Swedish 2003 Prospects: Ola Svanberg

By pbadmin

Svanberg is no. 10 on the Swedish prospects list. The ranking and the articles have been compiled by Johan Nilsson, Robert Blomdahl, Zoran Manojlovic, Anders Östberg and Mikael Hermansson.

Birthdate: June 6th, 1985
Place of Birth: Tranemo
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Height: 5-11
Weight: 198
Team: HV 71


Svanberg has been considered a top prospect for quite a while now. He has been a regular with HV 71’s Junior A team for two seasons and also had the opportunity to experience the atmosphere in the SEL in a few games. This season he was dressed on five occasions with the senior team, but he spent most of his time playing in the junior league (SuperElit). In 26 games Svanberg scored 3 goals and 5 assists. Those numbers tied him for first place among defensemen on the team. With his 54 PIM and +12 he was ranked high in those categories as well.

Svanberg was also a member of the Swedish U18 team that finished in fifth place in the 2003 U18 Championships in April. With his role as a captain Svanberg was arguably the best defenseman on the team.

Talent Analysis

Svanberg is a rather smallish defenseman but he plays “big”. He is in no way a soft player and in fact he likes to use his body and has an edge to his sound defensive game. While his defense is very good he has some offensive upside as well. Svanberg skates very well and has a strong lateral movement. He sees the ice well and carries the puck with confidence. The 5-11 Svanberg also has a admirable work-ethic and to go with that he is a natural leader.

Draft Projection

If Svanberg was an inch or two taller he would probably get picked in the second or the third round, but since size is such an big issue in hockey today it is perhaps more realistic that a team selects him in the fourth or fifth round of the Entry Draft.

Next Season

Svanberg is on HV 71’s SEL-roster and will likely see more ice-time with the big boys next season. It is however a bit unlikely to expect him to become a regular right away since HV 71 is very deep on defense and he’ll be competing with eight other defensemen that are all very anxious to make the team.

NHL Future

Like most of the players drafted this year Svanberg has also a long way to go before a possible career as an NHLer (about three years). His main goal now must be to establish himself in the elite league and to see some ice-time with the national team. Svanberg’s maturity-level and attitude will definitely assist him on the way.


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