Axel Holmstrom

Hometown:

Arvidsjaur Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1996-06-29

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

7th round (196th overall), 2014

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History
Talent Analysis
Holmstrom possesses the ability to play with pace and energy befitting his projection as an eventual third line center in the NHL. He also has good offensive upside, having posted impressive statistics in Sweden's J-20 SuperElit. If he wishes to take a step forward he must work on his skating, which at the moment is slow.
Future
The 2014-15 season will see Holmstrom return to Skelleftea J-20 of the SuperElit, with the possibility of moving up to Skelleftea's SHL team.

On the Rush, February 2015

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Photo: Dylan Sadowy was taken in the third round (81st overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks (CHL Images)

Photo: Dylan Sadowy was taken in the third round (81st overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks (Courtesy of CHL Images)

 

Welcome to the February edition of On the Rush. It is getting down to crunch time, and soon the playoffs will commence for the players who have managed to advance. In hockey, momentum can be as much of a deciding factor in the postseason as seed order. This month, Hockey’s Future will have a league-by-league look at who is hot, and who is not—as we head into every hockey fan’s favorite time of the year. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Former teammates, future teammates, and best friends go head-to-head plus more

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Photo: Two Vancouver Canucks prospects – Jordan Subban of the Belleville Bulls and Cole Cassels of the Oshawa Generals – will go head-to-head this weekend in OHL action (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

Two childhood friends continue their friendly rivalry on the big stage, and in the WHL an accomplished defenseman goes one-on-one against one of the league’s best rookies. In the OHL, it’s a meeting of two Vancouver Canucks prospects, while former Russian teammates collide in an important QMJHL matchup. Finally, two prospects at opposite ends of the same draft see each other again in the SHL. Read more»

Detroit Red Wings continue to develop players patiently

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Photo: Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek filled in well with Jimmy Howard injured. (courtesy of Juan Salas/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek filled in well with Jimmy Howard injured. (courtesy of Juan Salas/Icon Sportswire)

 

Though the 2014-15 Detroit Red Wings roster is the youngest on average in some time, it is a team that has received little contribution from first-year players. Instead, increased roles have been given to players like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan. Relative health has also limited the amount of games available for young prospects in Grand Rapids, but a few have made notable contributions.

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SHL Prospects Notebook, January, 2015: Skelleftea, MODO at opposite ends of the spectrum

by Chapin Landvogt
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Photo: Skelleftea AIK defenseman and Anaheim Ducks prospect Tim Heed is currently second in scoring among SHL defensemen with 28 points in 42 games (courtesy of Lulea Hockey/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

 

The 2014-15 SHL season has made it through the holiday season and is heading down the final stretch, as roughly 75 percent of the games have been played to date. This is the time of the year when many clubs exchange a few parts, bring up juniors to fill in for injuries, and in some cases, watch as their young men represent Sweden at the WJC. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast, Group B: Observations from Monday’s Sweden-Russia showdown

by Ken McKenna
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Anton Blidh - Team Sweden

Photo: Frolunda forward and Boston Bruins prospect Anton Blidh was an impressive performer for Sweden in their showdown with Russia on Monday night (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

While Group A at the 2015 World Junior Championship features arguably the top two teams in this year’s tournament, Group B also features two teams that in recent years have been among the WJC’s best. Those two countries, Sweden and Russia, squared off on Monday night with Sweden coming away with the 3-2 win in that showdown. Read more»

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