Ludwig Blomstrand
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Ludwig Blomstrand

Hometown:

Uppsala Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-03-08

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

4th round (120th overall), 2011

Weight:

198 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Ludwig Blomstrand skated in 26 games for Gimo IF men’s team in Sweden’s Fourth Division as a 15-year-old while skating for the Almtuna U18 team and competing for Uppland in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school age players. Blomstrand scored 17 goals with 10 assists and 18 PMs for Gimo IF. In ten games with Almtuna he had 3 goals and 8 PMs. He played 14 games with Uppland and scored 6 goals with 4 assists and 18 PMs.

2009-10: Blomstrand played for Stockholm’s Djurgarden in his second season at the Elit U18 level. In 35 regular season games he scored 9 goals with 19 assists and 24 PMs. In five playoff games he had two assists.

2010-11: Blomstrand competed for Djurgarden at the U20 and U18 levels and also represented Sweden at the 2011 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 3 goals with 4 assists and 14 PMs in 35 games and had no points in three playoff games in the U20 Super Elit league. In 14 U18 games, including playoffs, he scored 3 goals with 14 assists and had 14 PMs. Blomstrand was an even plus/minus with no points or penalties in six games for Sweden, which won a silver medal at the U18 WJC tournament. Ranked 74th amongst European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Blomstrand was selected by the Canucks in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Blomstrand made his Elitserien debut with Djurgardens as an 18-year-old and was one of the top scorers for Djurgardens’ U20 team. He had one assist and was minus-two, seeing limited ice time in 18 Elitserien games and was minus-one with no points nor penalty minutes in eight games during the Kval relegation series. In 41 games for the club’s U20 team, which finished fifth in the SuperElit league, he scored 16 goals with 15 assists and was plus-11 with 62 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Blomstrand signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Canucks in March 2013 and made his North American pro hockey debut with Vancouver’s AHL affiliate in Chicago. In eight AHL games he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes. The Wolves were fourth in the Midwest Division and missed the AHL playoffs. Blomstrand spent most of the season skating in Sweden’s second division, Allsvenskan with Almtuna and Djurgarden and also played seven games for the Djurgarden junior team. Blomstrand scored 13 goals with 6 assists in 30 games with Almtuna and was scoreless in 14 contests for Djurgarden. He scored 2 goals with 1assist and was -1 with 8 penalty minutes in seven U20 games.

2013-14: Blomstrand skated in seven games for Vancouver AHL affiliate Utica — spending most of his season with the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings. He had no points and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes skating for the Comets. Blomstrand scored 14 goals with 13 assists and was +4 with 14 penalty minutes in 46 regular season games for Kalamazoo. The Wings finished first in the North Division before falling to Greenville in a first round playoff series. Blomstrand skated in five of six playoff games, scoring 1 goal with 1 assist and finishing with a -2 plus/minus.

2014-15: Blomstrand attended training camp with the Canucks before being assigned to the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings to start the 2014-15 season where he remained for the duration of the season. He did score 33 goals in 53 games with the Wings, doubling his output from a year earlier.

Talent Analysis

Blomstrand is blessed with excellent skating ability and is one of the Canucks' fastest prospects. His puck-handling skills are also very good and he has shown a readiness to take the puck to the dangerous areas. Blomstrand's positional game — particularly in his own end — and his play without the puck are two areas of his game that need improvement if he is to move up the pro ranks. His physical strength is sometimes an issue and he has not yet shown the consistency needed in the supplementary areas of his game.

Future
Blomstrand should have a good shot at making the Comets in 2015-16 as the Canucks likely wouldn’t have re-signed him just to play in the ECHL. The Canucks management must see something in this player but at this point it appears that Blomstrand's career ceiling is that of a minor league scorer. If a major breakthrough doesn’t occur this season it is likely Blomstrand may head back to Europe for a more lucrative deal in the future.

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