Emil Bemström

Columbus Blue Jackets
Photo courtesy of SHL.se

Fantasy Summary

A gritty, speedy forward who with impressive distribution and goal-scoring prowess.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country SWE
Position RW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth June 1, 1999
Height 5‘11”
Weight 176 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 4; Overall: 117

Observations

Heading into the season as one of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ top prospects, Emil Bemstrom managed to secure himself a spot on the teams opening roster. With limited minutes thus far, the young sniper picked up his first career assist and seems to gain confidence with each shift. Bemstrom’s ability to get into the scoring areas, combined with his elite snapshot gives Columbus fans something to be excited for years to come. Given the teams struggle to find offense, look for them to utilize the young Swede more as he adjusts to North American pro hockey. Dave Hall

 

May 2019 – Columbus has signed Bemström to a three-year, entry-level contract. He is one of the Blue Jackets’ top prospects and will be coming to North America this fall. Which league he will be playing in remains to be seen. After leading the SHL in goals this year (23), he could break training camp with the Blue Jackets. At worst, he spends next season in the AHL. There is much fantasy value here but where the 19-year old plays will determine how much and how soon. Frank Pellegrini

January 2019 – Bemstrom was arguably Sweden’s most effective forward at the World Juniors, posting four goals and six points in five games. With his league club Djugardens IF, he has been a key cog offensively, amassing 23 points in 30 games. His development is progressing well, and it shouldn’t be too long until he is ready to cross the pond to play in the NHL. He is currently without a contract. Frank Pellegrini

December 2018 – Bemstrom has been named to the preliminary roster for Sweden in the 2018-2019 IIHF World Junior Championship (WJC) in British Columbia, Canada. Having represented the team last year, he should make the team again and play a key role. Frank Pellegrini

March 2018 – It’s been a solid year for Bemstrom, again exceeding a point-per-game pace at the SuperElit level with 12 goals and 13 assists in 18 contests, and 15 points (seven goals) in ten International Junior contests. He’s added seven goals and six assists, to go with 33 PIM against Allsvenskan competition. All prior to his 19th birthday. Kevin WIckersham

December 2017 – After tearing up the SuperElit league with 11 goals and 10 assists in 16 contests, Bemstrom moved up to Leksands’ IF adult squad in the Allsvenskan league where he’s comported himself well with five goals and four assists in 14 games. He’s also added 27 penalty minutes, an impressive amount for an 18-year-old, smaller player still establishing his grit against older opponents. Kevin Wickersham

October 2017 – Out to a fast start this campagin in Sweden’s SuperElit league with the high-powered Leksands IF J20 squad, Bemstrom’s registered ten goals (leading the club) and seven assists in 14 contests. He’s averaged more than a point per game in previous SuperElit play (now 50 points, 31 of them on goals, in 47 games) so this is nothing new for the 18-year-old, but may lead to a spot before long in the adult Swedish Hockey League. Kevin Wickersham 

August 2017 – Bemström put on an impressive show during the recently-concluded Four Nations U20 Tournament, particularly in Team Sweden’s contest against the Russian squad firing five shots on goal and potting two goals. Kevin Wickersham 

July 2017 – Very fleet on skates with a deft and multi-faceted scoring touch, Bemström led the Swedish SuperElit Leksands J20 squad with 21 goals in just 28 games, adding 12 assists and 35 penalty minutes (third-most on the team). He sees the ice very well and is adept at both distributing and putting the puck in the net, but most impresses when outracing and deking opponents in open ice. He doesn’t possess a huge frame but uses what he has to land hard checks and win battles in the corners and along the boards. Bemström is skilled in the faceoff circle as well. Played for Team Sweden in the U18 WJCs, tallying a goal and an assist in seven contests on the way to a bronze medal game loss to Russia. He’ll likely remain for the next year or two in Sweden building upon his previous five games of experience in the adult-level Swedish Hockey League. Kevin Wickersham


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Södermanland TV-Pucken 5 2 4 6 6 |          
  Järna SK U16 U16 Div.1 25 30 22 52 8 | Qualification 5 5 3 8
 2015-2016 Leksands IF J18 J18 Elit 20 10 12 22 2 |          
  Leksands IF J18 J18 Allsvenskan 15 8 10 18 6 | Playoffs 5 1 3 4
  Leksands IF J20 SuperElit 5 0 0 0 2 |          
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 4 0 0 0 0 |          
 2016-2017 Sweden U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 1 1 2 0 |          
  Leksands IF J18 J18 Allsvenskan 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 1 1 0 1
  Leksands IF J20 SuperElit 28 21 12 33 35 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
  Leksands IF SHL 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  Sweden U18 WJC-18 7 1 1 2 2 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 17 4 4 8 18 |          
 2017-2018 Leksands IF J20 SuperElit 18 12 13 25 12 |          
  Leksands IF Allsvenskan 33 8 7 15 33 | Qualification 11 2 0 2
  Sweden U19 (all) International-Jr 4 4 6 10 2 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 6 3 2 5 4 |          
 2018-2019 Djurgårdens IF SHL 47 23 12 35 8 | Playoffs 19 5 5 10
  Djurgårdens IF Champions HL 6 3 0 3 8 |          
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 5 4 2 6 20 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 14 6 3 9 22 |          
  Sweden EHT 3 3 0 3 2 |          
  Sweden (all) International 3 3 0 3 2 |          
 2019-2020 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 9 0 1 1 0 |          

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