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