Alexander Wennberg
Image: Djurgarden Hockey

Alexander Wennberg

Hometown:

Nacka Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1994-09-22

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

1st round (14th overall), 2013

Weight:

183 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Alexander Wennberg made the jump from Boo IF in Sweden's Division 2 to the Djurgarden club in elite juniors. In 40 games for the Djurgarden U18 team he scored 11 goals with 23 assists. In five playoff games he had 1 goal with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes as Djurgarden advanced to the U18 finals.

2011-12: Wennberg moved up to Djurgardens' U20 team and represented Sweden in the 2011 U19 World Junior A Challenge and 2012 U18 World Junior Championship tournaments. He scored 1 goal with 19 assists in 45 games, including three playoff contests, and was plus-six with 6 penalty minutes. Wennberg played eight games for Djurgardens' U18 team. In four games for Sweden at the WJAC he was scoreless with no penalty minutes. Wennberg had a breakout tournament for Sweden's silver medal-winning U18 team, scoring 3 goals with 6 assists and finishing plus-two in six games. He spent time with Djurgarden's Elitserien team but did not appear in any games.

2012-13: Wennberg spent his first season in Swedish pro hockey as an 18-year-old, skating in 46 games for Djurgarden, which had been demoted from the Elitserien to Allsvenskan. Including Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog, who spent time with the club during the NHL lockout, Djurgarden featured several teenagers. Wennberg was the team's fourth-leading scorer, scoring 14 goals with 18 assists in 46 games, and was plus-10 with 14 penalty minutes. In three Kval playoff games he had 3 assists. Playing for Sweden's silver medal U20 team at the 2013 World Junior Championship he scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was plus-two in six games. In April he signed a two-year contract to play for Frolunda in the Elitserien. Wennberg was ranked fifth amongst European skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

A tall and rangy player who has turned three-zone into his calling card. Alex has nice, soft hands and a sense for when the time’s ripe for a pass or a shot. He displays good anticipation and in-game intelligence. Despite a still somewhat lanky frame, Alex has some good wheels and strong side-to-side movement. Doesn’t hesitate to throw the body around and plays with a sense of great responsibility for his defensive duties. A player who can compliment all sorts of line-mates. His frame is the type that looks like it could house another 20-30 pounds within the next five years. He has already played 50 games of pro hockey in a men’s league and spent this past year making top 6 offensive contributions. Alex is the type of kid who can do a little bit of everything while also playing with a chip on his shoulder. Heading to Frolunda of the SEL for the 13/14 season.

 

Future

With Djurgardens playing again in HockeyAllsvenskan for the second straight season, Wennberg signed with the SHL’s Frolunda heading into the 2013-14 season. His SHL debut will allow the Swedish product to increase his strength and speed, before he reevaluates his chances of coming to North America for the 2014-15 season.

 

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