Enstrom is ranked no. 2 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.
#2 TOBIAS ENSTRÖM
Place of Birth: Nordingrå
Enström has come off an absolutely amazing season. Not only did he become
a regular in the elite league with MoDo, he also won the Rookie of the Year
Award, beating highly-touted forward Robert Nilsson in the voting.
Before the season started Enström was one of many talented players in
MoDo, but no one really thought he could seriously challenge for a regular roster
spot. Enström proved early that he was in the SEL to stay and what is even
more impressive is the fact that at the end of the season he was arguably the
best defenseman on the team. Coach Pirro Alexandersson praised him as MoDo’s
best defenseman in the playoffs.
Enström joined players Henrik Zetterberg, Mikael Tellqvist, and Kenny
Jönsson in becoming the 14th player to win the rookie of the year award
in the SEL.
Add to that that the young defenseman has already at the age of 18 made his
debut with the Swedish national team, in an exhibition against team Switzerland.
This winter he played with the U20 team as well, where he was selected top three
on the Swedish team (along with forwards Joakim Lindström and Alexander
An excellent two-way defenseman with a fantastic skating ability and great hockey
sense, Enström is undersized but makes up for that with a brilliant and
mature overall game.
He sees the ice and reads the game very well and makes crisp outlet passes.
Enström has also a good/accurate shot and plays the point on the power
In his own end Enström is very solid. He always chooses the easiest solution
and has so far had no problems playing against forwards that are much larger
than he is.
While there are no glaring weaknesses in his game size is an issue. He is “only”
5-10 and around 170lbs but what most people don’t know is that he has
great strength and excellent scores on various physical tests. Enström
is also not fully grown yet and with a lot of work he should have no problems
adding 15-20lbs to his weight.
If Enström would have been 6-2, he’d most likely be a top 10 or
15 pick in the Entry Draft. Seeing that it is not so, it is more likely that
he’ll get drafted between the second and the fourth round, especially
since size is such a big issue in the NHL today.
No one should however be surprised if Enström was to be picked late in
the first round. Some might remember Detroit selecting a young and undersized
defenseman by the name of Niklas Kronwall in the first round three summers ago
and Kronwall is now among the best Swedish defensemen outside the NHL.
What can we expect from Enström next season then? Well, considering he
has achieved so much during his rookie season there’s no reason to think
he’ll not further his game even more next season. MoDo has lost their
no. 1 defenseman Pierre Hedin to the NHL and this naturally means that Enström
will see greater responsibilities.
During the World Junior Championships he will anchor the Swedish defense and
if his progress continues he might even get the honors to represent team Sweden
in the World Championships next spring.
A defenseman of smaller size has to be exceptional to make it in the NHL. Enström
is exceptional with his strong overall game, his great hockey
sense and fine skating. He is also perhaps the most NHL ready player among the
Swedes that will get drafted on June 21st and June 22nd, considering he is a
regular in the elite league and has played for the national team. Once in the
NHL Enström has the potential to become no. 2 or 3 defenseman.
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