Robin Press

Hometown:

Uppsala Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1994-12-21

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

7th round (211th overall), 2013

Weight:

205 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Robin Press appeared in six games for Wings HC’s U16 team in Sweden’s top division and represented Uppland in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school age players. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists skating for the suburban Stockholm club. In seven TV-Pucken games he had no points and 2 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Press went from Wings HC in Arlanda to neighboring Almtuna, skating for the club’s U18 team. He scored 7 goals with 6 assists and was -2 with 8 penalty minutes in 31 games. Almtuna finished seventh in its division and third in regional play.

2011-12: Press made his debut in Swedish pro hockey as a 17-year-old, skating for Almtuna’s men’s team in AllSvenskan (Sweden’s second league), and spent time with the club’s U20 and U18 teams. He had 1 assist and was -1 with 4 penalty minutes in nine AllSvenskan games. In 24 games with Almtuna’s U20 team he scored 15 goals with 20 assists and was +12 with 26 penalty minutes. Press played in 28 U18 games and scored 8 goals with 16 assists; finishing -11 with 52 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Press went from Almtuna to Sodertalje in his first full AllSvenskan season. In 41 games he scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -2 with 10 penalty minutes. Sodertalje was second in AllSvenskan but could not secure a spot in the Swedish Elitserien, finishing sixth in the Kval playoffs. Press played in 8 of 10 games during the Kval series and was -3 with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes. He played 29 games for Sodertalje’s U20 team, including three playoff games, and scored 7 goals with 11 assists and was +3 with 16 penalty minutes. Not among the 130 European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Press was the final player taken in the 2013 NHL Draft, selected by Chicago in the seventh round (211th overall).

2013-14: Press returned to Sodertalje for his second season in AllSvenskan as an 18-year-old. In 51 games for the Sodertalje men’s team he scored 4 goals with 11 assists and was minus-3 with 20 penalty minutes. Sodertalje missed the playoffs; finishing 12th in the 14-team league. Press shared the scoring lead for the Sodertalje U20 team during the Forts qualifying series with forward Sebastian Bengtsson despite appearing in just nine of 16 games; scoring 6 goals with 7 assists and finishing plus-7 with 6 penalty minutes as the team finished sixth. Press had 3 assists and was minus-4 with 4 penalty minutes in four playoff games.

2014-15: Press made his North American pro hockey debut in April — signing an amateur try-out contract with Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford and appearing in two regular season games and four playoff contests with the IceHogs — following his third Allsvenskan season with Sodertalje. He had no points nor penalties with Rockford, finishing with an even plus/minus during the regular season and -3 in the playoffs. Press scored 13 goals with 15 assists, both career highs, and was -8 with 12 penalty minutes in 51 games for Sodertalje. In the SHL as recently as 2010-11, the club finished last in Allsvenskan and was relegated to Hockey Ettan after finishing sixth in the six-team Kval Series. Press scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes in 10 post-season games.
 

Talent Analysis

Press is a converted forward now playing defense. He is not shy about chipping in offensively and playing the role of the, "fourth forward." His defensive zone play and other skills like skating backwards are areas that are in need of improvement. He has the prototypical size of an NHL defender and has added bulk to his frame since he was first drafted in 2013. The "Mr. Irrelevant" of that draft as the last player selected, Press is a long-term project but should improve as he gets more experience on defense.

Future

Press is in his first SHL season in 2015-16, joining Djurgardens. He has played three years against men's competition in Allsvenskan even though he is only 20 so the adjustment is not as drastic as it is for most rookies. As with any late round NHL draft pick his long-term potential is a bit of a mystery — particularly in an organization like the Blackhawks that is loaded with defenseman prospects — but he does have some skill.

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