Ludwig Bystrom
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Ludwig Bystrom

Hometown:

Ornskoldsvik Sweden

Team:

Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-07-20

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

2nd round (43rd overall), 2012

Weight:

187 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Ludvig Bystrom played for the MoDo U18 and U16 teams and competed for Angermanland in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school-age players. In ten games with MoDo’s U18 team he was plus-five with no points or penalties. He had an assist and was -4 in five playoff games. In 14 Elit U18 games he had 4 goals with 6 penalty minutes. He had 1 assist in 3 games for MoDo U16 and in eight games in the TV-Pucken tournament he had 3 assists with 10 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Bystrom dressed in one game for Modo in Elitserien – spending most of the season with the club’s U20 and U18 squads. Playing with his older brother Anton, a forward who was the third-leading scorer for the MoDo U20 team, he scored 1 goal with 10 assists and was plus-one with 28 penalty minutes. In six playoff games he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was plus-one with 6 penalty minutes. In nine U18 games he scored 1 goal with 5 assists.

2011-12: Bystrom played 20 Elitserien games with MoDo and represented Sweden at the World Junior A Challenge and the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship. Averaging six minutes of ice time during his time with MODO, Bystrom had 1 assist and was +2 with 8 penalty minutes for the eighth-place club. He was scoreless in one playoff game. In 34 games for MoDo U20 he scored 7 goals with 22 assists and was plus-two with 101 penalty minutes. He had 1 goal with 3 assists and was -5 in eight playoff games. In four games at the World Junior A Challenge he had 1 assist. He played in six games for Sweden at the U18 WJC and was -1 with 1 assist as the team won a silver medal. Bystrom was ranked eighth amongst European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Bystrom signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Dallas in July 2012 before returning to Sweden during the NHL lockout to play for MODO in the SHL. He also played in nine games with Orebro in the Sweden second league. Bystrom played for Sweden’s U19 and U20 teams though he was not selected to play in the World Junior Championship. In limited ice time with seventh-place MODO he scored 3 goals with 3 assists in 30 games and was+7 with 2 penalty minutes. MODO lost to Farjestads in a first round playoff series but Bystrom did not see any action. In nine games with Orebro he was +2 with no points and 2 penalty minutes. In international play he scored 1 goal in four games with the Sweden’s U19 team and had 2 assists in eight games for the U20 team.

2013-14: Bystrom skated in Sweden on loan to Farjestads from Dallas in his second pro season. He scored 3 goals with 8 assists and was +10 with 24 penalty minutes in 51 regular season games; averaging 15:21 minutes of ice time per game. Farjestads, after finishing fifth in the regular season, reached the SHL Finals against first-place Skelleftea. Bystrom was -2 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. He skated for Farjestads’ silver medal-winning U20 team in the playoffs and was +8 with 1 goal, 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes in four games. 

2014-15: Bystrom made his North American professional hockey debut in March — joining Dallas AHL affiliate Texas following his SHL season with Farjestad. He had 3 assists and was +3 with 4 penalty minutes in12 games with Texas. Bystrom scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +4 with 18 penalty minutes, averaging 16 minutes of ice time, in 38 games for Farjestad in the regular season. He had no points with 4 penalty minutes and an even plus/minus in three play-in games. Bystrom played five games with Timra in Allsvenskan, recording 1 assist and finishing +3 with 6 penalty minutes.

Talent Analysis

Bystrom is a smooth skater with very good agility and recovery ability, He has good offensive tools and is a quality puck-mover in the transition game and on the power play.  He carries the puck and joins the rush with confidence.  Bystrom is still learning the defensive side of things and is susceptible to chasing the puck around and getting lost.  He can make and take some physical hits but physically he’s a work in progress as he lacks pro strength.

Future

Bystrom is in his first full season with the Texas Stars in 2015-16. Signed by the previous regime in Dallas in 2012, the former second round pick is skating in a lower pairing role for Texas. With several highly-regarded prospects in the Stars' system Bystrom is not likely to crack the Dallas lineup. His play with Texas suggests there is some potential for him as a lower pairing defender on a club that is in need of defensemen.

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