A great skating, defensive quarterback that can impact all three zones. Has the upside to be a number 3 puck-moving defenseman.
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February 2024 – The cream of the Swedish crop, Freij has been purely dominant at the J20 level. There are a lot of great passing defensemen in this year’s draft and Freij is amongst the best of them. Factor in his mobility and he becomes a possession demon, few things can ever keep Freij from putting the puck where he wants it. What separates him from his peers, is the compliments to that game. He knows when to simply shoot the puck and rarely if ever overpasses, he’s active defensively and demonstrates a great understanding on how to build on the advantages he creates. He’s everything you want out of your offensive defenseman and is a defensive quarterback at its purest. His aggressive style of play leads to him being overeager at times, but as he reigns himself in, he can become one of the best defencemen in this class. – David Saad
February Rankings: 18th