Anton Rodin, RW
Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
|Drafted: 2nd round 2009 (53rd overall)|
June 2017 – What a tough year for the talented winger. After suffering a devastating knee injury in 2015-16, Rodin battled lingering effects from it all last season, resulting in just six games between Vancouver and Utica. Rumours have been abound that the former second-round pick will head to the KHL this summer, but if Vancouver brings him back, look for him to get a shot in the team's top nine forward group. Cam Robinson
December 2016 – After lighting the SHL on fire a year ago and winning the most valuable player award, despite suffering a devastating knee injury, Rodin has yet to suit up for the Canucks this season. The former 2009 second-round pick was recently sent to Utica of the AHL on a conditioning assignment and set up a goal in his first game. He'll look to get into game shape quickly and return to Vancouver in the new year. Cam Robinson
March 2016 – The Vancouver Canucks have signed Anton Rodin to a one-year, one-way contract worth $950,000. It is not a Entry Level Contract and as a result he would need to clear waivers to join the Canucks this year. He will begin his NHL career in the 2016-17 season. Rodin received the "Golden Helmet Award" as the Swedish Hockey League Most Valuable Player Award. Rodin has previously played two seasons in North America in the AHL with the Chicago Wolves.
February 2016 – Rodin has performed admirably in his time with Brynas of the SHL this season. Enjoying his best pro season yet, Anton leads the team in points with 16 goals and 37 points in 36 games. He is playing in his Swedish homeland and has enjoyed a level of success unknown to him at this point. David McDonald
November 2015 – Highly touted virtually his entire life, Anton Rodin's name is well known across his homeland. While slightly undersized, Rodin plays a hard nosed game. He dishes it out, but often takes a beating to make plays. The thing about him is, he doesn't mind one bit. Puck hungry, Rodin uses a combination of slick moves and smart decisions to create plays all over the ice, thriving in the offensive zone. His smarts allow him to break down defensive coverage in tight spots, leading to scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates. His speed and skating is high-end, but his ability to execute at this speed is what sets him apart from his peers.
After going with American scorer Jordan Schroeder in the first round, the Canucks decided take a chance on the talented Swede in the second round. Selecting him 53rd overall right between Richard Panik and Eric Gelinas during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
After a couple of years toiling in the Swedish Hockey League, Rodin came over to learn the North American game. He spent 2011-12 and 2012-13 skating for the Chicago Wolves (AHL), only managing to score 41 points over 111 contests. He potted 10 goals and 17 assists in 62 games (minus-5), followed up by four and 10 in 49 with a team-worst among forwards and second overall, minus-11 rating.
Returning home for the last three seasons, we have seen the 25-year-old steadily improve while producing points in the SHL, scoring 35 points in 47 games (12-23) and 40 in 54 (19-21) respectively. This year, Rodin has evolved to a whole other level. Scoring 10 goals in his first 19 games Is impressive, but add 15 assists and his 1.31 PPG pace indicates he may be ready to come back to North America sooner than later. This time straight to the NHL.
Maybe a sign of things to come, while writing this Rodin actually scored a hat-trick (Nov. 21) during his game for Brynas. Make that 13 goals and 28 points (20 games) on the year. Mike Barrett
Fantasy Outlook: C+
A speedy, shifty winger who has piled up points overseas but needs to translate to the smaller ice and more physical North American game.
Anton Rodin scores in 2016 NHL pre-season.
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