Although the crop of Swedish prospects is not as deep as in recent years, there is still some good talent from that country at the top of the 2013 NHL Draft class. The best of this year's lot is forward Elias Lindholm of the Brynas organization.
Lindholm has been on the radar of hockey scouts for the past couple of seasons, and he did little this season to suggest that he won't be an impact player once he finally reaches the NHL.
The native of Boden, Sweden saw his first extensive action in Sweden's top league in 2012-13 after getting his feet wet at that level last season. In 48 games for Brynas, Lindholm scored 11 goals and added 19 assists for 30 points. Lindholm also represented his country at the U20 World Juniors for the first time, scoring two goals and notching two assists in six games.
Lindholm is the cousin of Detroit Red Wings prospect Calle Jarnkrok, with the two relatives playing for Brynas's top club this past season. Jarnkrok has developed into an intriguing prospect for the Red Wings, but Lindholm may ultimately possess better overall skill than his talented cousin.
Lindholm attended the 2013 NHL Combine in Toronto, ON. He spoke with the media following his testing session, some of which is recorded in this Hockey's Future video.
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