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Fantasy Summary

Offensively skilled and versatile forward with great size and hockey sense. His combination of size and skill gives him a safe floor and he has the upside to develop into an impactful top-six forward in the NHL.


Observations

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March 2024 – Leo Carlsson has entered into his first season in the NHL on a progressive workload system implemented by GM Pat Verbeek. The third overall pick continues to rely on his amazing playmaking ability at the NHL Level with nine goals and 14 assists in 40 games. As a young forward, consistency seems to be his Achilles Heel. The forward tends to have a good stretch of play for a few games producing with points then seems to head towards a cold streak for an even longer stretch. Lots of work to do but the Ducks have a gem. David Calabretta

June 2023 – Carlsson has been selected 2nd overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2023 NHL Draft. Curtis Rines

April 2023 – Leo Carlsson finished the season with one of the most impressive stat lines by a draft-eligible player ever in the SHL. Regular season and playoffs combined, he recorded 11 goals and 23 assists in 57 games. Carlsson’s a unique player, as he already has a very well-rounded toolkit at this age. His biggest strengths are his excellent puck skills and hockey sense. He has the ability to beat players with skill moves and anticipate plays as though he were one step ahead of his opponents at all times. Carlsson’s improved as a shooter but remains more of a playmaker. He’s a really solid skater for his size and can utilize his size with puck protection. He plays the game with a high pace and is already very pro-ready. Carlsson vs. Michkov -debate for 3rd spot was a long one in our meeting, and it could still turn around in our final rankings. Eetu Siltanen

September 2022 – Carlsson played the majority of the 2021-2022 season against men in the SHL, recording nine points in 35 games. He also played 14 games in the J20 Nationell, notching a sensational 27 points in those games. That 1.93 PPG was miles ahead of any other draft-1 player in the Swedish J20 league ever (minimum of 10 games). Carlsson was one of the leading forwards for Sweden’s U18 National Team the whole season as well and will probably be one of the leading forwards in next December’s World Juniors as well.

Carlsson has a very comprehensive toolkit as he is good in practically every area and also has a projectable 6-foot-3 frame. He’s an excellent puck handler and, along with his size, is a strong puck protector. His playmaking is very strong as he possesses excellent vision and is a precise passer. Last season, Carlsson didn’t look as strong as a shooter but was able to score a bunch of nice goals anyway. This season’s U20 Four Nations tournament in August showed that I might have just missed something, as he scored four goals in three quality performances for the national team there. I think Carlsson is a very rare package as he basically has everything you can ask for – and he’s squarely in the mix for a top-five spot in the 2023 NHL Draft. Eetu Siltanen

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.5
NHL Certainty 10.0
Country SWE
Position C
Roster Type Europe
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth December 26, 2004
Height 6‘3”
Weight 194 lbs
Drafted 2023 Round 1; Overall: 2

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Sweden Selects U12WSI U126 3 14 2|        
 2017-2018 Färjestad BK U16 2U16 Div.115 13 1427 0|        
 2018-2019 Färjestad BK U16 2U16 Div.12 1 01 0|        
  Färjestad BK U16U16 Region19 0 1010 8|        
  Färjestad BK U16U16 SM3 1 01 0|        
 2019-2020 Färjestad BK U16U16 Region15 8 917 4|Playoffs QC3 9 211
  VärmlandTV-Pucken5 2 35 0|        
  Färjestad BK U16U16 SM3 0 11 2|        
  Färjestad BK J18J18 Region2 0 00 0|        
 2020-2021 Örebro HK J18J18 Region1 0 00 0|        
  Örebro HK J20J20 Nationell19 4 59 12|        
 2021-2022 Sweden U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 1 23 0|        
  Örebro HK J18J18 Region2 1 23 0|        
  Örebro HK J18J18 Nationell0 0 00 0|Playoffs1 0 00
  Örebro HK J20J20 Nationell14 10 1727 2|Playoffs4 1 78
  Örebro HKSHL35 3 69 4|        
  Sweden U18WJC-182 2 13 0|        
  Sweden U18 (all)International-Jr11 6 410 2|        
 2022-2023 Örebro HKSHL44 10 1525 6|Playoffs13 1 89
  Sweden EHT2 0 22 2|        
  Sweden U20WJC-207 3 36 2|        
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr13 10 717 4|        
  SwedenWC8 3 25 0|        
  Sweden (all)International15 3 811 4|        
 2023-2024 Anaheim DucksNHL55 12 1729 16|        
 2024-2025 Anaheim DucksNHL- - -- -|        

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