John Dahlstrom

Hometown:

Kungsbacka Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1997-01-22

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

7th round (211th overall), 2015

Weight:

187 lbs.

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History

2012-13: John Dahlstrom appeared in three games for the Frolunda U18 team and was the top goal scorer in the South Division of the Sweden U16 league. He played for Goteborg in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. Dahlstrom had 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with no penalty minutes in U18 play. He scored 39 goals in 31 games and had 23 assists for the Frolunda U16 team. Dahlstrom had 8 goal with 3 assists and was +10 in eight TV-Pucken games. 

2013-14: Dahlstrom played for the Frolunda U18 team as a 16-year-old and played for the Sweden U17 team in the 2014 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 16 goals with 24 assists and was +31 with 8 penalty minutes in 49 regular season games for Frolunda. The top team in the South Division, Frolunda reached the playoff semifinals, falling 5-3 to MODO. Frolunda defeated Djurgardens, 4-2, in the bronze medal game. Dahlstrom had 3 assists and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in five playoff games. In four games for Sweden at the WHC he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and 2 penalty minutes. Sweden finished sixth, falling 6-3 to Canada Ontario in the fifth-place game. 

2014-15: Dahlstrom made his SHL debut in January — skating in two games for the Frolunda Indians — and split the year between the club’s U20 and U18 teams. He skated for the Sweden U18 team in the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August and at the 2015 World Junior Championship. He had no points nor penalties, averaging 4 minutes of ice time, in his brief stint with the SHL club. Dahlstrom scored 20 goals with 15 assists in 28 SuperElit league games and was +11 with 2 penalty minutes for the Frolunda U20 team. He scored 5 goals and was -6 with no penalties in eight playoff games as Frolunda earned a silver medal after a 3-1 loss to Djurgardens in the SuperElit final. Dahlstrom scored 11 goals with 4 assists and was +12 with 6 penalty minutes in 11 games for the Frolunda U18 team, including two playoff games. He had two assists in five games skating for Sweden at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament. Dahlstrom was +1 with 1 assist and no penalties in five games at the WJC. Sweden finished eighth, falling 5-3 to Canada in the quarterfinals. Not listed among the 120 international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings, Dahlstrom was the final player selected in the 2015 NHL Draft, chosen by Chicago in the seventh round (211th overall).

Talent Analysis

Dahlstrom is a natural scorer with a knack for finding the back of the net. He has a hard and accurate shot with a quick release and identifies offensive opportunities quickly, reacting accordingly. The main concerns with regards to Dahlstrom’s game are his lack of physical play and strength in one-on-one battles. His defensive awareness is inconsistent at times.

Future

Dahlstrom is back in Sweden with Frolunda after attending Chicago's prospect camp over the summer and skating for Sweden's U20 team at the Four Nations Tournament in Russia in September. Dahlstrom has spent time with the Frolunda men's team as an 18-year-old in 2015-16 and is expected to be one of the key players for the Frolunda U20 team in the SuperElit league. The final player taken in the 2015 NHL Draft, he is a work in progress and a long-range project in terms of his NHL potential but his scoring ability and instincts are rare for a player his age.

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