Swedish 2004 prospects, March update

By Johan Nilsson



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Luleå’s young star Johan Fransson is still ranked No.
1 ahead of MODO’s Oscar Hedman. Fransson finished the regular
season in a very impressive way and was actually among the very best players
on the team. Unfortunately he suffered a concussion early in the playoffs which
made him miss four of the five games in the quarter final series against Färjestad.

Djurgården’s Johannes Salmonsson has slipped down to
the fourth spot. He will miss the U18 World Junior Championships in April because
of his shoulder but is expected to be fit and playing at the start of next season.
One of Sweden’s most important players in the above mentioned tournament will
without a doubt be goalie Magnus Åkerlund. Åkerlund
saw some ice-time in the U20 WJC this winter and must play well in order for
the Swedish team to have any success as there are so many good teams.

Brynäs-defenseman Niklas Andersson has had a very strong
season and slowly been climbing up our ranking. He is currently No. 8 after
a strong finish and will likely get some SEL ice time next season. Further down
the list an interesting player is Luleå’s powerful forward Johan
Harju
. Harju has good size, is very strong and has a good nose for
the net. In our opinion he has surpassed the more hyped Luleå forward
Viktor Lindgren. Both of them are likely to get some shifts
in the SEL next season.

Two rankings are now remaining. In late April after the U18 WJC we will post
another top 25 ranking and in June, approximately a week before the NHL Entry
Draft, a top 30 ranking will be released with in-depth information on the top
ranked players.

#PlayerPosBornTeam
1.Johan
Fransson
D1985-02-18Luleå
2.Oscar
Hedman
D1986-04-21MODO
3.Carl
Söderberg
F1985-10-12MIF
Redhawks
4.Johannes
Salmonsson
F1986-02-07Djurgården
5.Magnus
Åkerlund
G1986-04-25HV
71
6.Mattias
Hellström
F1986-06-18MODO
7.Richard
Demén-Willaume
D1986-01-28Frölunda
8.Niklas
Andersson
D1986-03-05Brynäs
9.Linus
Persson
F1985-12-29Frölunda
10.Emil
Axelsson
D1986-03-19Örebro
.....
11.Fredrik
Näslund
F1986-02-11Västerås
12.Alexander
Täng
D1985-06-27Frölunda
13.Fred
Wikner
F1986-01-01Frölunda
14.Tobias
Viklund
D1986-05-08MODO
15.Johan
Harju
F1986-05-15Luleå
16.Marcus
Nyberg
D1986-01-16Luleå
17.Alexander
Bergström
F1986-01-18Rögle
18.Tommy
Enström
F1986-07-30MODO
19.Jesper
Andersson
F1986-04-30MODO
20.Niklas
Olausson
F1986-05-12Tingsryd
.....
21.Viktor
Lindgren
F1986-03-16Luleå
22.Albin
Lorentzon
D1986-01-07Linköping
23.Anton
Axelsson
F1986-01-16Frölunda
24.Anton
Strålman
D1986-08-01Skövde
25.Nicklas
Grossman
D1985-01-22Södertälje