Johannes Salmonsson


Uppsala Sweden

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2nd round (31st overall), 2004


178 lbs.

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The most talked about Swedish prospect going into the 2004 draft. Salmonsson was in the center of attention early this season as he, 17 years old, signed a contract with SEL team Djurgården. Salmonsson was tested immediately and was for example impressive in an exhibition game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He did well in the SEL as well and was thought as a possible WJC player until he suffered a shoulder injury. It was believed that he would have to have a surgery but he felt little pain and the surgery was postponed to after the season. Salmonsson ended up playing 25 games in the SEL this adding 3 assists. He competed in the U20 WJC as well but missed the U18 WJC in April with his surgery.

2006-07: The Penguins have to continue to be puzzled by the lack of development shown by Salmonsson since he was drafted at the top of the second round in 2004. At that time he was considered to be one of the potential steals of that year’s draft, with unfortunate injuries being the only thing that allowed the Pens the opportunity to select such a gifted offensive performer beyond the first round. But after posting only eight goals in 45 games in the Swedish League in 2006-07, Salmonsson is still very far from ever reaching the NHL.

2007-08: The enigmatic Swede spent the past season splitting time for Rogle BK, a minor-pro team of the Swedish Elite League and it’s parent club, Bryanas IF Gavle.  Salmonsson’s development has continued to digress as he posted only one assist in his SEL time and scored only 10 goals in 24 games for Rogle BK.

Talent Analysis

In many ways a complete forward. Salmonsson has a great attitude and is very hardworking. He is strong at force checking, strong along the boards and skates a lot. Salmonsson is a good skater but what stands out more is the fact that he is always skating hard and moving on the ice. He has also great hockey sense and offensively he can put the puck in the net as well as set up nice plays.


Salmonsson will return to the SEL for another season.