Two Swedes, a Norwegian, and a Russian make up Vancouver’s European prospects. The Swedes, seem to be developing at an acceptable rate, whereas the other two seem to be struggling somewhat with demotion and lack of playing time.
Anton Rodin, RW – Brynas IF Gavle (SEL)
Acquired: 2nd (53rd overall), 2009
21 November 1990, 6’0", 176 lbs
Rodin moved back up from Mora in the Swedish Premier Division to Brynas of the Swedish Elite League earlier in the year. He was originally lent to Mora to get more ice time, and played in eight games, scoring two goals and assisting two others. In the SEL, he had five points in 36 games. So far in four playoff games, Rodin has one goal.
He is among the youngest players on the team, and is a very capable skater, who has a head for the game with a shot to match.
The winger really turned heads playing on a line with Brynas teammate, Jakob Silfverberg (OTT) and Timra’s Anton Lander (EDM) at the most recent WJCs. He was tied for second in team scoring with highly-touted Oiler prospect, Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson.
Peter Andersson, D – Frolunda Indians (SEL)
Acquired: 5th round (143rd overall), 2009
13 April 1991, 6’3", 194 lbs
Frölunda is in the playoffs, but after fracturing the scaphoid bone in his wrist, Peter Andersson won’t be. The injury is said to be enough to keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season. In 21 games he had 5 points in the SEL. At the Allsvenskan level with Boras, he had six points in 10 games. In the WJC, he had three points in six games.
Andersson signed a one-year extension with the Indians on Feb. 22, which is a good thing, as one more year of development in Sweden will benefit the soon-to-be 19-year-old two-way defender.
Mats Froshaug, C – Manglerud Star (Norwegian GET League)
Acquired: 6th round (161st overall), 2008
31 July 1988, 6’1”, 198 lbs
Due to what he felt was limited ice time with Lulea HF of the Swedish Elite League, Froshaug made the transition back home to Norway this season. Currently playing for the Manglerud Star of the Norwegian GET League, Froshaug scored 11 regular-season points in as many games, and added two goals and one assist in five playoff games.
Ilja Kablukov, C – Moscow Spartak (KHL)
Acquired: 5th round (146th overall), 2007
18 January 1988, 6’2”, 183 lbs
While still only 22 (fourth youngest on the Moscow Spartak roster), it’s becoming obvious that despite his potential, Kablukov may never become the player the Canucks hoped he would. This year he put up 12 points in 54 games in the KHL, and despite being considered an effective two-way center, wins about as many face-offs as he loses. Additionally, he has only seen action in two post-season games so far.