Ricard Blidstrand

Hometown:

Stockholm Sweden

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1992-04-20

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

7th round (206th overall), 2010

Weight:

202 lbs.

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History

2009-10: The 17-year-old Blidstrand played for AIK Stockholm in the Swedish Super Elit U20 league. In 33 games for AIK he registered 2 goals with 6 assists and 4 PMs as the team finished eighth in the 10-team North Division. He skated in 12 games (including playoffs) for AIK's U18 team and had 2 goals with 4 assists with 12 PMs. Blidstrand was selected by the Regina Pats (WHL) in the first round (46th overall) of the CHL Import Draft.

2010-11: Blindstrand skated in 70 games for the Regina Pats in his first WHL season. Playing for a Pats' team that had the league's third-worst record he was -30 with 26 PMs and scored 3 goals with 14 assists.
 

Talent Analysis

Blidstrand is a big, strong defenseman who is physical enough to make his presence known but could stand to tap that skill-set more often. He also needs work on his decision-making.

Future

After playing through the junior system in Sweden, Blidstrand will try his luck in the WHL next season with the Regina Pats.

2010 NHL Draft: Philadelphia Flyers selections all done or departed

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Photo: Though Michael Chaput is the most successful of the Flyers' 2010 selections, he was traded to the Blue Jackets in 2011. (Courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Though Michael Chaput is one of the most successful 2010 Flyers selections, he was traded to the Blue Jackets in 2011. (Courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

In the 2010 draft, the Flyers emerged with mostly forward prospects, taking a center, two left wings and a right wing. With no first-round pick that year, Philadelphia’s earliest choice came in the third round. The Flyers selected center Michael Chaput, who is now in the Blue Jackets organization. Read more»