David Westlund
Image: Brynas

David Westlund

Hometown:

Ostersund Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1995-02-05

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

6th round (163rd overall), 2014

Weight:

207 lbs.

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History

2010-11: David Westlund split the season between the Brynas U18 and U16 teams and played for Sweden at the U16 level in international play. He represented Gastrikland in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. Westlund had no points with 4 penalty minutes in eight U18 games. Playing for the bronze medal-winning Brynas U16 team he scored 2 goals with 4 assists and 4 penalty minutes in eight games. Westlund had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in five games for the Sweden U16 team and scored 1 goal with 1 assist and 10 penalty minutes in eight games for Gastrikland.

 

2011-12: Westlund skated for the Brynas U18 team and played six games with the Sweden U17 team. He scored 5 goals with 12 assists and was +11 with 63 penalty minutes in 37 regular season games and was minus-2 with no points and 6 penalty minutes in six playoff games in domestic U18 play. Westlund scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +3 with 38 penalty minutes skating for the Sweden U17 team.

 

2012-13: Westlund represented Sweden in the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before returning to Brynas — splitting the year between the club’s U20 and U18 teams. In 32 SuperElit league games he scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was minus-4 with 59 penalty minutes. He skated in two U20 playoff games and was minus-3 with no points and 4 penalty minutes. In 19 regular season games for the Brynas U18 team he scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was +6 with 63 penalty minutes. Westlund scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +3 with 6 penalty minutes in seven playoff games as Brynas captured the U18 title. He had 1 assist and was minus-1 with 6 penalty minutes in five games for Sweden at the Ivan Hlinka tournament.

 

2013-14: Westlund made his SHL debut as an 18-year-old — skating in 21 regular season contests for the Brynas men’s team — and was a key part of the club’s bronze medal-winning U20 team. He recorded 1 assist with an even plus/minus, averaging 2:24 minutes of ice time, in SHL play and did not appear in any playoff games in Brynas first-round series with Farjestads. Westlund scored 5 goals with 5 assists and was +9 with 61 penalty minutes in 33 games as the Brynas U20 team finished fourth in the SuperElit North Division. He had 2 assists and was +5 with 10 penalty minutes in seven playoff games. Westlund was ranked 68th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings in his second year of draft eligibility and was selected by Arizona in the sixth round (163rd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

 

2014-15: Westlund skated in 53 regular season games and one playoff contest for Brynas in his first full SHL season. He had 2 assists and was -12 with 8 penalty minutes, averaging seven minutes of ice time in the regular season. Brynas finished 10th, earning a playoff spot by defeating Farjestads in a play-in series before being swept by Skelleftea in the quarterfinals. Westlund was -2 with no points nor penalties in 11 minutes of ice time in his only playoff game. 

 

 

Talent Analysis

Westlund has been a reliable, systematic defenseman throughout his junior career and had limited offensive numbers in his first season with Brynas. Using a long reach, solid positioning, and a hint of physical nature, Westlund has rounded into a capable defender.

Future

Westlund attended prospect camp with the Coyotes in the summer before returning to Sweden, where he will skate for first-year SHL club Karlskrona in 2015-16 after coming up through the Brynas junior system. He should have an opportunity to see more ice time in a larger role with his new club and Arizona will have a better idea of his long-term potential. Westlund has yet to sign an entry-level contract and his NHL potential appears to be that of a lower pairing defensive defenseman.

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