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.
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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