Swedish 2003 Prospects: Mattias Karlsson

By pbadmin

Karlsson is rated no. 9 on the Swedish prospect list. The ranking and the articles have been compiled by Johan Nilsson, Robert Blomdahl,
Zoran Manojlovic, Anders Östberg and Mikael Hermansson.


Birthdate: 15.04.85
Place of Birth: Storå
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-2
Weight: 192
Team: Brynäs

Karlsson has come off a strong season where he has taken his game to another level.
Last season he had a very modest role with the junior team but this season he
became one of the best players on the team despite being one year younger than
most of his teammates.
Karlsson finished fourth in points among defensemen in the junior league (SuperElit)
with 17 points in 27 games. He was ranked second in terms of goals by a defenseman
with 11, two goals less than MoDo’s Daniel Sondell.
He sat on the bench on three different occasions in the SEL.

During the U18 Championships in April Karlsson was the highest scoring defenseman
on the Swedish team with one goal and three assists in six games.

Talent Analysis
Karlsson is a very interesting player and he has just started to show what he
is capable of. With his 6-2 frame Karlsson has good size and he plays an aggressive
game. What is even better is the fact that he knows how to use his body, having
a good timing in his hits and being very mobile overall.
Karlsson is also very gifted offensively and passes the puck well. He is also
very valuable on the power play where his fine shot comes in handy.
On the downside he tends to overwork the puck at times and could use some work
on his foot speed.

Draft Projection
Karlsson was more or less unknown before the season started but after a fine season
in the junior league and a pretty good U18 Championships tournament offensively,
his stock has definitely increased. Karlsson’s combination of grit along
with a strong offensive game will make him very attractive for a lot of teams.
He should get picked in the third or fourth round.

Next Season
Karlsson is not a regular with Brynäs and will most likely not become one
next season either. Baring injuries he will likely spend most of the season
with the junior team or possible be lent out to a second-tier league team. There
is no certain way to say where he’ll land though, since Karlsson progressed
enormously this past season and next season could turn out to be just as good.
If so, he could see a significant amount of ice time in the elite league.

NHL Future
Considering the fact that it will likely take yet a year before Karlsson will
seriously challenge for a regular roster spot in the SEL it is unlikely to think
that he could become an NHLer in less than two years. Hopefully Karlsson will
make the WJC-team in December and continue his progress in a good way in the
junior league.


2001-2002Brynäs J-20SuperElit1301112
2001-2002Brynäs J-18J18 Allsvenskan52136
2002-2003Brynäs J-20SuperElit271161793
2002-2003Team Sweden U-18WJC-18613416