Hlinka Gretzky Cup 2019

Fantasy Summary

A high-risk, high-reward centerman who plays a strong team game.


Observations

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June 2022 – Henriksson, who was signed to his ELC in April of 2021, was on loan during the 2021-2022 season to the Swedish Hockey League’s Frolunda Indians in his native Sweden, where he posted only three goals and six assists for nine points in 40 games played, followed by three points in nine playoff games. Playing in his second full season with Frolunda, these numbers can be viewed as a bit disappointing, to be sure. It appears as though Henriksson may now be ticketed for the Hartford Wolf Pack, now that he is AHL-eligible. The playmaking center is signed through 2023-2024, giving the team and the player time to chart the best course for him moving forward. Assuming that he does head to Hartford for the 2022-2023 season, it will most certainly be an adjustment for Henriksson, but it is important for him to show improvements in his game, or he will risk falling down the Rangers’ depth charts further. Brendan Ferry

December 2020 – Henriksson was originally part of Sweden’s preliminary roster for the 2021 World Junior Championship to be held in Alberta and projected to slot in as the teams’ number-one center. Unfortunately, the 19-year-old has tested positive for COVID-19, with only weeks to go until the start of the tournament. As such, the team has been forced to drop him from the roster. This is a disappointing development as it would have been an excellent opportunity to evaluate the former second-round pick against the top caliber of his peers. Brayden Olafson

 

September 2020 – Henriksson has begun his D+2 campaign on the opening night roster for the Frolunda Indians SHL squad. After splitting last year between the SuperElit, Allsvenskan and SHL, it may take some time for him to fully adjust to the SHL speed, but he will have an opportunity to work himself into a prominent role by the end of the year. If his first game is any indication, Henriksson will be cast in a two-way role where he can refine his good habits in the defensive zone, while using his footwork and skill to exploit defenses on lineup mismatches – much the type of role the Rangers hope he will develop into for them in the future. Brayden Olafson

 

January 2020 – The 18-year-old Rangers prospect assisted the Swedes in taking home a bronze medal over the holidays at the 2020 WJC in the Czech Republic. His relationship with 2020 Entry Draft eligible prospects, Alexander Holtz and Lucas Raymond continues to be an apparent factor in his chemistry with the two during international competition. Despite his modest production at the tournament, Henriksson stood out as an individual in several instances. He’ll be eligible to return for another opportunity at the tournament next year where he should be expected to play a prominent role for the Swedes. Brayden Olafson 

 

June 2019 – An elusive centerman who plays a team-first type of game, Henriksson had success in his draft year playing with Froulunda of the SuperElit leauge, and with the Swedish National team at the U18 tournament. Henriksson played well with fellow Frolunda forward, Lucas Raymond, who is a top prospect eligible for the NHL draft in 2020. Moving into a higher league such as the SHL will be an important step in the young center’s development, but one that could expose his high-risk, high-reward focus. Brayden Olafson

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.2
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country SWE
Position C
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 5, 2001
Height 5‘9”
Weight 174 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 2; Overall: 58

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 BlekingeTV-Pucken5 3 36 6|        
  Karlskrona HK U16U16 Region21 10 1525 4|Playoffs QC2 0 22
  Karlskrona HK U16 2U16 Div.12 3 36 0|        
  Karlskrona HK J18J18 Div.14 3 25 0|Qualification3 1 23
 2016-2017 Karlskrona HK U16U16 Region8 5 1015 2|Playoffs QC2 0 11
  Karlskrona HK J18J18 Region27 9 716 20|        
  BlekingeTV-Pucken5 3 25