Swedish Prospects 2004: November Ranking

By pbadmin

This is Hockey’s Future/Elite Prospects November Ranking of 2004 draft eligible prospects. It has been compiled
by Johan Nilsson and Anders Östberg. The next ranking will be posted in late
December.

Luleå’s young defenseman Johan Fransson has had a very strong
month in the SEL. Due to injuries he has become a regular on the
team and played very convincingly. Fransson, who opted out of the draft this summer,
is a very good skater and gifted offensively and could very well end up fighting
for the rookie of the year award in the SEL.

The strong 6’0″ defenseman Oscar Hedman has been producing a
lot of points (9 in 15 games) with MoDo in the junior league and also played
well with the Swedish National Team. Frölunda’s Demén-Willaume might still be
the one with the best upside, but for now Hedman sits at No. 3 after a strong
month.

New on the list is Emil Axelsson at No. 13. Axelsson has along
with Carl Gunnarsson (2005 eligible) sensationally becoming a regular with Örebro
in the 2nd-tier league. He also had a strong tournament with Team Sweden
in Switzerland. Axelsson has excellent size and is quite gifted offensively.
He could very well end up in the top 10 eventually.

Talented WHLer Björn Svensson has fallen quite a bit on the
ranking. He is currently ranked No. 17 and has only been registered for one
goal in 17 games with the Saskatoon Blades. Svensson has from his third line role
received a fair amount of icetime and hopefully he’ll be able to start producing
some offense soon.

#Player
Position
BirthTeam
01.Johan Fransson
D
18.02.85Luleå
02.Johannes Salmonsson
F
07.02.86Djurgården
03.Oscar Hedman
D
21.04.86MoDo
04.Carl Söderberg
F
12.10.85MIF Redhawks
05.Richard D-Willaume
D
28.01.86Frölunda
06.Mattias Hellström
F
18.06.86MoDo
07.Linus Persson
F
29.12.85Frölunda
08.Alexander Täng
D
27.06.85Frölunda
09.Magnus Åkerlund
G
25.04.86HV 71
10.Patrik Hersley
D
23.06.86MIF Redhawks
   
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11.Fred Wikner
F
01.01.86Frölunda
12.Tobias Viklund
D
08.05.86MoDo
13.
Emil Axelsson
D
19.03.86Örebro
14.Fredrik Näslund
F
11.02.86Västerås
15.Tommy Enström
F
30.07.86MoDo
16.Marcus Nyberg
D
16.01.86Luleå
17.Björn Svensson
F
16.06.86Saskatoon
18. Viktor Lindgren
F
16.03.86Luleå
19. Jesper Andersson
F
30.04.86MoDo
20.Johan Harju
F
15.05.86Luleå
   
   
  just outside
the list
   
  Niklas Andersson
D
05.03.86Brynäs
  Christopher Thörn
F
20.07.86Djurgården
  Anton Axelsson
F
16.01.86Frölunda
John Wikner
F
01.01.86Frölunda
  Daniel Larsson
G
07.02.86Luleå
  Tomas Wallgren
F
18.05.86Luleå
  Emil Hansson
D
08.08.86MoDo
  Martin Gudmundsson
F
21.08.86Mora
  Alexander Bergström
F
18.01.86Rögle
  Jonas Karlsson
F
14.02.86Skåre
Gustav Engman
D
17.01.85Spokane
  Bobby Williams
F
19.10.85Swift Current

On the move up?
* Johannes Salmonsson, Djurgården
* Johan Harju/Tomas Wallgren, Luleå
* Björn Svensson, Saskatoon
* Emil Axelsson, Örebro