Sebastian Collberg
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Sebastian Collberg

Hometown:

Mariestad Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1994-02-23

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2012

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Trade with Montreal, 2014

Weight:

181 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Sebastian Collberg made his men’s hockey debut as a 16-year-old, skating in four games for Mariestad BoIS in the Swedish Division I. He played most of the season for Mariestad’s U18 and U20 teams and represented Vastergotland in Sweden’s TV-Pucken national tournament. Collberg scored once in his stint with the Division I team. In 26 games at the U20 level, including two post-season contests, he was third on the team with 25 goals and had 14 assists. Collberg scored 12 goals with 15 assists in 15 games for Mariestad U18. In eight games for Vastergotland he scored 6 goals with 5 assists.

2010-11: Collberg moved up to Elitserien club Frolunda, seeing time briefly with the men’s team. He spent the majority of the season with Frolunda U20; seeing action in 12 games for Frolunda U18. Collberg also represented Sweden at the U17 and U18 level in 11 international matches but did not compete at the world junior championships. Collberg played just under eight minutes total in five Elitserien games but made his mark with the U20 team. In 35 games he was the team’s second-leading scorer with 21 goals and 23 assists and in seven playoff games scored 4 goals with 5 assists. In 12 games with Frolunda U 18 (including four playoff games) he scored 10 goals with 8 assists.

2011-12: Collberg saw limited ice time in 41 games with Frolunda in his first full Elitserien season. He skated in 21 games for Frolunda U20 and in five games for Frolunda U18. Colberg represented Sweden at the 2012 U18 and U20 World Junior Championships – winning a gold (U20) and silver (U18) medal. Averaging seven minutes of ice time, Collberg finished -8 with no points or penalties in his Elitserien games. Playing for Frolunda U20 he scored 9 goals with 8 assists and 18 penalty minutes. In four playoff games with Frolunda U18 he scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was named AllSvenskan (U18) Best Forward. One of the younger players in the U20 WJC, Collberg scored 4 goals with 3 assists in six games and was the team’s second-leading scorer behind Anaheim prospect Max Friberg. At the U18 WJC he scored 4 goals with 5 assists in six games as Sweden reached the finals before falling to the USA. Collberg was ranked third amongst European Skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft. Collberg was chosen in the second round, 33rd overall, of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens.

2012-13: Collberg gained his first experience playing pro hockey in North America as a 19-year-old, joining Montreal’s AHL affiliate in Hamilton for two games in April at the end of his season in Sweden’s Elitserien. He split the season between Frolunda and Allsvenskan club Orebro and skated with Sweden’s silver medal-winning squad at the 2013 World Junior Championship. Collberg had no points and was -2 with the Bulldogs, who missed the AHL playoffs. In 35 games for sixth-place Frolunda he scored 6 goals with 3 assists and had an even plus/minus with 6 penalty minutes; averaging ten minutes of ice time per game. He had 2 assists and was -1 in five playoff games. Collberg scored 6 goals with 2 assists in 15 Allsvenskan games for Orebro. He had 4 goals with 2 assists and was -2 with 4 penalty minutes at the WJC. Sweden lost to the USA, 3-1, in the gold medal game.

2013-14: Collberg played in 40 regular season games and one playoff contest for Frolunda in his second SHL season and skated for the silver medal-winning Sweden U20 squad at the 2014 World Juniors. He scored 3 goals with 6 assist and was minus-2 with 8 penalty minutes, averaging 11:29 minutes of ice time, during the regular season. He was minus-1 with no points nor penalties in 7:42 minutes of ice time in his only playoff game; suffering a shoulder injury that required off-season surgery. Collberg scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was plus-4 with 6 penalty minutes in seven games for Sweden, which reached the gold medal game before falling 3-2 in overtime to Finland. The Islanders acquired Collberg from Montreal as part of the Thomas Vanek trade in March 2014. 

2014-15: Collberg skated for Islanders’ AHL affiliate Bridgeport in his first pro season in North America, experiencing the struggles not uncommon for a 20-year-old. Missing time with a shoulder injury and spending six games with the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder, he skated in 43 games for the Sound Tigers. Collberg scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was -6 with 13 penalty minutes. Bridgeport missed the AHL playoffs, finishing last in the Northeast Division. Collberg scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was -2 with no penalties in six ECHL games.

Talent Analysis

Collberg is a skilled forward with excellent skating skills and speed while possessing excellent one-on-one moves. The Swedish sniper doesn't shy away from the dirty areas, knows how to find the soft spots to score goals and has an elite wrist shot which he can release in a hurry with great accuracy and velocity. He must add more strength and size to play along the boards and will need improvement on the defensive side of the puck.

Future

Collberg heads into his second training camp with the Islanders in 2015-16 and will look to bounce back from a challenging season in the AHL as a 20-year-old. Injuries and a lack of size and stature hampered him in his first season in Bridgeport but he does have offensive skill and should adapt to the pro game as he matures physically. Long-term the talented winger projects as a top-six forward at the NHL level.

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