Malte Stromwall

Hometown:

Lulea Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1994-08-24

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2016

Weight:

165 lbs. lbs.

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History

2010-11: Malte Stromwall played for the Linkoping U18 team in Sweden as a 16-year-old. He scored 17 goals with 13 assists and was +21 with 18 penalty minutes in 39 regular season games. Stromwall scored 2 goals and was -3 with no penalties in five playoff games. He was selected by the Tri-City Americans in the second round (66th overall) in the 2011 CHL Import Draft.

2011-12: Stromwall skated for Sweden’s U18 team at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before joining the Tri-City Americans for his first WHL season. He scored 11 goals with 16 assists and had an even plus/minus with 33 penalty minutes in 64 regular season games for Tri-City. The Americans finished first in the U.S. Division, falling to Portland in the Western Conference finals. Stromwall scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was -1 with 6 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games. He scored 2 goals and had an even plus/minus with no points nor penalties in five games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. Stromwall was ranked 162nd amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings but was not selected in the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Stromwall was the Tri-City Americans’ second-leading scorer behind overage forward Justin Feser in his second WHL season. He scored 21 goals with 45 assists and was +9 with 36 penalty minutes in 66 regular season games. The Americans finished third in the U.S. Division, falling to Spokane in a first-round playoff series. Stromwall scored 1 goal with 4 assists in five playoff games and had an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Stromwall returned to Sweden to play for the Vaxjo Lakers, appearing in 46 games in his first SHL season. He also played two Allsvenskan games with Troja-Ljunby and three games with the Vaxjo U20 team. Stromwall scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was -1 with 6 penalty minutes, averaging 6:39 minutes of ice time in 40 regular season games with Vaxjo. The Lakers finished third and defeated Lulea in a quarterfinal series before falling to Farjestad in the semifinals. Stromwall scored 1 goal and was +1 with no penalties, averaging 5:28 minutes of ice time in six playoff games. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists in two games with Troja-Ljungby and scored 2 goals in three games with the Lakers U20 team.

2014-15: Stromwall played for three different SHL teams in his second pro season — beginning the year with Vaxjo before spending 14 games with Lulea and finishing the season with HV71. In 21 games with the Lakers he had 2 goals and was +1 with 41 penalty minutes. Stromwall scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes with Lulea. Making his debut with HV71 in a game against Frolunda on February 9th, he failed to register a point in his first six games with the club before scoring goals in three of the next four contests. He scored 3 goals with 4 penalty minutes and was -1 in 12 regular season games, averaging 12:25 minutes of ice time with HV71. After finishing fifth in the regular season HV71 fell to Linkopings in a quarterfinal series. Stromwall had 1 assist, averaging six minutes of ice time in the six-game series.

2015-16: Stromwall was the leading scorer for Allsvenksan club AIK in his third pro season. In 49 regular season games he scored 25 goals with 17 assists and was +2 with 26 penalty minutes. AIK finished first in Allsvenskan before falling to Karskrona in a qualifying series for elevation to the SHL. Stromwall scored 1 goal and was -5 with 2 penalty minutes in the five-game series. He signed a two-year entry-level contract with the New York Rangers as an undrafted free agent in April 2016.

Talent Analysis

Stromwall was a teammate of New York Rangers' 2015 third round pick Robin Kovacs in 2015-16, leading Allsvenskan champion AIK in scoring and attracting the attention of Rangers' scouts. A light, shifty player, Stromwall's package of offensive skills are significant but he will need added bulk to compete in North America.

Future

Stromwall took a step back in 2015-16, skating for AIK after playing two seasons in Sweden's SHL. The decision paid dividends when he led AIK in scoring and was signed to a two-year entry-level contract by the Rangers. AIK's second-leading scorer, Robin Kovacs, is also a Rangers' prospect. Stromwall is expected to play for the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack in 2016-17. He projects as a scoring forward but he will likely need time to adapt to the harder, faster game at the AHL and NHL levels.

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