Swedish 2003 Prospects: Liam Lindstrom

By pbadmin

Lindstrom is no. 5 on the Swedish prospects ranking.
The ranking and the articles have been compiled by Johan Nilsson, Robert Blomdahl,
Zoran Manojlovic, Anders Östberg and Mikael Hermansson.

#5 LIAM LINDSTRÖM

Birthdate: 12.01.85
Place of Birth: Edmonton, Canada
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190
Team: Sundsvall

History
Liam Lindström is the son of former NHLer Willy Lindström who spent
13 years in North America, mostly with the Winnipeg Jets. Liam Lindström
has played for Mora the last three seasons and this past one he played with
the senior team as well as in the junior league.
Offensively the season did not go entirely well. In 14 games in the second-tier
league he was scoreless, but on the other hand he saw limited ice-time and was
mostly there in order to learn and gain experience. With Mora’s U20 team
Liam amassed 3 goals and 7 assists in 20 games, in no way astonishing numbers.
Lindström had better luck with the Swedish U18 team where he was among
the better players during the U18 championships (and throughout the year) scoring
a goal and 3 assists in 6 games. In the same tournament he was also the second
most penalized player with his 45 minutes.

Talent Analysis
Lindström is not a scorer. He is more of a hard-working
forward. Lindström’s main strength is his aggressive and very physical
play. He never stops working and agitates the opponents with dirty tricks at
times. With those kinds of skills he could become an excellent defensive
in the future.
His game is not only about being aggressive all the time, he has also good hockey
sense, good one-ice-vision and he is furthermore a pretty good skater.
Looking at his scoring abilities Lindström is not a natural scorer. He
is much more confident when it comes to passing the puck, which he does very
well. Overall Lindström plays well at both ends but could be even more
involved in the offense.

Draft Projection
His way of playing hockey and his solid season with the national team has made
him the highly thought of prospect that he is today. Lindström could probably
go anywhere between the second and fourth round. The team that selects him will
get a very talented young player with a play that will fit in perfectly in the
NHL.

Next Season
Lindström just recently signed with Sundsvall in the second-tier league. He
felt that the competition among centers in Mora was too tough and is now hoping
to get a bigger role with Sundsvall. We can’t expect him to break through
already next season but with the right amount of ice-time he’ll probably
be able to score a decent amount of points. He should also be a strong contender
to make the Swedish U20 team that will participate in the World Junior Championships
in Finland.

NHL Future
Very few Swedish players look more suited for the NHL than young Lindström.
He might not be the biggest player in the draft but he plays with a lot of grit
and heart which definitely compensates his size. His fine ability to play through
traffic and hold his own against larger and more experienced players will not
hurt him either. Seeing as Lindström will play on the second highest level
in Sweden next year, it will likely take at least one year before he would get
to play in the elite league, which is the natural way to go before moving over
the big ocean. Therefore it is to be expected that Lindström will have
to wait at least two to three years before being ready to enter the best league in the
world.

Statistics

SeasonTeamLeagueGPGATPPIM
2000-2001Mora J-20SuperElit 10002
 Mora J-18J18 Allsvenskan 1434714
2001-2002MoraSEL2 11010
 Mora J-20SuperElit 25581312
 Mora J-18J18 Allsvenskan 23030
2002-2003MoraSEL2 140000
 Mora J-20SuperElit 20371057
 Mora J-18J18 Allsvenskan 43148
 Team Sweden U-18WJC-18 613445