Valdix is ranked no. 4 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.
#4 ANDREAS VALDIX
Place of Birth: Malmö
Position: Left Wing
Team: MIF Redhawks
Valdix has just come off his first season in the elite league. He went from
being a fine player in the junior league to a talented rookie in the SEL. Valdix
was dressed at 39 occasions during the regular season and potted two goals.
The main reason for his rather low point totals is that he mostly sat on the
bench, and when he actually played it wasn’t that many shifts per game.
Those times he saw quality ice-time he did however perform very well.
Valdix was way more productive in the junior league where scored impressive
10 goals and 12 assists in 11 games. With 22 points he was actually MIF’s
fourth best scorer despite playing almost 20 games less than his team mates.
Valdix has also played with the Swedish U20 team this season. He was a member
of the Swedish WJC-team this past winter and had two goals in six games.
Valdix is a great skater with a long and powerful stride. He is a good playmaker that
sees the ice in a great way and he is at the same time capable of putting the
puck in the net. His shot is good, but just like Valdix has openly said, it
could use some improvement. Furthermore he is an aggressive forechecker and
protects the puck well. When it comes to the physical aspect of his game he
is not soft but obviously his physical game would get better if he was to add
some more weight.
Although he sometimes tends to overwork the puck he has the ability to create
scoring chances out of nothing. His main concern right now is to get stronger
and bulk up.
Valdix wasn’t much known before the season started but with a solid rookie
campaign and a pretty good WJC-tournament he is now a well-scouted player. His
fine skating technique and his experience of senior hockey makes him a pretty
safe pick. Valdix could probably get drafted anywhere between the late second
round and the early fourth.
With an elite league season under his belt we can expect him to see more ice-time
and greater responsibilities next season. There aren’t that many young
forwards on the team (other than Danish top prospect Franz Nielsen and Detroit
draftee Jimmie Svensson), so it is not unlikely that he’ll get to play
on the third line at least.
The first step for Valdix is to turn into an established SEL-player which we
should expect him to become this season. He will also anchor the Swedish WJC-team
along with Robert Nilsson and Alexander Steen. If Valdix has a solid season
next year he could be ready for his big breakthrough the following season. With
this reasoning it would probably take two to three years before he could possible make
it to the NHL. He has the potential to become a good second or third line player
in the North America if his development goes according to plan.
|1999-2000||Malmö J-18||J18 Allsvenskan||14||3||7||10||39|
|Malmö J-18||J18 Allsvenskan||6||2||2||4||12|
|MIF Redhawks J-20||SuperElit||42||13||15||28||70|
|Team Sweden U-18||WJC-18||8||0||0||0||37|
|MIF Redhawks J-20||SuperElit||11||10||12||22||16|
|Team Sweden U-20||WJC-20||6||2||0||2||0|