Erik Brännström

by Kevin Wickersham on March 9, 2018

                                                 Erik Brännström , D

  Shoots: L

 Height: 5-10

 Weight: 181

  Born:  1999-09-02               

 Hometown:  Eksjö, SWE         

 1st round 2017 15th overall VGK        

Observations:

March 2018 – With only one game remaining in his second full SHL season, Brannstrom is finishing his draft-plus-one year already having recorded 15 points in 43 games played. Although those numbers may seem small for an offensively gifted defenseman, they project to a 40+ NHL point-pace based on historical player values coming from Sweden’s top league. With a glut of NHL-ready defensemen on their roster, Vegas can afford to be patient with Brannstrom. However, they will do their best to convince him to come over and get acclimated to the North American style of play on the Chicago Wolves of the AHL as soon as they can. If HV71 is an early exit in the SHL playoffs, expect Brannstrom to cross the pond and begin playing in the next couple of weeks. No decision has been made as of yet where he will play next year, but one thing to consider is that he will still be eligible to play for Sweden in the World Junior Championships. Mason Black

 

December 2017 – Erik Brännström should play a very large role on the back end for Team Sweden at the World Junior Championships. He will be showcased on the blue line along with projected first overall pick, Rasmus Dahlin, and featured heavily for the Swedes on the power play. Brännström hasn’t had an overly impressive offensive season as he adjusts to the pro game in Sweden’s top league (SHL), where he has posted six assists in 27 games and has failed to find the back of the net for HV71. Expect to see Brännström utilize his big shot, speed and agility and use the WJC as his coming out party.  Mason Black

June 2017 – Brännström is a smallish but strong, fast skating and cerebral, possession-oriented blueliner. He doesn’t yield to physical play or opponent pressure, remaining highly aware and opportunistic on the ice regardless of the situation. Determined and scrappy, he can run a mean power play and move the puck with confidence from zone to zone accurately and swiftly. Creates scoring chances with his powerful shot and playmaking acumen. Threads precision passes even in traffic. Sticks to his game on defense, rarely making mistakes or getting forced out of position. Frustrating to play against his disciplined game, which generates turnovers and forced, ill-advised passes. Has great gap control and wields the stick well to slow rival skaters. A team leader on the ice that loves to compete. - Kevin Wickersham

 

Fantasy Outlook: A-

Smart and strong two-way leader with a lazar shot. Undersized for protypical d-man, but shouldn’t be a fatal flaw.   

 

Footage:

Erik Brännström #4 - U18 Highlights

 

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