Oskar Sundqvist

by joshepstein on April 8, 2018

 

Oskar Sundqvist, C/RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-3

Weight: 209

Born: 1994-03-23

Hometown: Boden, SWE

Drafted: 2012 by Pittsburgh, 81st Overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

April 2018- Oskar Sundqvist spent the majority of the season excelling when it came to the defensive side of the game while struggling to break out as a offensive threat. Having spent large spells as a healthy scratch, the Swedish center did find himself useful on the penalty kill when the Blues did dress him. Sundqvist only put up one goal and four assists in 42 games played but at just 24 he's still building on his overall game. Likely not going to ever be a huge producer in goals but can chip in once he becomes a bit more assertive on the ice. Josh Epstein
 

June 2017 – The sturdy two-way center was dealt to St. Louis in a draft-day deal that brought bruising RW Ryan Reaves to Pittsburgh. Mark Allan

June 2017 – Drafted as a bottom-six shutdown defender, the lanky Swede was pointless in 10 NHL games this season, but broke out with 20 goals and 46 points in a 63-game sophomore AHL campaign that included plus-12 and 52 PIMs. Although he had just one assist in a disappointing first-round Calder Cup exit by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 19 penalty minutes underscored Sundqvist’s commitment to physical play. An RFA, he will be compensated as well as the cap-strapped Pens can manage, and could conceivably center Pittsburgh’s fourth line if the Penguins decide to not bring back 40-year-old UFA Matt Cullen. Mark Allan

February 2017 – Pity the poor Swede, who would likely be in the NHL for many other organizations without the enviable up-front depth of the Penguins. Already known as a frustrating checker for opposing scorers to face, the strapping Sundqvist (besides being plus-15) has 33 points in 41 AHL games, showing enough offense that might make the difference between the third and fourth lines in the NHL. Instead, he's still waiting to add to the 18 NHL games he got into last season. Mark Allan 

November 2016 – Displaying more offense than previously, the lanky Swede compiled six goals and eight assists in his first 15 games of the AHL season. That underscores the belief that he's bound for the NHL as either a two-way player or at worst an upper-echelon shutdown center. Realistically, that won't happen until veterans Matt Cullen and/or Eric Fehr have moved on. In the meantime, Sundqvist is getting great AHL experience. Mark Allan

September 2016 – Although his offensive upside will likely be limited, the rangy Swede will absolutely carve out an NHL career as a bottom-six shutdown center who's really frustrating to play against. It just won't be to start this season. The signings of veteran middlemen Matt Cullen and Eric Fehr derailed any hope of Sundqvist making Pittsburgh's roster out of training camp. His time will come, especially considering Cullen is 39 and Fehr is susceptible to injury. Mark Allan

June 2016 – With only one North American pro season on his resume, the sizable Swede is not far from getting regular NHL employment as a bottom-six forward who will be the bane of opposing superstars. After five goals and 12 assists in 45 AHL games, Sundqvist got onto 18 NHL regular-season scoresheets and two more playoff ones for the Stanley Cup champions, although he got few minutes and fewer points. Any old-school fan clinging to the image of pacifist Swedish hockey players will swear off that perspective after watching Sundqvist for just a period. He agitates, he bangs, and the more you don't like it, the more he does. Scoring? Limited at best, but he's only 23. Let's see how that plays out. Mark Allan

January 2016 – On a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton squad with oodles of skill, the lanky Swede fills the two-way role he would probably inherit should he ascend to the NHL. Bulked up to 209 pounds, the enthusiastic checker has five goals and 10 assists in 33 games as an AHL rookie. Although he was called up by Pittsburgh as an injury replacement earlier this season, he didn't get into an NHL game. Mark Allan  

October 2015 – After being demoted to the AHL, Sundqvist was recalled after the latest setback for snake-bitten veteran left winger Pascal Dupuis. The 36-year-old, who has missed most of the past two seasons with a knee injury and a blood clot, will miss the next four or five weeks with a lower-body injury suffered in practice. With David Perron dropping to the third line with Nick Bonino and Beau Bennett, the best Sundqvist can hope for initially is fourth-line duty. Mark Allan 

October 2015 – In his final 2015 NHL pre-season game before being sent to the AHL, the lanky Swede was pointless and minus-1 in a 7-2 loss to Detroit. Demonstrating the physical and defensive aspects of his game, Sundqvist registered four hits and a blocked shot, although he won just six of 17 faceoffs. He still projects as a physical, defensively responsible NHLer, likely among the bottom six forwards on a roster. Mark Allan

September 2015 – The physical, determined 21-year-old has made a commitment to North America and is expected to make Pittsburgh’s roster, likely as a bottom-six forward, more specifically as the fourth-line center. There is an opening because Eric Fehr is recovering from off-season elbow surgery. Unlike previous years when Sundqvist came across the Atlantic after prepping with Skelleftea of the Swedish Elite League, he rehabbed in North America. Already NHL-ready when his team doesn’t have the puck, Sundqvist needs to show a little more offense. Mark Allan

February 2015 – The 19-year-old center continues to get experience playing against men with Skelleftea AIK in Sweden’s premier hockey league. In 35 games, he has eight goals and eight assists, matching his point total from 51 games last season, and hinting at increasing physical and mental maturity. He tallied four goals and two assists in 13 post-season games in the past campaign, helping his team to a championship. The six-foot-three right-handed shooter carries a chip on his shoulder and has enough offensive flair to make him a potential NHL power forward. He’s Pittsburgh’s seventh-best prospect, according to the Hockey News 2014 Future Watch, which describes him as a rangy, two-way forward. Adding muscle and getting his weight above 200 pounds would really get the Pens to notice him from across the Atlantic. Mark Allan

April 2014 - Oskar Sundqvist has impressed in his first pro season with Skelleftea AIK in Sweden. He finished the regular season with 16 points in 51 games, and has six points in 13 games in the playoffs. Oskar played physically all year long, yet was able to bring his penalty minutes way down, suggesting his discipline has matured since last year. The Penguins are looking forward to bringing him across the ocean after next season to begin developing him as a power forward with good offensive potential. Seth Brisendine

March 2013 –  Oskar Sundqvist is a big, gritty center that plays a two-way game. He has spent almost the whole season for Skelleftea’s junior club, playing in 38 games and maintaining just under a point-per-game average with 33. His play has resulted in a few call-ups to the top club, where he has scored a goal in 14 games. Sundqvist has the complete package when it comes to two-way play, and he will bring that every game next season for Skelleftea. He will look to add weight to his thin frame, and gain valuable international experience before moving across the pond to play for the Penguins AHL affiliate.Seth Brisendine

 

Fantasy Outlook: C-

A bottom-six shutdown checker with PK specialist upside

 

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