Axel Blomqvist
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Axel Blomqvist


Osby Sweden

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Free agent signing, 2013


212 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D


2009-10: Axel Blomqvist skated for the second division club Osby IK in southern Sweden — appearing in eight games (including three qualification playoff games) with the club’s men’s team and playing 18 games with the club’s U20 team as a 15-year-old. He had 2 assists with no penalty minutes playing for the Osby IK men’s team. Blomqvist scored 15 goals with 12 assists and 2 penalty minutes in 18 games for the Osby IK U20 team. 

2010-11: Blomqvist played 20 regular season games and six qualification playoff contests with the Osby IK men’s team and played for Skane in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. Blomqvist scored 1 goal with 5 assists and 2 penalty minutes during the regular season. Playing in Division 2 South B, Osby IK finished 11th in the regular season but was saved from relegation. Blomqvist scored 1 goal with 1 assist and no penalties in the relegation playoffs. He scored 3 goals with 7 assists in eight games during the TV-Pucken tournament.  

2011-12: Blomqvist went from Osby IK to top division club Rogle BK in Angelholm — playing four games with the Rogle U20 team in the Sweden SuperElit league and skating for the club’s gold medal U18 team. He scored 1 goal and was an even plus/minus with no penalties in SuperElit play. Blomqvist scored 27 goals with 19 assists and was plus-18 with 67 penalty minutes in 38 regular season games for the Rogle U18 team. Rogle BK finished fourth in the South Division but won playoff series against Malmo and Linkopings to reach the semifinals; defeating Frolunda 4-3 before winning the gold medal game over Skelleftea, 4-3. Blomqvist scored 1 goal with 2 assists in seven playoff games and was minus-1 with 16 penalty minutes. He was selected by Lethbridge in the first round (17th overall) of the 2012 CHL Import Draft. 

2012-13: Blomqvist was named an assistant captain and skated in 59 games for the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes in his first season in North America — suffering a season-ending lower body injury in February. He scored 7 goals with 26 assists and was minus-3 with 66 penalty minutes. Four of his seven goals were scored on the power play. Lethbridge missed the playoffs; finishing last in the Central Division. Blomqvist was ranked 163rd amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings but was not selected in the 2013 NHL Draft. 

2013-14: Blomqvist was invited to the Winnipeg Jets’ training camp as a free agent — signing a three-year entry-level contract in September — before returning to Lethbridge for his second WHL season. He played 19 games with the Hurricanes and scored 8 goals with 5 assists, finishing minus-10 with 10 penalty minutes. Obtained by Victoria from Lethbridge in November in exchange for two 2014 bantam draft picks, he finished the year with the Royals. In 46 regular season games he scored 16 goals with 27 assists and was plus-24 with 14 penalty minutes. Victoria finished second in the B.C. Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Blomqvist had 1 assist with an even plus/minus and 6 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Blomqvist is one of the tallest players in junior hockey and is just beginning to reach his potential as a prospect as he gains strength and mobility. He has begun to put up points in junior hockey and is effective at using his frame to advantage. He will be challenged at the next level to keep up with the play but has the requisite size to play a two-way game. Showed a scoring element to his game after being traded from Lethbridge to Victoria in 2013-14.


Blomqvist attended his second NHL camp with Winnipeg before returning to Victoria for his third WHL season in 2014-15. His offensive production with the Royals over the second half of last season suggests the Jets' may have spotted a prototypical "late bloomer". This season should give a clearer indication of his long-term potential.

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