Mikael Wikstrand
Image: Mora IK

Mikael Wikstrand


Karlstad Sweden

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7th round (196th overall), 2012


183 lbs.

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2009-10: Mikael Wikstrand moved to Mora IK and skated for the club’s U20 and U18 squads after playing his youth hockey with IFK Ore. In 14 SuperElit league U20 games for Mora he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -6 with 8 penalty minutes. Wikstrand was an offensive force for the U18 club in Elit League play but struggled with the rest of the club during the SuperElit season. He scored 7 goals with 10 assists and was +12 in 17 Elit League games and had 3 goals with 2 assists and was -11 as Mora IK finished last in the ten-team SuperElit league standings.

2010-11: Wikstrand appeared in 28 games for Mora IK’s men’s team in Allsvenskan while playing for the club’s U20 and U18 squads. He won a silver medal playing for Sweden at the 2011 U18 World Junior Championship. Wikstrand had 1 assist and was minus-13 with 6 penalty minutes. Mora IK finished seventh in the 14-team league. He played in one of six post-season games and was plus-one with no points or penalties. In twenty junior games (16 U20, 4 U18) he scored 4 goals with 7 assists and had 12 penalty minutes. In three playoff games with Mora IK’s U18 squad he had 1 goal with 3 assists and 4 penalty minutes. In six games for Sweden at the U18 WJC he assisted on one goal and was plus-five with 8 penalty minutes. Sweden held a two-goal lead in the third period of the championship game before falling to the USA in overtime.

2011-12: Wikstrand played in 47 of 52 games for Mora in his first full season in Allsvenksan. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was plus-eight with 14 penalty minutes. Mora finished eighth in the Swedish second league – missing the playoffs but avoiding relegation play. Wikstrand played 13 games with Mora’s U20 team – including two contests in the qualifying playoffs – and was plus-five with 4 goals and 7 assists. He was ranked 23rd amongst European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Wikstrand returned to Mora for his second season in Allsvenskan and represented Sweden at the 2013 World Junior Championship. He scored 11 goals with 14 assists in 45 games and was +9 with 35 penalty minutes. Mora finished eighth in Sweden’s second league; missing the playoffs. Wikstrand was the top scorer amongst Sweden’s defensemen at the WJC with 4 assists in six games and led all skaters on the team with a +4 plus/minus. Sweden lost to the USA, 3-1, in the gold medal game.

2013-14: Wikstrand made his SHL debut with Frolunda in a December 26th game against Skelleftea, scoring 1 goal with 2 assists. Skating in 19 regular season games for the league’s second-place club he scored 4 goals with 7 assists and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes, averaging 19 minutes of ice time. Frolunda fell to ninth-place Linkopings in a seven-game quarterfinal series. Wikstrand scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -4 with no penalties in seven playoff games. He played 27 games with Mora in Allsvenksan, scoring 4 goals with 16 assists and was +5 with 14 penalty minutes. Wikstrand signed a three-year entry-level contract with Ottawa in May 2014. 

2014-15: Wikstrand remained in Sweden for his first full SHL season, skating for Frolunda on loan from the Ottawa Senators. One of three Indians’ defensemen with at least 20 points, he scored 5 goals with 15 assists in 46 regular season games and was +3 with 10 penalty  minutes. Frolunda finished second to Skelleftea in the regular season and reached the playoff semifinals against eventual SHL champion Vaxjo. Wikstrand had 5 assists and was -2 with 8 penalty minutes in 13 playoff games, averaging 24 minutes of ice time per game.

Talent Analysis

Wikstrand is a slick-skating, complete defender. He demonstrates strong positional play, and manages to be effective without making his physical presence felt too often. He is a smart, reliable passer and his shot from the point is accurate and heavy. He could become a strong middle-pairing defenceman in the NHL, if he commits to playing in North America.


Wikstrand’s future with the Ottawa Senators is in doubt. He was expected to report to the Binghamton Senators for the 2015-16 season, but he returned to Sweden against the wishes of Ottawa GM Bryan Murray, who then suspended the player. It was later reported that he wanted to play in Sweden to be closer to an ailing family member. There are two years left on his entry-level contract, so Wikstrand and the Senators should work out their differences eventually.

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