Anton Johannesson

2020 NHL Draft
Photo courtesy of HV71.se

Fantasy Summary

A slick and skilled offensive defenseman with high offensive upside. Great vision. Very calm under pressure. Short and skinny, needs to get much stronger to compete against men. Speed is not great and defensive game needs a lot of work. Has missed a lot of time with injuries which has affected his development.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 2.0
Country SWE
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 26, 2002
Height 5‘9”
Weight 154 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

May 2020 – Johannesson has missed a lot of time because of injuries over the past two years. He missed most of the 2018-2019 season and had some injuries in 2019-2020 as well. Missing all that time during crucial development years has clearly affected him which makes it harder to evaluate and project what he will become. But when Johannesson has been able to play, he’s shown a lot of potential. His 24 points in 20 SuperElit games are a good example of that. He has a lot of skill with the puck, and he loves to create offense. His hands and edge work are great which allow him to embarrass opposing defenders. He sees the ice really well and remains calm under pressure. He’s the type of player you want to have on the ice during a power play. His biggest strengths are clearly in the offensive zone but he can also make good breakout passes and join the rush or carry the puck himself.

On the other side, Johannesson is not currently even strong enough to win battles against junior players, so he needs a lot of work in that area. That work should also improve his speed, explosiveness and shot which are not good enough as of now. Defensive game is another big area where a lot of improvement is needed. His positioning and defensive reads are very inconsistent and often times poor. Both of these development areas are understandable given the time he’s missed but they add a layer of risk to his projection. Johannesson’s potential is so high that he could end up becoming one of the best defensemen from his draft class. But it’s also a very realistic scenario that he never even comes close to the NHL. Because of that, he could be drafted anywhere from early second to late fourth round.  Jokke Nevalainen


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Nittorps IK U16 U16 Div.2 14 19 13 32 12 |          
  Nittorps IK J18 J18 Div.2 11 0 5 5 2 | Qualification 6 1 3 4
 2016-2017 Nittorps IK U16 U16 Div.1 11 14 24 38 2 |          
  Västergötland TV-Pucken 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  Nittorps IK J18 J18 Div.1 18 6 8 14 8 |          
  Nittorps IK Division 3 19 1 9 10 6 | Qualification 6 0 3 3
 2017-2018 HV71 U16 U16 Elit 14 10 22 32 6 |          
  Västergötland TV-Pucken 11 6 9 15 0 |          
  HV71 J18 J18 Elit 10 1 2 3 4 |          
  HV71 J18 J18 Allsvenskan 16 2 6 8 8 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1
  Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 9 2 3 5 0 |          
 2018-2019 HV71 J18 J18 Elit 2 0 1 1 2 |          
  HV71 J20 JCWC 4 0 2 2 0 |          
  HV71 J18 J18 Allsvenskan 1 0 1 1 2 |          
  HV71 J20 SuperElit 8 1 1 2 2 |          
  Sweden U17 WHC-17 5 1 2 3 2 |          
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 6 1 2 3 12 |          
 2019-2020 HV71 J18 J18 Elit 5 3 3 6 25 |          
  HV71 J18 J18 Allsvenskan 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 1 1 2 3
  HV71 J20 SuperElit 20 8 16 24 10 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 2 0 0 0 2 |          
 2020-2021 HV71 J20 SuperElit - - - - - |          

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