Stefan Warg
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Stefan Warg

Hometown:

Stockholm Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1990-02-06

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

5th round (143rd overall), 2008

Weight:

187 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2010-11: Stefan Warg returned to his native season after two seasons in the WHL and skated for Orebro in AllSvenskan (Sweden’s second league). In 50 games for third-place Orebro he scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was +10. Warg was the team leader in penalty minutes with 129 PMs. In 10 games in the six-team Kvalserien playoff tournament he had 1 assist with 37 PMs. Orebro failed to reach the Elitserien, finishing fifth.

2011-12: Warg played for Orebro in AllSvenskan in his second pro season in Sweden. In 51 games he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was +5 with 42 penalty minutes. Orebro finished first in Allsvenskan but failed to earn a spot in the Elitserien for 2012-13: finishing 5th in the six-team Kval Series. Warg was an even plus/minus with no points and 14 penalty minutes in 10 Kval Series games.

2012-13: Warg went from Orebro to Vasteras in his third AllSvenskan season. A teammate of fellow Ducks prospect Tim Heed with Vasteras, Warg was the leading scorer amongst defensemen with 4 goals and 15 assists in 52 games and was +21 with 40 penalty minutes. Vasteras finished third in the regular season but came up short in the quest for an SHL slot in 2013-14; finishing fourth in the Kval Series. Warg scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -6 with 2 penalty minutes in 10 Kval Series games. He signed a two-year entry-level contract with Anaheim in May, 2013.

2013-14: Warg began his first pro season in North America in the Anaheim organization.He skated in just 24 games before his contract was bought out by the Ducks in January 2014 and he returned to Sweden — joining Skelleftea for its run to the SHL championship. Warg played 21 games with the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals and had 1 assist; finishing -1 with 2 penalty minutes. He played three ECHL games with the Utah Grizzlies and was -1 with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes. Warg played eight games for Skeleftea, including one playoff game, and was -1 with 4 penalty minutes. 

Talent Analysis

Warg is a smart player who makes good passes and skates well. A defensive defensemen he is not overly physical and plays more of a tactical game. Despite his size his strength is an issue, particularly in the small areas and one-on-one battles common in the North American style of play.

Future

Warg is skating for Malmo in Sweden's second league, AllSvenskan, in 2014-15 and is an assistant captain for the Redhawks. With added responsibility and a larger role he has displayed some of the playmaking ability and physical presence that was lacking in his brief North American pro experience. The level of competition in AllSvenskan does not match what he faced in the AHL but his success this season suggests that with the right development, he has the size and skills required to become a solid NHL defenseman. Whether he will get another opportunity remains to be seen.

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