Swedish 2004 prospects January ranking

By pbadmin



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Oscar Hedman
is ranked No. 1 among Swedish prospects for the 2004 NHL Entry Draft for the first time this season. Hedman did not play for Team
Sweden in the U20 World Championships, but has played
extraordinary well the last couple of weeks. He has become a regular with MoDo in the Swedish Elite League
and arguably been the best defenseman on the team since he made his league debut.
Hedman is still waiting for his first elite league goal but has managed to collect
a pair of assists so far.

The competition for the second spot in this ranking is really tight. Carl
Söderberg
has just like Hedman recently become a regular in the
top tier league and Djurgården’s young forward Johannes Salmonsson
has come off a pretty good WJC tournament. Salmonsson was however not the most
impressive Swede in the tournament, that description is more suitable for the
player ranked No. 2, Johan Fransson.

Fransson was Sweden’s top defenseman in the tournament and also managed to score
three goals. Franssons’s defensive game was earlier a question mark but he has
improved his play in his own end dramatically and is actually leading his team
Luleå with a +8.

Further down the list at No. 12 there is a new player, Albin Lorentzon,
Linköping. Lorentzon has surprised a lot of people by playing a very mature
and steady game in the SEL. He is along with Hedman and Johannes Salmonsson
the only player born in 1986 that has seen regular ice time in the top league lately.
Lorentzon’s convincing defensive play earned him a roster spot in the upcoming
U18 tournament held in Finland, February 3rd-7th.

#PlayerPosBornTeam
1.Oscar
Hedman
D1986-04-21MODO
2.Johan
Fransson
D1985-02-18Luleå
3.Carl
Söderberg
F1985-10-12MIF
Redhawks
4.Johannes
Salmonsson
F1986-02-07Djurgården
5.Richard
Demén-Willaume
D1986-01-28Frölunda
6.Mattias
Hellström
F1986-06-18MODO
7.Magnus
Åkerlund
G1986-04-25HV
71
8.Emil
Axelsson
D1986-03-19Örebro
9.Linus
Persson
F1985-12-29Frölunda
10.Alexander
Täng
D1985-06-27Frölunda
.....
11.Alexander
Bergström
F1986-01-18Rögle
12.Albin
Lorentzon
D1986-01-07Linköping
13.Fredrik
Näslund
F1986-02-11Västerås
14.Niklas
Andersson
D1986-03-05Brynäs
15.Tobias
Viklund
D1986-05-08MODO
16.Fred
Wikner
F1986-01-01Frölunda
17.Viktor
Lindgren
F1986-03-16Luleå
18.Marcus
Nyberg
D1986-01-16Luleå
19.Niklas
Olausson
F1986-05-12Tingsryd
20.Jesper
Andersson
F1986-04-30MODO