Hedlund: Top Swedish Prospects for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft

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2019-06-18

Victor Söderström Gets Low

 

The 2019 NHL Entry Draft is not the most exciting one for us Swedes, and it suffers from being between a very good Swedish draft (2018) and a draft that could be the best one ever for Sweden (2020). But there are still a few very interesting Swedish prospects that will get drafted this week. In this text, I get the chance to present an overview of my top10 Swedish prospects for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

 

Victor Söderström, D, Brynäs IF, 6’0, 183 lbs, DOB 02.26.01

Söderström has had an impressive season in the SHL and has been the only -01 born player to take a permanent roster spot in Sweden’s top league. Söderström is a smart two-way defenseman that has great skating abilities. His smooth strides enable him to navigate through traffic and to pivot to avoid incoming opponents as he transports the puck zone-to-zone. If an opponent challenges Söderström he can stickhandle his way past him, as Söderström has quite soft hands and great puck control. His decision-making with the puck is superb in all three zones; he solves pressure in the defensive zone with ease, makes excellent plays to start the transition game for his team and can find openings in the offensive zone to generate a scoring chance for a teammate. If given the chance Söderström can also put the puck into the net, as he has a decent slap shot and a competent wrist shot.

Söderström uses his mobility while playing in the offensive zone, although he could be much more consistent with it as he sometimes plays a bit too safe when he shifts positions. While defending Söderström makes great reads and anticipates the play very well, he actively uses his stick to cut off angles and to put pressure on the puck. He lacks size and strength and can struggle around the boards and while defending the crease, but he doesn’t shy away from physical contact and can throw a hit to stop an opponent. Söderström should be considered a very safe pick, as his game is already very polished for his age and his core game doesn’t have any major weaknesses.

 

 

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Philip Broberg, D, AIK, 6’3, 201 lbs, DOB 06.25.01

Philip Broberg is probably the most talked about Swedish prospect for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, he started the season with a great performance at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and has been considered a top talent since then. Broberg is another Swedish defenseman with strong skating, he will be among the fastest player drafted in this year’s draft as his north-south skating is fantastic. There’s room for improving his agility, as it is a few steps behind his acceleration and top speed, and it would greatly benefit his puck-moving game.

Broberg has excellent offensive instincts and will be looking to make plays from all over the ice, either by carrying the puck himself or by sending a hard, cr