Filip Ahl

Hometown:

Jonkoping Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1997-06-12

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

4th round (109th overall), 2015

Weight:

212 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Filip Ahl skated for the HV71 club in Sweden, appearing in six games with the club’s U18 team and playing for the U16 squad. He was +1 with 1 assist in his brief time with the U18 team. 

2012-13: Ahl made his junior hockey debut, scoring a goal and finishing +3 in his only SuperElit game with HV71. He was one of the top scorers for the HV71 U18 team and played for the Sweden U16 team. Ahl scored 10 goals with 16 assists and was -9 with 45 penalty minutes in 33 games for the HV 71 U18 team. In eleven international games for the Sweden U16 team he scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -6 with 2 penalty minutes. He played for Smaland 1/Rod in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players, scoring 6 goals with 4 assists in eight games. 

2013-14: Ahl appeared in one regular season game and two playoff contests for the HV71 men’s team as a 16-year-old and played for the Sweden U17 team in the 2014 World Hockey Challenge. He had no points and was -1 in his first SHL game. HV71 finished 10th in the regular season, defeating Leksands in a play-in series before falling to Skelleftea. Ahl had no points with 4 shots on goal in two games against Skelleftea. Ahl played 29 games, including five playoff games, for the HV71 U20 team. He scored 12 goals with 11 assists and was +17 with 12 penalty minutes. HV71 was third in the regular season before capturing the playoff championship. Ahl scored 2 goals with 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes in five games for sixth-place Sweden at the WHC. 

2014-15: Ahl skated in 15 SHL games for the HV71 men’s team and was the top goal scorer for the HV71 U20 team in Super Elit play. He played for the Sweden U18 team in the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and 2015 World Junior Championship tournaments. Ahl had 2 assists and was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, averaging 5:22 minutes of ice time in SHL play. He scored 20 goals with 22 assists and was +5 with 53 penalty minutes in 34 SuperElite regular season games and was +3 with 5 goals and 4 assists in four playoff games with the HV71 U20 team. Ahl had 2 assists with 27 penalty minutes in five games for Sweden at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and was -6 with 3 assists and 37 penalty minutes in five games at the WJC. Sweden finished eighth, falling 5-3, to Canada in the quarterfinals. Ahl was ranked ninth amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was invited to the NHL prospects combine in June. He was selected by Ottawa in the fourth round (109th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Yet another big-bodied winger, the Senators continued their recent tendency of favouring big-bodied wingers when they selected Ahl with the 109th overall pick. He is a gifted skater, dominant forechecker, and a deadly shooter.

Future

Ahl had a great season in the Swedish SuperElit U20 league last season, where he scored 20 goals and finished with 42 points in 34 games. Ahl will return to the SuperElit with HV71 this year, but don’t be surprised to see him move up to either the Allsvenskan or the SHL before long.

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