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