Robert Nyholm
www.hifk.fi

Robert Nyholm

Hometown:

Pietarsaari Finland

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1988-03-07

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

5th round (#129 overall), 2006

Weight:

194 lbs.

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History

The Swedish-speaking Finn moved from his native western coast to Helsinki to play hockey in his teens. He has gained plenty of visibility with his team, IFK, and was one of the few underaged players to make Finland’s U18 squad in the 2005 World Championships, although without much success. He has truly impressed in some key international tournaments and domestic Jr A games, but the story of Nyholm’s career so far is being very dominant at times and suffering scoreless streaks at others.

Talent Analysis
At 6'1, Nyholm's frame isn't very big for a power forward, but what is on the inside isn't mediocre. As a strong skater he blasts his way past defensemen, uses his strength well in corners and can hit fiercely at best. Explosiveness is Nyholm's greatest asset and he has the speed and skillset to go with it. Nyholm has problems with consistency, and sometimes he can remain sidelined from the real action on the ice. Although a good passer as well, he has a hockey sense that isn't quite on par with the rest of his abilities. NHL forwards can maintain a smart game more consistently than Nyholm, so he still has a lot experience to gain in order to overcome this obstacle in the way of his NHL hopes.
Future
Nyholm is facing the challenge of cracking the IFK pro squad. He still has the entire range of development on minor pro hockey level ahead of him, so the NHL is basically out of the question at least until 2009.