Elias Lindholm
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Elias Lindholm

Hometown:

Boden Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-12-02

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

1st round (5th overall), 2013

Weight:

192 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2010-11: Elias Lindholm appeared in four games for Brynas U20 team, including two playoff games, and was the second-leading scorer for the club’s U18 team. He had one assist in four games with the U20 team. Lindholm scored 17 goals with 44 assists in 40 regular season games for Brynas U18, trailing only Dallas prospect Emil Molin in points. In four playoff games he scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was plus-three with 29 penalty minutes as Brynas won a bronze medal. Lindholm was selected by SKA St. Petersburg in the fourth round (86th overall) of the KHL Draft.

2011-12: Lindholm made his Swedish Elite League debut one day after his 17th birthday and played in 14 games, including two playoff matches, for Elitserien champion Brynas. He and Molin were once again the key offensive forces for Brynas’ U20 team and Lindholm represented Sweden in the U19 World Junior A Challenge and 2012 U18 World Junior Championship tournaments. He was scoreless and minus-two in limited Elitserien ice time. He scored 14 goals with 35 assists and was plus-24 with 45 penalty minutes in 36 U20 regular season games. Lindholm had 1 goal and 1 assist in two playoff games. Lindholm was scoreless in four games at the WJAC for Sweden and scored 2 goals with 1 assist in four games as Sweden captured a silver medal at the U18 WJC.

2012-13: Skating for Brynas, Lindholm led all junior players in the Elitserien with 30 points, scoring 11 goals with 19 assists, and was plus-1 with 2 penalty minutes. He appeared in all four playoff games in the series with Skelleftea, averaging 18 minutes of ice time, and was minus-5 with no points and 4 penalty minutes. Lindholm skated for Sweden’s silver medal winning team at the U20 World Junior Championship in Ufa; scoring 2 goals with 2 assists and was minus-1 with 4 penalty minutes in six games. Lindholm was ranked third among European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by Carolina in the first round (fifth overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft. 

 2013-14: Lindholm made the Carolina Hurricanes out of training camp as an 18-year-old and appeared in 58 games in his first NHL season. Hampered by a shoulder injury early in the year and then briefly demoted to AHL affiliate Charlotte for six games in November, he also skated for Sweden at the 2014 World Juniors. Lindholm played both wing and center for the Hurricanes, averaging 14:31 minutes of ice time, and scored 9 goals with 12 assists while finishing minus-14 with 4 penalty minutes. Carolina failed to make the playoffs. Lindholm scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-4 with 4 penalty minutes in six AHL games. He scored 2 goals with 7 assists and was minus-1 with 6 penalty minutes in six games at the WJC. Heavily-favored Sweden lost 3-2 in overtime to Finland in the gold medal game.

Talent Analysis

Lindholm is an extremely talented player who is skating in a full-time role for the Hurricanes as a 19-year-old. He possesses incredible hands, stickhandling skills and passing capabilities. Lindholm displays a well above-average ability to read and understand the game. He is strong at side-stepping checks and interpreting where opponents intend to pass or where they plan on skating; taking advantage of this ability to often pick off passes or hold up opposing skaters. He makes wonderful use of the ice and is strong in transition.

Future

Lindholm is in his second season with the Hurricanes in 2014-15 and looks to be a fixture in the Carolina lineup for years to come. After seeing action in 58 games as a rookie, the second-year forward has been a steady part of the Hurricanes' lineup and is one of the young players the organization is looking to build on as they attempt to return to the playoffs and compete in the future.

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