2010-11: Hampus Melen played for the lower division Karlskrona club in southern Sweden and skated for Blekinge in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school age players. In four games with the Karlskrona U20 team he scored 1 goal with 4 assists in Division 2 play. He played six Division 1 games with Karlskrona’s U18 team, scoring 3 goals with 8 assists and 4 penalty minutes. In eight games in the TV-Pucken tournament he scored 3 goals with 7 assists and had 2 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Melen moved from Karlskrona to top division Tingsryds. In 26 games for the Tingsryds U18 team he scored 9 goals with 22 assists and was +7 with 16 assists. Tingsryds missed the playoffs after finishing eighth out of twelve teams in South Division play.
2012-13: Melen skated in five games for Tingsryds U20 team, spending the bulk of his second season with the club’s U18 squad. He was -3 with no points and 2 penalty minutes for the U20 team. Melen had 40 points in 24 games for the U18 team, scoring 18 goals with 22 assists, and was +1 with 59 penalty minutes. Tingsryds missed the playoffs – finishing tenth in the South Division. Not among the 130 European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft, Melen was selected by Detroit in the seventh round (199th overall).
2013-14: Melen missed most of the season due to injury — skating in just 11 games for the Tingsryd U20 team in Sweden. He had 5 assists and was -6 with 14 penalty minutes. Timra finished ninth in the 10-team North Division.
2014-15: Melen was signed by the Vaxjo Lakers — skating in 13 games with the club’s U20 SuperElit league team — playing much of the season with the Karlskrona U20 team in the lower Division 1 league. Melen scored 1 goal with 8 assists and was -2 with 6 penalty minutes playing for the Lakers. He scored 13 goals with 14 assists and 41 penalty minutes in 15 regular season games for Karlskrona. Melen scored 2 goals in two games of qualification play.
Melen was drafted primarily due to his projectable frame and offensive production at the lower levels of Sweden junior hockey. Melen missed most of the 2013-14 season due to health issues but is considered an offensively gifted forward who is both a scorer and a playmaker. He still needs to grow into his frame and prove that his skill will translate to more competitive leagues.
Melen returned to junior hockey in Sweden after missing almost the entirety of the 2013-14 season to a respiratory ailment. He split the 2014-15 season between the SuperElit league and the second tier Division 1, making his ceiling difficult to project. Drafted in 2013, he must be signed by Detroit by June 2015 or would re-enter the 2015 NHL Draft.