Anton Rodin
Image: Bryans IF

Anton Rodin

Hometown:

Stockholm Sweden

Team:

Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1990-11-21

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

2nd round (53rd overall), 2009

Weight:

174 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Anton Rodin made his Swedish pro hockey debut, appearing in six games with Oskarshamn in AllSvenskan (the Swedish second league). He was the second-leading scorer for Brynas' junior team in the Super Elit U20 league. Rodin had no points with 2 PMs for Oskarshamn. In 23 regular season games for Brynas, which finished first in the North Division, he scored 18 goals with 16 assists and was +25 with 32 PMs. In 14 games in Top 8 play he scored 11 goals with 10 assists and was +8 with 2 PMs. Rodin represented Sweden internationally at the U19 level and in 8 games scored 5 goals with 8 assists. Ranked 15th amongst European skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings, he was selected by the Canucks in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.

2009-10: Rodin skated in 36 games for Brynas as a rookie in Sweden's Elitserien and had an outstanding tournament for Sweden at the 2010 U20 World Junior Championship. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was an even plus/minus with 8 PMs as Brynas finished sixth in the 12-team league. In Brynas' five-game first round playoff series with Djurgardens he had 1 goal and was -2 with 4 PMs. Rodin tied Oilers prospect Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson for second overall in points (10) on the bronze medal-winning Sweden squad at the WJC. He scored 3 goals with 7 assists and had two game-winning goals. Rodin skated in eight games on loan to Mora in Sweden's second league (AllSvenskan) and scored 2 goals with 2 assists. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Canucks in June 2010.

2010-11: Rodin returned to Sweden for a second season with Brynas and assumed a larger role for the club. He skated in 53 of 55 games for seventh-place Brynas and scored 7 goals with 19 assists; finishing -9 with 16 PMs. In five playoff games he had 1 goal with 1 assist and was -3.

2011-12: Rodin made his pro debut in North America as a 20-year old; playing 62 games for the Canucks' AHL affiliate Chicago as a rookie. He scored 10 goals with 17 assists and was minus-five with 18 penalty minutes. The Wolves finished first in the Midwest Division and lost to San Antonio in overtime of the decisive fifth game in their first round series with the Rampage. Rodin did not see any action in the playoff series after suffering a late season injury.

2012-13: Rodin played 49 games with Vancouver's AHL affiliate in Chicago in his second season with the Wolves, missing time with a shoulder injury. He scored 4 goals with 10 assists and was -11 with 22 penalty minutes. The Wolves were fourth in the Midwest Division and missed the AHL playoffs. Rodin signed a contract with Brynas in May 2013 and will play in Sweden's SHL in 2013-14.

Talent Analysis

Rödin's offensive game stands out thanks to his superb skating, his shot, hockey sense and puck handling. Usually scores quite spectacular goals and does not shy away from playing physical. Could use some more strength though.He has the offensive arsenal to be a productive player in the future, but has also the fundamental skills to be used as a role- and checkling line player.

 

Future

With his current contract expiring, it appears as if the former second-round pick will be returning to Sweden to play once again for Brynas of the Swedish Hockey League.

 

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