Lennart Petrell may be most famous for knocking out Michal Barinka in the World Junior Championships in what was considered a questionable hit.
Petrell was not a junior national team regular until 2003-04 when his offensive game flourished with the HIFK juniors.
Petrell was chosen by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the sixth round, 190th overall, of the 2004 NHL Draft.
Lennart's physical, in-your-face play will earn him a reputation much like fellow fin Ville Niemenen. His physical play isn't his only upside, however, as his offensive ceiling is much higher.
Petrell has all the tools to become a very solid player, including delicate hands and a soft touch. Whether or not Petrell will be able to continue to develop his offensive skills will remain to be seen, but developing his defensive game is a must. Petrell has been known to be reckless in his defensive end, often taking the high risk route, as opposed to making the simple play. Not only is this a result of his inadequate defensive game, but his lack of hockey sense as well.
Both offensively and defensively, Petrell has questionable hockey sense.
Making the simple play is something that he struggles with, and something that he'll have to overcome in order to make a significant impact at any level hockey. Certainly given his physical stature and nasty attitude, though, he'll receive a lot of interest from teams in the league that will be forced to take notice of Petrell.