Posted 1-5-6 in 35 games with HV71 of the Swedish hockey league in 2016-17, helping the club capture their fifth Le mat trophy as league champions.

  • Made his SHL debut in 2015-16, appearing in three games with HV71.

  • Represented Sweden at the 2017 under-18 World Championship and at the 2016 under-18 World Championship, where he won a silver medal.

  • Captained Sweden to a bronze medal at the 2015 world under-17 hockey challenge.

  • His father, Niklas, collected 82-84-166 in 341 career SHL games.

  • Models his style of play after Flyers defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere.


What the scouts say:

"NHL teams who favour a smart possession game will love Brannstrom. Undersized by traditional standards, but moves the puck great. At the Five Nations Tournament he played like every shift was his last and tried to make something happen every time he was out there. Scouts noticed." - Jeff Marek, Sportsnet


 

5. Jesper Boqvist

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  • #10 ranked European Skater

  • Centre / Brynas (SHL)

  • Height: 6' 0"

  • Weight: 179 lbs


Profile

  • Collected 0-6-6 in the regular season with Brynas of the Swedish Hockey League (16 GP) and 1-0-1 in the postseason (10 GP) to help the club reach the playoff final.

  • In 2015-16, Boqvist made his debut in the top league with Brynas.

  • Represented Sweden in their silver-medal entries at the 2016 under-18 World Championship and the 2015 Ivan Hlinka memorial.

  • Models his style of play after capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov.


What the scouts say:

"The left-shot forward has great speed with offensive skill. Boqvist (6-0, 179) is a very good skater with good first-step quickness and balance. He's a skilled puck carrier, and effective in traffic." - Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com


 

6. Marcus Davidsson

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  • #12 ranked European Skater
  • Centre / Djurgardens (SHL)

  • Height: 6' 0"

  • Weight: 191 lbs


Profile

  • Collected 5-4-9 in 2016-17 with Djurgardens of the Swedish Hockey League (45 GP).

  • Won a championship with Djurgardens' junior club in 2015-16 after compiling 17-23-40 in the regular season (45 GP) and 3-3-6 in the postseason (6 GP), earning playoff MVP honors.

  • Represented Sweden in their silver-medal entries at the 2016 under-18 World Championship and the 2015 Ivan Hlinka memorial. He also helped Sweden win a bronze medal at the 2015 world under-17 hockey challenge.

  • Models his style of play after Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog.


What the scouts say:

"A slick skater with good hockey sense who distributes the puck well and can create offensively." - Jeff Marek, Sportsnet


 

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