Viktor Ekbom

Hometown:

Falkoping Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-06-01

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

6th round (181st overall), 2009

Weight:

194 lbs.

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History

Drafted in 2009 because of a strong defensive performance in the 2009 WJCs.

2009-10: First full season of SEL level hockey. The 21-year-old did not see a great deal of ice time. In 47 games with Linkoping HC, Ekbom posted two assists, 16 penalty minutes, and a minus-1 rating.

Talent Analysis
Ekbom projects to be a two-way defenseman who can probably chip in on the penalty-kill. He is not considered an offensively gifted player but his puck-handling ability is good enough to start the play out of his own zone. The biggest knock on his play would probably be his lack of mobility. Also, at 6’2 194 pounds, he does not fully play to his size.
Future
Signed with Linkoping through the 2010-11 season, Ekbom could cross the pond as early as the summer of 2011. He is by no means an elite-level prospect but he could add valuable depth.

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