Jens Looke

Hometown:

Gavle Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1997-04-11

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

3rd round (83rd overall), 2015

Weight:

185 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Jens Looke played for the Brynas club in Sweden and skated for Gastrikland in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. He was +1 with no points nor penalties in one game with the Brynas U18 team as a 14-year-old and scored 2 goals with 6 assists in seven games for the club’s U16 squad. Looke scored 5 goals with 6 assists and was +9 with 6 penalty minutes in eight games for Gastrikland in the TV-Pucken tournament.

2012-13: Looke was part of the gold medal-winning Brynas U18 team and won a silver medal playing for Gastrikland in the TV-Pucken tournament. He scored 16 goals with 14 assists and was +21 with 2 penalty minutes in 34 regular season games and scored 2 goals with 6 assists, finishing -1 with 2 penalty minutes in eight U18 playoff games. Looke was an assistant captain for Gastrikland, scoring 3 goals with 1 assist in eight TV-Pucken games and finishing +3 with 6 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Looke appeared in nine games with the Brynas U20 team, including two SuperElit league playoff games, and was one of the top scorers for the club’s U18 squad. He skated for the Sweden U17 team in international competition. Looke scored 2 goals and was +4 with no penalties in seven SuperElit regular season games and was +1 with 1 assist and no penalties in two playoff contests for the bronze medal squad. He scored 15 goals with 25 assists and was +23 with 14 penalty minutes in 32 regular season games for the Brynas U18 team. In five playoff games he scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes. Looke played 12 games with the Sweden U17 team, scoring 3 goals with 4 assists and finishing +7 with 4 penalty minutes. He was selected by Jokerit in the third round (136th overall) in the 2014 KHL Draft.

2014-15: Looke skated for the Brynas men’s team in Sweden’s SHL as a 17-year-old and played for the Sweden U20 and U18 junior teams. He scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was -5 with 2 penalty minutes, averaging 6:42 minutes of ice time, in 43 regular season games for Brynas. Brynas finished 10th, earning a playoff spot by defeating Farjestads in a play-in series before being swept by Skelleftea in the quarterfinals. Looke was -1 with no points nor penalties in seven post-season games. In 20 games with the Brynas U20 team, including two SuperElit playoff games, he scored 11 goals with 9 assists and was +19 with 6 penalty minutes. He also skated for the Brynas U18 team during their championship playoff run. Looke scored 3 goals and was -1 in seven games for the Sweden U20 team at the World Juniors in Canada. He was +2 with 4 assists and 2 penalty minutes in five games for the Sweden U18 team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August. Looke also skated for the U18 team at the 2015 World Juniors, finishing -1 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in four games. Sweden finished eighth, falling to Canada, 5-3, in the quarterfinals. Looke was ranked 10th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Arizona in the third round (83rd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Coming out of nowhere, the mid-sized Looke has just about a full season of SHL play under his belt and made it possible through a sound, hard-working attitude and the intelligence to complete the simplified duties asked of him by his coaches. A heady skater, he prefers to be a perimeter player, where he can make better use of his strong vision and seek out holes in the defense for nifty passes or quick pucks to the net. He gives an impression of being alert and plays aware on the ice, but hasn’t seen a lot in the line of production and went quite some time without scoring this past winter. Looke is a sound, safe player who is doing what he can to maintain a checking line role while making smart decisions with the puck and placing importance on puck protection and sound passes and shots. With a lot of the tools to be effective, namely strong skating, shooting and passing, Looke needs to show more authority and trust in his instincts and the ability to be more than a perimeter player moving forward..

Future
Looke split time with the junior and senior team in Brynas in 2014-15, but will likely spend the entire season in the SHL next year. Looke has the ability to play in the top six, but he will need to improve his consistency before he will be given that opportunity.

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