Swedish 2004 prospects, February update

By Johan Nilsson




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Johan Fransson
is the No. 1 ranked prospect in this month’s ranking. The highly skilled defenseman
has been performing exceptionally well lately, and looks like the most talented
Swedish defenseman to come along in a long while. Fransson’s skating and passing
ability is top notch and, unlike most young defensemen in the big league, he is
not afraid to do the unexpected.

Another very talented defenseman is MODO’s Oscar Hedman at No.
2. He scored his first career SEL goal in the last game of the regular season
and will likely get some ice time in the playoffs. Hedman may have difficulty keeping his spot in the lineup, however, with the majority of MoDo’s injured players having recovered from their ailments.

There are not many changes in the rankings, but a new player on the list is Södertälje’s
huge defenseman Nicklas Grossman at No. 20. He had a strong U19
tourney in Finland a couple of weeks ago, and with his intimidating 6’3″ frame
he will not be easily passed by.

There are three rankings now remaining before the NHL Draft in June. In late March we will post a top 25 ranking, followed by another top 25 ranking after the U18 Championships in April. In
June, approximately a week before the NHL Entry Draft, a top 30 ranking will be
released with in-depth information on the top 10 players on that list.

#PlayerPosBornTeam
1.Johan
Fransson
D1985-02-18Luleå
2.Oscar
Hedman
D1986-04-21MODO
3.Johannes
Salmonsson
F1986-02-07Djurgården
4.Carl
Söderberg
F1985-10-12MIF
Redhawks
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.Niklas
Andersson
D1986-03-05Brynäs
12.Alexander
Bergström
F1986-01-18Rögle
13.Albin
Lorentzon
D1986-01-07Linköping
14.Fredrik
Näslund
F1986-02-11Västerås
15.Fred
Wikner
F1986-01-01Frölunda
16.Tobias
Viklund
D1986-05-08MODO
17.Viktor
Lindgren
F1986-03-16Luleå
18.Marcus
Nyberg
D1986-01-16Luleå
19.Niklas
Olausson
F1986-05-12Tingsryd
20.Nicklas
Grossman
D1985-01-22Södertälje