Alexander Steen – F – Toronto
Just like everyone expected Steen got drafted in the first round.
Being the son of former NHL’er Thomas Steen, the expectations are
already high on Alexander. He plays a strong overall game.
He has fine offensive skills but also takes care of his defensive
responsibilities. Has all the tools to become a future star.
Jonas Johansson – F – Colorado
A bit surprising that Johansson was picked before
the more experienced Joakim Lindström. Jonas has had good season although
his play in the J-20 league was somewhat inconsistent. He received
some attention when he scored 8 points in a junior game this past winter.
While he wasn’t among the biggest stars in the junior league, Jonas played
very well with team Sweden U-18.
Joakim Lindström – F – Columbus
Many thought that Lindström would get drafted in the 1st round
but slipped down to 41st overall. A good pick by Columbus.
Lindström has strong offensive skills including speed and scoring ability.
He was pretty silent during the regular season with MoDo in the elite league, but
played extremely well in the playoffs.
Marcus Jonasén – F – NY Rangers
Jonasén is a big surprise, specially being drafted in the 3rd round. The Rangers
were likely impressed with Jonasén’s powerful game, instead of his offensive upside.
He spent the last season with VIK Hockey in the Swedish 3rd-tier league and registered
3 points in 16 games. Next season Jonasén will play for 2nd-tier team Hammarby.
Daniel Fernholm – D – Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh must be happy with this pick. Although gambling, there’s no doubt
that this huge and mobile defenseman has star potential. Hopefully Fernholm will
stay clear of injuries this season and make his elite league debut with Djurgården
in the Swedish Elite League.
Jonas Almtorp – F – Edmonton
A nice pick by Edmonton. Almtorp has a great scoring touch. He scored 27 goals
in 39 games with MoDo in the Swedish junior league. He isn’t afraid of heavy traffic
Robin Jonsson – D – St Louis
A steal by the Blues. Jonsson has come off a terrific rookie season in the Swedish
2nd-tier league. He plays a good two-way game and should be a solid elite league
defenseman in 1-2 years.
Johan Björk – D – Ottawa
Just like Jonsson Björk plays a strong two-way game. He will make his elite league
debut next season and has a good shot of seeing regular ice-time.
Johan Berggren – D – Detroit
Another gamble. Berggren is virtually unknown. He spent the past season with 3rd-tier league
team Sunne and registered 8 points. Looks like a long-shot.
Marcus Paulsson – F – NY Islanders
The tough and hardworking Paulsson might become a steal. He plays a game that is
very similar to the North American. Will likely play in the CHL next season.
Kristofer Persson – F – Calgary
Persson spent the last season with MoDo J-20. He wasn’t a big scorer and the pick is a bit surprising.
Nicklas Eckerblom – F – Minnesota
Eckerblom played with Djurgården in the lower junior level this season. He did put up
good numbers, but the league was rather poor, so it doesn’t really say much about his
offensive skills. On the other hand Eckerblom played well with team Sweden during the year, which
is also likely the reason Minnesota drafted him.
Pierre Johnsson – D – Calgary
An interesting defenseman from Färjestad/Karlstad. Johnsson played well with Färjestad’s
J-20 team this season and is expected to play with a 3rd-tier league team next season. But now
after being drafted it wouldn’t surprise me if he’d join a team in the 2nd-tier league instead.
Jonas Johnsson – F – St Louis
A very surprising pick. No one thought the 32-year old Johnsson would get drafted, but the Blues
must have been impressed with his play during the World Championships. Some of you might remember Johnsson
as Kristian Huselius’ linemate two seasons ago. They were truly a dynamic duo. Well, Johnsson brings a lot
of experience and reads the game very well. He plays an all-round game and would probably not
make a fool out of him self in the NHL.
Christian Söderström – F – Detroit
Another surprise. Although Söderström had a good season with Timrå (16 points), no one
could predict that the Wings were interested. Perhaps a reason might be that he played along
with Henrik Zetterberg. Söderström is however not NHL-ready. He is not a very hardworking
player, more of a finesse-player with good hands and moves.
Mika Hannula – F – Minnesota
A terrific pick by Minnesota. Hannula is a very speedy winger who enjoys playing physical
and to work around the net and along the boards. He was arguably MIF Redhawk’s best player
in the SEL this season and also got to play a few exhibition games with team Sweden. Hannula
reminds quite a bit of Tampa Bay’s Jimmie Ölvestad.
Patric Blomdahl – F – Washington
A long-term project. He had a fairly good season in the junior league and is expected to get
his breakthrough next season. Has decent overall skills.
Fredrik Johansson – F – Edmonton
Not a flashy player, it’s all about working hard when this guy is on the ice. Johansson
has a great heart and always gives 100%. Despite him working so hard, he still
did put up good numbers in the junior league, and has some offensive potential as well.
Could become a solid checking-line player in the future.
Per Braxenholm – D – NY Islanders
A big defenseman who is playing with Mörrum in the 2nd-tier league. Braxenholm saw very limited
ice-time this season, but his responsibilities will likely increase this year. Another long-term
Staffan Kronvall – D – Toronto
Kronvall has good size and he moves the puck well. He has come off a good rookie season with
Huddinge. Kronvall will become a solid SEL-player in the future. The question is if he’s good
enough for the NHL?
Jonathan Ericsson – D – Detroit
Detroit’s third Swede and yet again a very surprising one. Ericsson is perhaps the least known
Swedish player of all that were drafted this year. The strong defenseman played with Hästen’s
junior team in a lower league, but will likely move up in the system now after being drafted.