Filip Westerlund

Arizona Coyotes
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Fantasy Summary

Has potential as a future top four, puck moving defenseman at the NHL level. His game as been compared to Anton Stralman by some scouts.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 4.5
Country SWE
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth April 17, 1999
Height 5‘11”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 2; Overall: 44

Observations

June 2018- The Coyotes second-round pick from 2017 had a quiet but solid year over in Sweeden. He played for three different teams and leagues during the 2017-18 season, seeing his most success with the Frolunda HC junior team. There Westerlund was an associate captain and showed the most offense to his game, putting up four goals and 13 points in 24 games. After seeing limited ice time in 19 games with the big club in the SHL last year, he’s expected to have a larger role with the club in 2018-19. Was one of the last cuts for Team Sweden’s unit for the 2018 World Juniors but should play a big role for the squad this year. Fantasy wise should be interesting to see how he progresses as Westerlund considers himself more of a defensive defenseman but he’s a excellent skater with decent offensive instincts. Keith Duggan 

June 2017- Much like their first-round choice of Pierre-Oliver Joseph, the Coyotes grabbed another smooth skating, two-way defenseman in Filip Westerlund with Arizona’s second-round pick. Westerlund split the 2016-17 season between the top division Frolunda team and their affiliate in the Swedish Under 20 League. He played 33 games in the country’s top men’s league, putting up just four points. He would play seven games in Europe’s Champions Hockey League, helping Frolunda to the title. Westerlund also played in 23 games at the J20 level, picking up seven points. His real breakout though was on the international stage. Westerlund had a goal and an assist over seven games at the IIHF Under 18 World Championship. His value was more than just points though, as he was named one of the top three Swedish players in the tournament. Much like Joseph, his skills and skating are excellent but size along with strength needs improvement, as he struggles with larger forwards. Westerlund’s not very physical as he relies more on positioning and stickwork to defend, but makes good first passes and transitions quickly from defense to offense. He plans on playing in Sweden next season and looks to be a at least few seasons away from potentially suiting up in the NHL. Keith Duggan


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Ångermanland TV-Pucken 8 1 3 4 2 |          
  AIK Härnösand J18 J18 Elit 34 1 6 7 4 |          
 2014-2015 Ångermanland TV-Pucken 6 2 0 2 6 |          
  AIK Härnösand J18 J18 Elit 33 11 16 27 12 |          
  Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 3 0 0 0 0 |          
 2015-2016 Frölunda HC J18 J18 Elit 21 4 8 12 18 |          
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Allsvenskan 18 0 4 4 2 | Playoffs 6 0 1 1
  Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 3 0 0 0 2 |          
  Sweden U17 WHC-17 6 0 0 0 0 |          
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 10 1 3 4 4 |          
 2016-2017 Frölunda HC Champions HL 7 0 0 0 0 |          
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Allsvenskan 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1
  Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 23 1 6 7 8 | Playoffs 5 0 1 1
  Frölunda HC SHL 33 0 4 4 6 |          
  Sweden U18 WJC-18 7 1 1 2 4 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 16 1 3 4 10 |          
 2017-2018 Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 24 4 9 13 12 | Playoffs 2 1 0 1
  Frölunda HC Champions HL 4 1 1 2 0 |          
  Frölunda HC SHL 19 0 2 2 0 |          
  IF Björklöven Allsvenskan 13 1 3 4 6 | Qualification 3 0 0 0
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 9 0 2 2 2 |          
 2018-2019 Frölunda HC SHL 14 1 0 1 6 |          
  Frölunda HC Champions HL 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 - - - - - |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 8 0 0 0 4 |          

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