Swedish 2003 Prospects: Linus Videll

By pbadmin

Videll is no. 6 on the Swedish prospects ranking list.
The ranking and the articles have been compiled by Johan Nilsson, Robert Blomdahl, Zoran Manojlovic, Anders Östberg and Mikael Hermansson.


Birthdate: 05.05.85
Place of Birth: Stockholm
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-3
Weight: 216
Team: Södertälje

Despite his young age and the fact that Videll has yet to play senior hockey,
he has already moved around quite a bit and represented no less than the three
teams the last two seasons.
During the 2001-02 season we noticed for the first time that he has a great nose
for the net as he scored no less 19 goals in 18 games with AIK’s junior-b
team (U18). Instead of staying with AIK Videll moved north to Gävle and
Brynäs, which is where he started this season.
The 6-3 winger spent most of the time on the second and third line but after
only 19 games he moved once again, this time to Södertälje. He was
very much likely hoping to get a bigger and more important role. In nine games
with his new team he scored 4 goals and 2 assists.

Videll’s season in the junior league was not amazing but he
has played well with the national team (U18) and also got the honor to represent
team Sweden in the U18 championships in April.
He started out on Sweden’s first line along with Liam Lindström and
Christopher Lindholm, but after two games he was set to play with Filip Hollström
and Carl Söderberg on the third line.

Talent Analysis
Scouts love size and Videll sure has it. With his 6-3 and 216 lb frame he is
the largest draft eligible Swede this year. Being of such a large stature
Videll’s skating is far from excellent. He is not a terrible skater by
any means and his mobility is still pretty good, but he needs to work on his
acceleration. Luckily Videll brings a lot to the table that makes up for his
lesser skating skills; such as a fine scoring touch, good puckhandling skills
and a great reach.
He has the ability to find the open spots in front of the net and has a good

Looking at Videll’s physical game he plays an aggressive and in-your-face
type of hockey and with a lot of work he might become a strong power forward
in the future. Seeing as Videll has such a big advantage in size he could use
his body to an even greater extent and hit even more.
Overall he has the attributes and the talent to become a fine player in the
future and if he becomes more consistent as well as improve the above mentioned
elements we will hear a lot from this young player in the future.

Draft Projection
Videll’s size and his potential to become a power forward has made him
a very popular player among the scouts. While there are likely players with
more upside and more pure skill, this huge winger has what it takes to become
an offensive force in the future and therefore he should be gone by the third
or possibly the fourth round.

Next Season
Seeing ice time in the SEL must ultimately be Videll’s main goal next
season. The question is if he’ll get to play in the elite league already
next season. He will have to compete with a group of young forwards for ice time,
including Dragan Umicevic (8th on our ranking). Videll has yet to play hockey
on senior level, while most of the other prospects have in fact some experience
from either the elite league or the second league.
If he stays in the junior league we can expect him to become a big force and
most likely one of the best players in the league. There have however been some
rumors that have placed him in the CHL next season. Since Videll should have
no major problems transitioning to the North American game and the risk of him
being stuck in the junior league in Sweden, playing top quality junior hockey
in North America could be a possible solution.

NHL Future
Unlike many prospects Videll hasn’t got an aspect of his game that he
has to most improve greatly in order to become successful. He compensates his
skating with his size and overall skills. It will make it easier for him to
adjust to any level of play. His NHL readiness will depend on where Videll chooses
to continue his development (in Sweden or in North America). He might be ready
in one to two years if he adjust well to the North American but on the other hand it
could perhaps be safer for him to go the “traditional way”; becoming
an established player in the SEL and then to perform well with the Swedish national


2001-2002AIK J-18J18 Allsvenskan18196252
2002-2003Brynäs J-20SuperElit1947114
2002-2003Södertälje J-20SuperElit94260
2002-2003Team Sweden U-18WJC-18620212