Kevin Elgestal

Hometown:

Gothenburg Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1996-05-29

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

7th round (194th overall), 2014

Weight:

172 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2011-12: Kevin Elgestal skated for the Frolunda club in Sweden and played for Goteborg in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. In 28 games for the Frolunda U18 team he scored 7 goals with 3 assists and was minus-4 with 4 penalty minutes. Elgestal scored 4 goals with 4 assists and was +9 with 10 penalty minutes in eight games for the Frolunda U16 team. In eight TV-Pucken games he scored 6 goals and was +1 with 10 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Elgestal played five games with the Frolunda U20 team — spending most of the season with the club’s U18 squad — and played for the Sweden U17 team internationally. He scored 1 goal with 2 penalty minutes and was +5 in SuperElit play. Elgestal scored 19 goals with 20 assists and was +24 with 56 penalty minutes in 35 regular season games for the Frolunda U18 team and was +1 with no points and 14 penalty minutes in three playoff games. In seven games for the Sweden U17 team he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Elgestal made his debut in the SHL in December — recording an assist in his first game and skating in two games for the Frolunda men’s team —  and was one of the top forwards for the club’s U20 team. He skated for the Frolunda U18 team during its bronze medal playoff run and played for the Sweden U18 national team in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and at the 2014 World Juniors. He scored 13 goals with 22 assists and was +23 with 34 penalty minutes in 44 SuperElit regular season games and was minus-2 with 1 goal and 2 penalty minutes in three playoff games. Elgestal played 10 games, including five playoff contests, with the Frolunda U18 team and scored 6 goals with 6 assists and was +2 with 14 penalty minutes. In eleven games for the Sweden U18 team he scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was +3 with 29 penalty minutes. Ranked 51st amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings he was selected by Washington in the seventh round (194th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Elgestal is primarily a pass-first player as opposed to a pure scorer. He has a tendency to play on the edges of that game at times and will have to get more engaged and meaner if he wants to have an NHL future. Elgestal has decent size for his age and could be an effective power forward if he uses his body to his advantage. He is not a flashy player but plays a sound positional game on both ends of the ice that suggests a positive upside.

Future

Elgestal attended rookie camp with the Capitals' prospects before returning to Sweden for the 2014-15 season. He appeared in one Champions League game with the Frolunda men's team and has spent most of the season with the Frolunda U20 team. As with many seventh round picks, Elgestal remains a long-term project at this point. His size and skating ability suggest he can have some value as a power forward one day but his game is far from complete at this point.

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