Alexander Tang is a 1985-born player for Frölunda in the Swedish U20-league (J20 SuperElit). He is the top defenseman on the team and arguably the best defenseman in the entire league.
Alexander Täng, who was not drafted this past summer, has had an excellent season so far and should be a very interesting name for the scouts and the NHL teams entering the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
The 5’11” 196-pound defenseman was a top prospect at an early age, being chosen the best defenseman of the yearly prospect tournament “TV-Pucken” (for 15-year-olds). Täng had a pretty good season last year but he did not make those huge improvements that perhaps many had expected. This season it is completely different. He has been a key-player for Frölunda’s junior team and also been playing regularly on the Swedish U20-team. Täng is very likely to make the WJC roster as well after playing very solidly in several international tournaments this season.
While there is at the moment not room for Täng in Frölunda’s SEL lineup, he’ll most definitely get his real shot next season.
Elite Prospects junior league expert Anders Östberg has been following Täng’s progress very closely this season and describes him in the following way:
“Alexander is a really talented two-way defenseman with exceptional hockey sense. He has excellent skating, an excellent passing game, sees the ice and reads the game very well. His shot is hard and accurate and his positioning on the ice is always right.
He has long crisp passes which he delivers with perfection to forwards from his own zone, building up attacks. But he is also great at carrying the puck himself with his good speed and finding the right players at the right time.
In his own end he chooses the best solutions and rarely makes any mistakes. Alexander has become bigger from last season and has added a lot of muscles. Täng is the real thing, with a very good upside which he shows by having the winning actions. His size is not a concern any more, and he can play through through traffic.”
It’s not often a young defenseman displays the skill-set that Täng has showed us this season. The only thing that could scare away some scouts is his height but his strong overall game should make up for that.
Täng has scored 3 goals, 7 assists and 16 PIM in 16 games with Frölunda J20. He has also been dressed with the senior team at three occasions.
Täng is a much underrated defenseman and right now rather unknown. Täng is a name we will all hear a lot more in the future and he is a star in the making.