Oskar Sundqvist
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Oskar Sundqvist

Hometown:

Boden Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-03-23

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

3rd round (81st overall), 2012

Weight:

209 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Oskar Sundqvist played for the Division 1 U18 team in his hometown of Boden, Sweden and played for Norbotten in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school age players. In seven TV-Pucken games he scored 3 goals with 4 assists and had 8 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Sundqvist moved up to the Skelleftea club in Sweden’s top league – appearing in one game with the U20 team and providing offense for the club’s U18 squad. He was minus-one with no points or penalty minutes in his only game with Skelleftea U20. In 38 games with the Skelleftea U18 team he scored 19 goals with 16 assists and was plus-seven with 100 penalty minutes. Skelleftea U18 reached the playoff quarterfinals after finishing fifth in Allsvenskan North and in eight playoff games Sundqvist scored 1 goal and had 29 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Sundqvist scored his first goal in U20 SuperElit play and was plus-one in two games with Skelleftea. He was the second-leading scorer for the club’s U18 team; scoring 21 goals with 32 assists. Sundqvist was plus-37 in 39 regular season games as Skelleftea finished third in Allsvenskan North and his 129 penalty minutes were second-most on the team. Skelleftea reached the U18 finals and in seven playoff games Sundqvist scored 5 goals with 5 assists and was plus-seven with 14 penalty minutes. Not among the 120 European skaters identified as prospects in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft, he was selected by Pittsburgh in the third round (81st overall).

2012-13: Sundqvist skated in 14 games in Sweden’s Elitserien as an 18-year-old and was one of the top scorer’s for Skelleftea’s U20 team. He scored his first professional goal, and only point to date, in Skelleftea’s 2-0 win over Frolunda on January 5th. He was +2 with 8 penalty minutes and averaged seven minutes of ice time in Elitserien play. Sundqvist scored 17 goals with 16 assists and was +13 with 48 penalty minutes in 38 games for Skelleftea’s U20 team. Skelleftea finished sixth in the SuperElit regular season and lost to MODO in the playoff quarterfinals. Sundqvist led Skelleftea with 3 goals and 2 assists and was -1 with 4 penalty minutes in five playoff games.

2013-14: Sundqvist played for SHL regular season and playoff champion Skelleftea in his first full pro season and skated for the Sweden U20 team in the 2014 World Juniors. In 51 regular season games for Skelleftea he scored 6 goals with 10 assists and was +6 with 16 penalty minutes; averaging 12 minutes of ice time per game. Playing in 13 of 14 playoff games Sundqvist scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was +5 with 16 penalty minutes. In seven games at the WJC he scored 2 goals and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes. Sweden won a silver medal, losing 3-2 in overtime to Finland in the championship game. Sundqvist signed a three-year entry-level contract with Pittsburgh in May 2014.

2014-15: Sundqvist was loaned to Skelleftea for his second season in the SHL and made his North American pro hockey debut late in the year, joining the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and appearing in one playoff game. He had no points nor penalties and was -1 in his only AHL game. Sundqvist skated in 41 of 55 regular season games for first-place Skelleftea, scoring 9 goals with 10 assists. He was +15 with 34 penalty minutes, averaging 17:18 minutes of ice time. Skelleftea reached the playoff finals, falling to third-place Vaxjo. Sundqvist scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +3 with 18 penalty minutes, averaging 16 minutes of ice time in 15 playoff games. 

2015-16: Sundqvist made his NHL debut with the Penguins in a February 5th game against Tampa Bay — skating in 18 regular season games with Pittsburgh in his first season in North America. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and had an even plus/minus with 4 penalty minutes, averaging 10:18 minutes of ice time. He played in two of the Penguins’ first 10 playoff games, with no points nor penalties. Sundqvist played 45 games with Pittsburgh AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton prior to being recalled, scoring 5 goals with 12 assists and finishing -3 with 30 penalty minutes.

Talent Analysis

Sundqvist is a tall, rangy forward who plays a smart two-way style of game. He is physical for his size, and while he needs to get more explosive in his first step, he has good overall speed and is not easily knocked off the puck. Sundqvist played primarily wing for Skelleftea of the SHL, but his size, reach, and hockey IQ make him an ideal fit at center in North America. He is defensively responsible and can contribute on the penalty kill, but he also appears to have enough offensive upside to provide a meaningful contribution on the scoresheet as well. He is very good at using his size and strength to drive the puck to the net.

Future

Sundqvist cracked the lineup with the NHL Penguins in February after starting the 2015-16 season in the AHL. A healthy scratch on many nights, he is learning valuable lessons as an NHL rookie. His size and skill set suggests Sundqvist can be an effective two-way forward.

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