Lucas Wallmark
Image: Lulea

Lucas Wallmark

Hometown:

Umea Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1995-09-05

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

4th round (97th overall), 2014

Weight:

175 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Lucas Wallmark moved from Bjorkloven to Skelleftea — skating for the club’s U18 team — appeared in three games with Sweden’s U17 team, and played in his second TV-Pucken tournament for Sweden’s high school players. He scored 18 goals with 49 assists and had 18 penalty minutes in 36 games for Skelleftea. Wallmark had one assist with Sweden’s U17 team. He was a team captain for bronze medal-winning Vasterbotten, scoring 5 goals with 11 assists and 12 penalty minutes in eight TV-Pucken games.

2011-12: Wallmark skated for Skelleftea’s U20 team as a a 16-year-old and represented Sweden at the U18 and U17 levels. He had 1 assist and was -1 in five games for Sweden at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before returning to Skelleftea. In 40 games (including three playoff contests) he scored 12 goals with 28 assists and was +16 with 18 penalty minutes. He played eight games for Sweden’s U18 team, with 4 assists and 6 penalty minutes, and was +2 with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes in six games for the Sweden U17 team.

2012-13: Wallmark dressed for two Elitserien games with Skelleftea as a 17-year-old and split the year between the club’s U20 team and Karlskrona’s men’s team in Allsvenskan. He played in his second Ivan Hlinka Tournament and and at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Sochi with Sweden’s U18 team. Wallmark had no points nor penalty minutes in Elitserien play. He scored 5 goals with 10 assists and was -4 with 6 penalty minutes in 23 Allsvenskan games (including seven playoff contests). He was an assistant captain and was +5 with 18 penalty minutes, scoring 5 goals with 11 assists, in 16 SuperElit games for Skelleftea’s U20 team. He scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was +4 with 2 penalty minutes in five games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and scored 2 goals with 3 assists and 2 penalty minutes in five games at the WJC. Wallmark was ranked 16th amongst International skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft but was not selected.

2013-14: Wallmark skated for Lulea in the re-christened SHL after signing a two-year contract with the club in May 2013. He spent time with Asploven in Allsvenskan and played for Sweden’s silver medal U20 squad at the 2014 World Junior Championship. Wallmark scored 3 goals with 7 assists and was minus-4 with 2 penalty minutes in 42 games for Lulea, including one SHL playoff contest. He scored 1 goal with 7 assists and was plus-4 with 6 penalty minutes in 11 games with Asploven. He scored 3 goals with 5 assists in seven games at the WJC and was plus-5 with 2 penalty minutes. Sweden lost to Finland, 3-2 in overtime in the gold medal game. Wallmark was ranked 20th amongst European skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Carolina in the fourth round (97th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Wallmark has very good hockey sense and in-game, on-ice intelligence. He’s a creative player who can be a real strength on the power play, where he likes to quarterback things from the right faceoff circle. Wallmark is a hard worker who doesn’t give up on pucks easy. Although often giving a plodding impression, he does move his feet and hangs around. Strong at using his body to protect the puck he has good vision and can be both a goal-scorer and playmaker. He'll likely always be more of a set-up man and has an aptitude for the two-way game. Wallmark is also strong on face-offs. His skating is an issue and could prevent him from becoming an impact player at the next level. He’s still a bit on the small side and this has been noticeable at the pro level. Wallmark's mental fortitude has come into question at times.

Future

Wallmark attended the Hurricanes' development camp and was in Lake Placid with the Sweden U20 team before returning to Lulea for his second season in the SHL in 2014-15. He is expected to skate in his second World Juniors tournament after winning a silver medal with Sweden last year. One of two teenagers along with Bruins' prospect Peter Cehlarik currently skating for Lulea, Wallmark is in the final year of his original contract with the Swedish club and could play in North America as soon as next season. It is likely he will need at least some development time in the AHL before making the jump to the NHL level but Wallmark's skill set suggests he can be an effective two-way forward with some offensive capabilities a the NHL level one day.

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