Lukas Vejdemo

Hometown:

Stockholm Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1996-01-25

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

3rd round (87th overall), 2015

Weight:

194 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Lukas Vejdemo played for the SDE Hockey U18 team in Sweden and skated for the bronze medal-winning Stockholm 1 squad in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. He scored 9 goals with 10 assists and was +6 with 8 penalty minutes in 32 regular season games for SDE and was -1 with no points nor penalties in two playoff games. Vejdemo scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was +2 in eight games at the TV-Pucken tournament.

2012-13: Vejdemo transferred from SDE to Djurgarden — appearing in six SuperElit league games with the club’s U20 team and playing for the Djurgarden U18 team. He had an even plus/minus with no points nor penalty minutes in five regular season games and one playoff contest for the Djurgarden U20 squad. Vejdemo scored 12 goals with 30 assists and was +31 with 10 penalty minutes in 39 regular season games for the Djurgarden U18 team. In nine playoff games he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Vejdemo appeared in four games with the Djurgarden U20 team, three regular season contests and one playoff game, and skated for the Djurgarden U18 team, missing much of the season due to injury. He scored 1 goal and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in SuperElit play. Vejdemo played 20 regular season games for the Djurgarden U18 team, scoring 11 goals with 20 assists and finishing +19 with 34 penalty minutes. In four U18 playoff games he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -1 with 4 penalty minutes.

2014-15: Vejdemo made his debut in Sweden’s SHL, skating in three games for the Djurgarden men’s team, and was one of the top forwards for the club’s U20 team. He was named MVP of the SuperElit playoffs as Djurgarden captured the league championship. He had no points nor penalties and was an even plus/minus, averaging 6:29 minutes of ice time in SHL play. An assistant captain for the U20 team, he scored 23 goals with 25 assists and was +28 with 51 penalty minutes in 34 regular season games. Vejdemo scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was +4 with 4 penalty minutes in seven SuperElit playoff games. In his second year of draft eligibility, Vejdemo was ranked 36th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Montreal in the third round (87th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16: Vejdemo played for Djurgarden in the SHL as a 19-year-old, skating in 52 regular season contests and eight playoff games. He scored 5 goals with 12 assists and was +10 with 12 penalty minutes, averaging 12:27 minutes of ice time during the regular season. Djurgarden finished seventh, defeating Brynas in a preliminary series before falling to Frolunda in the quarterfinals. Vejdemo scored 1 goal and was -3 in eight playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Vejdemo is a solid two-way center, but the offensive side to his game is questionable. He possesses good top speed and a nice pivot, but is in no way a flawless skater. He has a good wrist shot and a heavy slap shot, but lacks the offensive awareness of a natural goal-scorer. Vejdemo is exceptional on the defensive side of the game, great with his stick and intelligent, covering for his teammates and remaining disciplined at all times. He is a leader on the ice, and his aggressive work ethic and effort make him stand out.

Future

Vejdemo saw regular time in Sweden's SHL in 2015-16 in his first season at the men's level. Under contract with Djugarden through 2016-17, he has yet to sign an entry-level contract with Montreal, which holds his NHL rights until 2019. With the prototypical frame of a power forward and the ability to play either center or wing, he projects as an effective second or third line player. 

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