John Nyberg

Hometown:

Sweden

Team:

Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1996-07-14

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

6th round (165th overall), 2014

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2011-12: John Nyberg skated for the Frolunda U18 and U16 teams in Sweden and played for Goteborg in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. He had no points and was minus-4 with no penalties in 12 games for the Frolunda U18 team. Nyberg scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +11 with 6 penalty minutes in eight games for the Frolunda U16 squad. In eight games during the TV-Pucken tournament he was +4 and had 2 assists.

 

2012-13: Nyberg spent the season with the Frolunda U18 team. He scored 4 goals with 10 assists and was +16 with 36 penalty minutes in 40 regular season games as Frolunda finished third in the South Division. Nyberg was minus-1 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in three playoff games.

 

2013-14: Nyberg played 19 SuperElit league games with the Frolunda U20 team and was the top scorer amongst defensemen in the U18 Elit League South Division. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +8 skating for the Frolunda U20 team. In 33 regular season games for the Frolunda U18 team Nyberg scored 11 goals with 27 assists and was +27 with 32 penalty minutes. Frolunda captured the U18 bronze medal and in five playoff games Nyberg was minus-3 with 2 goals and 12 penalty minutes. Not among the 140 international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings he was selected by Dallas in the sixth round (165th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

Nyberg is a rangy, offensive-minded defenseman who can quarterback a power play effectively. He is still fairly raw in terms of defending and positional play but has a big shot and likes to be involved in the attack. His height suggests he will have the prototypical size to be an effective defender once he adds some bulk and strength.

Future

Nyberg is back in Sweden for the 2014-15 season — getting a taste of pro hockey with the Frolunda men's team as an 18-year-old while also skating for Oskarshamn in AllSvenskan and playing for the Frolunda U20 team. Nyberg made his SHL debut in five early season games with Frolunda and also played in three Champions League contests as of mid-December. He is an assistant captain for the Frolunda U20 team and one of the club's leading scorers. Long-term he projects to being an effective, offensively-inclined defenseman at the NHL level. His game is still fairly unpolished and he must continue to develop in all areas — as well as adding some mass and strength — to reach that level.

Dallas Stars go heavy on European prospects

by Mike Farkas
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Aleksi Makela - Dallas Stars

Photo: Dallas Stars seventh-rounder Aleksi Makela is a trustworthy net-front presence and one of several Finnish prospects in the system. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

With former GM Joe Nieuwendyk out and former Red Wings GM Jim Nill in, the Dallas Stars seem to be even more European-friendly than usual these days. A number of young European professionals in their ranks covered the entire success/disappointment spectrum over the course of the 2014-15 season. The NCAA ranks have largely thinned out due to graduation. Devin Shore and Michael Prapavessis, the only two remaining at the collegiate level, both had very strong finishes to their respective seasons and Shore has turned professional. Overall, the Stars’ European defense pipeline continues to be very sturdy.
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