Wilhelm Westlund
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Wilhelm Westlund

Hometown:

Stockholm Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1995-03-15

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

7th round (183rd overall), 2013

Weight:

185 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Wilhelm Westlund skated for the Farjestad U18 team and was named best defenseman while playing for Stockholm 1 in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players in Sweden. He scored 2 goals with 11 assists and was plus-25 with 18 penalty minutes in 35 games for Farjestad U18. Westlund had 1 goal and 1 assist in eight TV-Pucken games for Stockholm 1.

2011-12: Westlund moved up to Farjestad’s U20 team as a 16-year-old and represented Sweden in the 2011 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was plus-3 with 12 penalty minutes in 33 regular season games and was minus-5 with no points or penalty minutes in six playoff games. He also skated for Farjestad’s U18 team, scoring 5 goals with 5 assists in 15 games, including two playoff contests, and was plus-14 with 10 penalty minutes. In six games for Sweden at the WHC he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and had 6 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Westlund made his pro debut in Sweden’s Elitserien, appearing in 26 games for Farjestad, and skated with the club’s U20 team as well as representing Sweden in the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 1 goal and averaged 6:38 minutes of ice time; finishing minus-1 for the second place club. Farjestad reached the playoff semifinals but Westlund did not appear in any games. He scored 3 goals with 12 assists in 33 regular season games and was plus-10 with 76 penalty minutes for Farjestad U20 and was -1 with 3 assists in five playoff games. In four games at the U18 WJC he was plus-1 with 1 assist as Sweden finished fifth in Sochi. Westlund was ranked 15th amongst international skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Westlund made his pro debut in Sweden’s Elitserien, appearing in 26 games for Farjestad, and skated with the club’s U20 team as well as representing Sweden in the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 1 goal and averaged 6:38 minutes of ice time; finishing minus-1 for the second place club. Farjestad reached the playoff semifinals but Westlund did not appear in any games. He scored 3 goals with 12 assists in 33 regular season games and was plus-10 with 76 penalty minutes for Farjestad U20 and was minus-1 with 3 assists in five playoff games. In four games at the U18 WJC he was plus-1 with 1 assist as Sweden finished fifth in Sochi. Westlund was ranked 15th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Colorado in the seventh round (183rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Westlund appeared in 11 games with Farjestad’s men’s team in the newly-christened SHL and played a key role for the club’s silver medal-winning U20 team. He was minus-3 with no points nor penalties, averaging 8:39 minutes of ice time with the SHL squad. Westlund scored 2 goals with 15 assists and was plus-15 with 16 penalty minutes in 34 regular season games for the Farjestad U20 team. Farjestad defeated Skelleftea and Djurgarden in consecutive best-of-three series to reach the SuperElit semifinals, defeating Brynas 4-3, before falling to HV71, 5-1 in the championship game. Westlund scored 2 goals with 5 assists in six playoff games and was plus-4 with 2 penalty minutes. 

2014-15:Westlund skated in Sweden’s second league, Allsvenskan, as a 19-year-old and played for the Djurgarden U20 team in the SuperElit playoffs. In 40 regular season games for Vita Hasten he scored 2 goals with 9 assists and had an even plus/minus with 18 penalty minutes. Vita Hasten finished eighth in the regular season and in nine qualification playoff games Westlund scored 1 goal and was -5 with no penalties. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes in four SuperElit playoff games with Djurgarden. 

Talent Analysis

Westlund is a solid two-way defenseman in his native Sweden. He likes to jump into the play but he is not a risk taker.

Future

Westlund has yet to sign an entry-level contract with the Avalanche and is still playing in Sweden in 2015-16. Spending most of the season with Vita Hasten in Allsvenskan, he has appeared in seven regular season games and four Champions League contests with Farjestad, seeing limited ice time at the elite level. As with many seventh-round picks, Westlund is a bit of a longshot to play at the NHL level and after appearing in 26 SHL games in 2012-13 he has yet to return to the top level in Sweden. The Avalanche can afford to be patient with him with several defensemen in the system but Westlund at this point is fairly low on the depth chart.

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