Richard Demen-Willaume

Hometown:

Olmevalla Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1986-01-28

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

5th round (154th overall), 2004

Weight:

210 lbs.

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History

At the start of the season Demén-Willaume’s was considered the best Swedish prospect along with Johannes Salmonsson. He also started out great in the junior league with Frölunda but as the season progressed he became more defensive and did not show as much offensive flair as earlier. Demén-Willaume represented team Sweden in the U18 WJC scoring a goal and an assist and was for the most part paired with top defenseman Oscar Hedman.

2006-07: The Swedish defenseman brought his games to North America this season, joining up with the Arizona Sundogs. Unfortunately, he only saw action in nine games, where he registered two assists and 16 minutes in the penalty box.
 
2007-08: Deciding that he’s not quite ready for North American hockey, Demen-Willaume tallied six goals and 16 points through 43 games with Rogle (Allsvenskan).

2008-09: The defenseman suited up for 24 games with Rogle (Elitserien) this season, tallying five goals and 12 points. Expect to see him back with the club for 2009-10.

Talent Analysis

Demén-Willaume uses his great size and is a very steady two-way defenseman. He is mobile, a good stickhandler and has an accurate slap shot. This season he became more and more defensive the longer the season went, but is still gifted offensively. He combines a strong passing-game with good positioning on the ice.

Future

Demén-Willaume will most likely spend next season mainly in the juniors. Frölunda has a deep team and while he is likely to get some call-ups it would be surprising if he gets significant ice time in the SEL.