Swedish prospect update

By Johan Nilsson

Prospect Watch – round 29

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Samuel Pahlsson, MoDo

Samuel who’s drafted by Colorado and will most likely play with the Colorado
Avalanche next season, had a great game against Leksand. MoDo had two
successful lines, the Sedins together with Anders Soderberg and Samuel
Pahlsson together with tough guy Magnus Wernblom and Boston draftee Matias
Karlin. Pahlsson played outstanding and showed some great offensive talents.
He scored to fine goals and delivered a great pass to Wernblom that resulted
in a goal.

# Player Team Drafted by G A TP
1 Samuel Pahlsson MoDo Colorado 2 1 3
2 Magnus Nilsson Malmo Detroit 2 0 2
3 Daniel Sedin MoDo Vancouver 1 1 2
4 Pierre Hedin MoDo Toronto 1 1 2
5 Henrik Sedin MoDo Vancouver 0 2 2
6 Henrik Malmstrom Malmo 0 2 2
7 Anders Soderberg MoDo Boston 1 0 1
8 Henrik Andersson Linkoping 1 0 1
9 Pelle Prestberg Farjestad Anaheim 0 1 1
10 Toivu Suursoo Malmo Detroit 0 1 1

Elitserien round 29 - 1/6/2000

Brynas vs Frolunda 4-1
BRY: Roger Kyro 2, Daniel Olsson, Jan Larsson
FRO: Pasi Saarela

Linkoping vs Lulea 3-2
LIN: Henrik Andersson, Mike Helber, Peter Casparsson
LUL: Tomas Berglund 2

Farjestad vs Malmo 3-4
FAR: Trond Magnussen, Marko Jantunen, Radek Hamr
MAL: Magnus Nilsson 2, Mats Lusth, Mikael Lindholm

MoDo vs Leksand 6-2
MOD: Samuel Pahlsson 2, Anders Soderberg, Daniel Sedin, Magnus Wernblom,
Pierre Hedin
LEK: Niklas Eriksson, Per Lundell

Vasteras vs HV 71 3-2
VAS: Joakim Lundberg, Johan Molin, Daniel Rydmark
HV7: Stefan Ornskog, Antti Tormanen

(Djurgarden vs AIK play on 1/11/2000)

Swedish Defenseman Lewerstrom had a great WJC

Erik Lewerstrom

Team: Farjestad/Grums 2nd tier league

Position: Defenseman

Hight: 6-2

Weight: 192

Drafted: 6/1999 (168 overall) by Phoenix Coyotes

Erik scored 3 goals and added 5 assists in 7 games with Team Sweden in the
WJC. He was the 7th best point scorer of the tournament and one of Sweden’s
best players. It was actually a small surprise that he was so conquering with
his scoring because he has never been recognized as a very offensive
defenseman. Lewerstrom has come very strong this season, playing very solid in
allsvenskan (the 2nd tier league in Sweden) and clearly being one of Sweden’s
prime players.
He is an all-round defenseman more known for his defensive awareness and work
ethics than flashy offensive game. His shot is not very hard but accurate and
his passing skills are good. Erik’s skating skills could be better but still
they’re about average mostly thanks to his great balance and good agility. He
can play physical and he has good size. Looks like a future NHL defenseman?

Before the WJC people thought that Christian Backman would be the leading
offensive defenseman on the Swedish Team. The St Louis prospect is known for
his great play on the power play and his hard, accurate shot. But Erik proved
that his skills are also very impressing and this tournament has presumably
put him up some places on various prospect rankings. It’s most likely that
Erik will play in the Elite League next season and he will become one of many
promising players who will play on the top level in Sweden. It’s also very
conceivable that prospect forwards Henrik Zetterberg, Tony Martensson, David
Nystrom and Rickard Wallin will play in Elitserien next season. They are all
having a successful season in allsvenskan.

It will be very enticing to follow Lewerstrom’s future development that could
possibly earn him a spot in Phoenix Coyotes roster. The Coyotes drafted him in
the 6th round (168 overall) in 99.

Stats with Grums 98-99
19 3 9 12 42