Swedish Prospects 2004 – October Ranking

By pbadmin

This is the Hockey’s Future/Elite Prospects October (“Early Season”) ranking of the draft eligible Swedish prospects. It has been compiled by Johan
Nilsson and Anders Östberg. The next ranking will be posted in November.

Djurgården’s Johannes Salmonsson maintains his position
as the No. 1 ranked prospect. Salmonsson is currently the only 1986-born player
that sees icetime in the Swedish Elite League. He has played convincingly in Djurgården
and registered his first point. He had however a mediocre showing in the last
U18-tournament but hopefully he has been inspired by his play in the SEL and
produces more in the next tournament (in November).

MoDo’s talented center Mattias Hellström drops four spots
after having big problems scoring in the junior league. Hellström gets
quality icetime at even strength as well as on the power play but has yet to produce.
Defenseman Alexander Täng, unranked in the preliminary
ranking posted in August, has made a huge climb and is now ranked eighth. Täng
who was eligible to get drafted this past summer is dominating the Swedish U20-league.
Elite Prospects has been deeply impressed by his outstanding play and feel
he has the potential to move even further up. Täng will also most likely
play for Sweden in the WJC.

Another new name to the list is HV71’s highly-skilled goalie Magnus
Åkerlund
. Åkerlund is the most talented Swedish junior
goalie in some years. He has posted very good numbers in the junior league and
he could very well be the one that will replace Stefan Liv, when he moves over to
Detroit.

#Player
Position
BirthTeam
1.Johannes Salmonsson
F
07.02.86Djurgården
2.Richard D-Willaume
D
28.01.86Frölunda
3.Carl Söderberg
F
12.10.85MIF Redhawks
4.Oscar Hedman
D
21.04.86MoDo
5.Linus Persson
F
29.12.85Frölunda
6.Johan Fransson
D
18.02.85Luleå
7.Mattias Hellström
F
18.06.86MoDo
8.Alexander Täng
D
27.06.85Frölunda
9.Patrik Hersley
D
23.06.86MIF Redhawks
10.Magnus Åkerlund
G
25.04.86HV 71
   
   
11.Björn Svensson
F
16.06.86Saskatoon
12.Fred Wikner
F
01.01.86Frölunda
13.Tobias Viklund
D
08.05.86MoDo
14.Tommy Enström
F
30.07.86MoDo
15.Anton Axelsson
F
16.01.86Frölunda
16.Fredrik Näslund
F
11.02.86Västerås
17.Bobby Williams
F
19.10.85Swift Current
18.Marcus Nyberg
D
16.01.86Luleå
19.Alexander Bergström
F
18.01.86Rögle
20.Martin Gudmundsson
F
21.08.86Mora
   
   
  just outside
the list
   
  Niklas Andersson
D
05.03.86Brynäs
  Mathias Porseland
D
12.06.86Frölunda
.John Wikner
F
01.01.86Frölunda
  David Fredriksson
F
04.10.85HV 71
  Viktor Lindgren
F
16.03.86Luleå
  Martin Persson
D
19.06.86MIF Redhawks
  Jesper Andersson
F
30.04.86MoDo
  Emil Hansson
D
08.08.86MoDo
  Jonas Karlsson
F
14.02.86Skåre
Gustav Engman
D
17.01.85Spokane
Emil Axelsson
D
19.03.86Örebro

On the move up?
* Johan Fransson, Luleå
* Alexander Täng, Frölunda
* Magnus Åkerlund, HV71
* Bobby Williams, Swift Current
* Alexander Bergström, Rögle
* Emil Axelsson, Örebro