Anton Gustafsson
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Anton Gustafsson

Hometown:

Karlskoga Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1990-02-25

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

1st round (21st overall), 2008

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • F

History

2006-07: Gustafsson split the season between Frolunda’s U-18 and U-20 teams. He scored 5 goals with 3 assists and had 24 PIM in 26 games as a rookie at the U-20 level. Gustafsson scored 3 goals with 4 assists and had 8 PIM in 8 games at the U-18 level. In six playoff games for Frolunda U-18, he scored 3 goals with 1 assist and had 2 PIM. Gustafsson played for Varmland in the TV-Pucken U-17 tournament and scored 4 goals with 3 assists in five games. He was selected for Team Sweden’s WJC U-18 roster but did not play in the tournament due to injury.

2007-08: Gustafsson made his Swedish Elite League debut with Frolunda and was nearly a point-per-game scorer for the Indians’ U-20 team. Gustaffson had no points or PIM in five minutes of ice time in his one SEL appearance. Gustafsson was an assistant captain for the U-20 squad and scored 15 goals with 17 assists and had 55 PIM in 33 junior games. In two U-20 playoff games for Frolunda he had 1 goal with 2 PIM.

2008-09: Gustafsson attended Capitals’ camp but was limited due to back problems. He was expected to play for Frölunda’s Allsvenskan affiliate Borås but instead returned to his hometown Karlskoga to play for Bofors in the same league. Gustafsson scored 6 goals with 4 assists and had 22 PIM in 25 games for Bofors. He played two regular season games with Frolunda U-20 and was scoreless with 4 PIM. He found his offensive touch in the U-20 playoffs, scoring 3 goals with 4 assists and was +8 with 4 PIM.

2009-10: Gustafsson suffered a concussion during the Capitals’ prospect camp and then had myriad injuries in training camp – one of which was the result of him crashing into a goal post. He was sent to Hershey after Washington’s camp and played some in the exhibition games but was loaned to Boras and spent the season in Sweden’s second league. Following Boras’ season, he made his North American pro debut in an April 4 game and had two assists and was +2 in a 3-2 win over Norfolk. He was with Hershey during their Calder Cup playoff run but did not play in any games. Gustafsson scored 6 goals with 12 assists and had 18 PIM in 34 games with Boras.

Talent Analysis

Gustafsson is a highly-skilled, two-way center with good size who likes to play the body - sometimes to his own peril as injuries have slowed his development. Gustafsson is still maturing physically but has good hockey sense and is a responsible defender. He works to distribute the puck and looks to create opportunities for his teammates. His shot is not particularly strong but it is accurate and he has a quick release that sometimes surprises opposing goalies. He can be very dangerous and tough to play one-on-one at full speed but does not have great quickness and acceleration. Defensively, he is workmen-like and rarely takes unnecessary risks. He relies on smart decisions and simple plays. He is the son of former Capital and recent Team Sweden Head Coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson.

Future
Contract was terminated, playing pro in Switzerland. Gustaffson's agent has shut the door on a return to the Capitals organization.

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