Swedish U18-team Preview

By pbadmin

GOALIES

Christopher Heino-Lindberg
Shoots: R
Height: 6-0
Weight: 163
Birthdate: 29.01.85
Place of Birth: Helsingborg
Team: Hammarby

“Heino” is expected to be team Sweden’s starting goalie in the championships.
He is also perhaps the only Swedish goalie with a decent shot at getting drafted
in the Entry Draft in June. Heino is a goalie that makes those big saves. He
plays with a lot of heart and has a temper on the ice.

TeamLeague
GP
GA
SVS%
HammarbySweden2
1
2.00
.938
Hammarby J20 SuperElit
20
3.54
.891
HammarbyJ18 Allsvenskan
3
3.00
.898

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Gustaf Wesslau
Shoots: L
Height: 6-2
Weight: 168
Birthdate: 05.02.85
Place of Birth: Upplands Väsby
Team: AIK

Wesslau is a slightly larger goalie than Heino-Lindberg and he covers the net
well. He is not a flashy goalie but you can always expect him to do a good job
out there. Will likely play 1-2 games or perhaps more if Heino fails to play
convincing.

TeamLeague
GP
GA
SVS%
AIKJ20 SuperElit
7
3.54
.868
AIKJ18 Allsvenskan
5
3.36
.892

DEFENSEMEN

Kristoffer Bäckström
Shoots: L
Height: 6-1
Weight: 172
Birthdate: 24.01.85
Place of Birth: Gävle
Team: Brynäs

Bäckström has had a strong season with Brynäs in the junior league.
He wasn’t selected to play for Sweden orginally but when Johan Fransson turned
down to play Bäckström was called up as the replacement. He is a smart
player and plays pretty well at both ends.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
BrynäsJ20 SuperElit
29
4
8
12
34

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Gustav Engman
Shoots: L
Height: 6-3
Weight: 203
Birthdate: 17.01.85
Place of Birth: Borlänge
Team: HV 71

Engman is a huge and strong stay-at-home defenseman. He has a lot of qualities
that should impress the NHL-scouts. With a lot of work Engman will become a
fine NHL-player in the future. Will likely see some ice-time with HV 71 in the
elite league next season.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
HV 71J20 SuperElit
28
1
2
3
58
HV 71J18 Allsvenskan
7
2
1
3
26

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Stefan Erkgärds
Shoots: L
Height: 6-0
Weight: 176
Birthdate: 23.03.85
Place of Birth: Hagfors
Team: Skåre

A very capable defenseman that belongs to Färjestad, but since the team
hasn’t got a U20-team any longer Erkgärds spent the season with affiliate
Skåre in the 3rd-tier league. Erkgärds is not very spectacular but
he works hard and has a great attitude.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
SkåreSweden3
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a

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Elias Granath
Shoots: L
Height: 6-1
Weight: 174
Birthdate: 06.09.85
Place of Birth: Borlänge
Team: Leksand

Two-way defenseman Granath has grown quite a bit in the last year and is now
a larger and stronger defenseman. He has a lot of talent and will be useful
for the Swedish team. Very responsible in the defensive zone.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
LeksandJ20 SuperElit
29
0
4
4
49

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Johan Jonsson
Shoots: L
Height: 6-1
Weight: 179
Birthdate: 21.07.85
Place of Birth: Västerås
Team: Timrå

Timrå’s talented defenseman Johan Jonsson has a good on-ice-vision and
is good at setting up plays. He is not among the more well-known players on
the team but could in fact turn out to be quite important.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
TimråJ20 SuperElit
30
3
7
10
8
TimråJ18 Allsvenskan
7
3
6
9
8

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Mattias Karlsson
Shoots: L
Height: 6-1
Weight: 192
Birthdate: 15.04.85
Place of Birth: Storå
Team: Brynäs

The complete package? Perhaps so. Karlsson has strong overall skills. He has
a very good shot (his 11 goals in 27 games this season supports that as well)
which can and most likely will be used on the Swedish powerplay Karlsson has
also good size and he is not afraid of using his body.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
BrynäsSEL
3
0
0
0
0
BrynäsJ20 SuperElit
27
11
6
17
93

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Ola Svanberg
Shoots: L
Height: 5-11
Weight: 196
Birthdate: 10.06.85
Place of Birth: Tranemo
Team: HV 71

A top prospect and among the most important players on the team. Svanberg isn’t
a huge defenseman but he is quite strong and can be used in most situations.
Being the captain Svanberg will have to be the leader on the team, a task that
will likely fit him very well.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
HV 71SEL
5
0
0
0
0
HV 71J20 SuperElit
26
3
5
8
54
HV 71J18 Allsvenskan
7
4
3
7
22

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Alexander Täng
Shoots: L
Height: 5-11
Weight: 179
Birthdate: 27.06.85
Place of Birth: Lödöse
Team: Frölunda

Täng is Frölunda’s only defenseman on the team. He has been a fine
prospect for some years now and will improve even more. Täng plays a
smart game, has a good release and we can expect him to get drafted this summer.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
FrölundaJ20 SuperElit
25
3
6
9
8
FrölundaJ18 Allsvenskan
2
2
0
2
14

FORWARDS

Adrian Ahrling
Shoots: L
Height: 5-11
Weight: 176
Birthdate: 21.03.85
Place of Birth: Umeå
Team: Timrå

One of the leaders on the team. At the beginning of the season Ahrling was pretty
unknown to most people but has during the year played well with the U18-team
and will develop into a fine player in the future.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
TimråJ20 SuperElit
25
8
7
15
10
TimråJ18 Allsvenskan
6
3
0
3
4

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Loui Eriksson
Shoots: L
Height: 6-1
Weight: 181
Birthdate: 17.07.85
Place of Birth: Göteborg
Team: Frölunda

Loui is Lennon Eriksson’s younger brother (also with Frölunda) and after
having a strong season in junior league as well as with the national team we
can expect Loui to have a big role in this tournament also. He plays well along
the boards and around the net and can put the puck in the net.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
FrölundaJ20 SuperElit
30
16
15
31
10

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David Fredriksson
Shoots: L
Height: 6-2
Weight: 187
Birthdate: 04.10.85
Place of Birth: Jönköping
Team: HV 71

HV 71’s most talented forward born 1985. Fredriksson joined the squad after
Robert Nilsson got injured. David has played with all of HV 71’s teams this
season although he only sat on the bench the one time he was called up to play
in the SEL.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
HV 71SEL
1
0
0
0
0
HV 71J20 SuperElit
20
7
3
10
12
HV 71J18 Allsvenskan
7
2
7
9
12

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Filip Hollström
Shoots: L
Height: 6-1
Weight: 181
Birthdate: 23.02.85
Place of Birth: Umeå
Team: MoDo

Hollström is a team-player with a big heart. He is not a guy we should
expect to put up big numbers but instead to skate a lot and work hard. Perhaps
not a future star but a good prospect none-the-less.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
MoDoJ20 SuperElit
27
7
8
15
48

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Christopher Lindholm
Shoots: R
Height: 5-10
Weight: 179
Birthdate: 11.05.85
Place of Birth: Stockholm
Team: Leksand

Among the more offensively talented forwards on the team. Lindholm is a smooth
player with a good nose for the net. He has played well with Leksand in the
junior league and we can assume he wants to demonstrate his skills in this tournament
as well.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
LeksandJ20 SuperElit
23
13
13
26
16
LeksandJ18 Allsvenskan
5
2
4
6
4

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Liam Lindström
Shoots: L
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190
Birthdate: 12.01.85
Place of Birth: Edmonton
Team: Mora

Son of legend Willy Lindström, Liam has already received quite a bit of
attention. A key-player for the Swedish team with his great attitude, work-ethics
and toughness.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
MoraSweden2
14
0
0
0
0
MoraJ20 SuperElit
20
3
7
10
57
MoraJ18 Allsvenskan
4
3
1
4
8

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Kalle Olsson
Shoots: L
Height: 6-0
Weight: 183
Birthdate: 31.01.85
Place of Birth: Munkedal
Team: Frölunda

Frölunda’s Kalle Olsson ended up at 5th place in the scoring race in the
junior league. He was the best goal scorer in the league with 22 goals in 30
games and overall his offensive skills are quite impressive (technical skills,
skating, puckhandling).

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
FrölundaJ20 SuperElit
30
22
13
35
18
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Linus Persson
Shoots: R
Height: 5-11
Weight: 170
Birthdate: 29.12.85
Place of Birth: Hagfors
Team: Frölunda

A spectacular player that is eligible to get drafted 2004. He controls the
puck very well with his fine technical skills and has great hockey sense.
Considered to be among the better Swedish players eligible 2004.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
FrölundaJ20 SuperElit
30
10
19
29
18

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Carl Söderberg
Shoots: L
Height: 6-3
Weight: 196
Birthdate: 12.10.85
Place of Birth: Malmö
Team: MIF Redhawks

Just like Linus Persson Carl Söderberg is eligible 2004. He has first
round potential and after his fine season with MIF Redhawks his stock will
only rize. Could very well become Sweden’s top scorer in the tournament. Good
skater, finisher and plays well in the corners.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
MIF RedhawksJ20 SuperElit
28
17
18
35
22
MIF RedhawksJ18 Allsvenskan
4
6
3
9
25

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Linus Videll
Shoots: L
Height: 6-3
Weight: 216
Birthdate: 05.05.85
Place of Birth: Stockholm
Team: Södertälje

A potential power-forward. Videll is a very good sniper and with his size
and strength he is perfect to have in front of the goalie on the power-play.
His qualities as a player should make several scouts interested in the championships.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
BrynäsJ20 SuperElit
19
4
7
11
4
SödertäljeJ20 SuperElit
9
4
2
6
0

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Bobby Williams
Shoots: L
Height: 6-0
Weight: 203
Birthdate: 19.10.85
Place of Birth: Stockholm
Team: Leksand

A powerful and fearless player that will very likely get drafted 2004. Only
5 players had more assists than Williams this season and if he can set up
plays with the national team as well he’ll be very valuable.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
LeksandJ20 SuperElit
28
5
19
24
54
LeksandJ18 Allsvenskan
5
5
4
9
8

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Mikael Öberg
Shoots: L
Height: 6-1
Weight: 178
Birthdate: 28.01.85
Place of Birth: Härnösand
Team: MoDo

Not a flashy player and not an offensive force but a player with a fantastic
attitude and work-ethics. He gives his best all the time and is quite responsible
as well.

TeamLeague
GP
G
A
PT
PIM
MoDoJ20 SuperElit
22
1
6
7
18
MoDoJ18 Allsvenskan
2
1
1
2
0

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