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Fantasy Summary

Skillful and agile offensive defenseman who is still figuring out how to play at high speeds and defend effectively. Could make a solid #4 and power-play specialist if he puts it together.


Observations

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February 2024 – Sahlin Wallenius is a skilled and mobile offensive defenseman who has made his mark this season by getting a ton of pucks toward high-danger areas. He’s fairly creative in the offensive zone and has flashed impressive playmaking. While that facet of his game is routinely outshone by his teammate Alfons Freij, it remains a key strength in his game. His feet are pacier than his mental processing at this stage, which makes inconsistent execution a hallmark of his game. In flashes, he anticipates play well, but small miscues in timing are quite common for him in the DZ. That said, his high stride rate and impressive agility allow him to recover from mistakes very quickly, which he is typically hasty to do. He’s learning to delay with the puck on his stick and let play develop when he has some space in dangerous areas, which is a promising progression on the offensive side of the puck. The defensive side of the game still needs more work as it is at times marred by hesitation and anxiety. He’s trying to get more involved physically to diversify his defensive impact, but it doesn’t project as an NHL strength yet. The upside is quite intriguing, especially offensively and as a carrier in transition, but the risk makes him a mid 2nd round valuation in our eyes.

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country SWE
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 10, 2006
Height 6‘0”
Weight 176 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2017-2018 Sweden Selects U12WSI U127 0 00 -|        
 2018-2019 Skövde IK U16U16 Div.110 4 48 4|        
  Sweden Selects U13WSI U136 0 22 -|        
 2019-2020 Skövde IK U16U16 Div.113 7 1118 12|        
 2020-2021 Skövde IK J18J18 Div.15 0 22 0|        
 2021-2022 Växjö Lakers HC U16U16 Region2 0 00 2|Playoffs QC2 0 00
  VästergötlandTV-Pucken5 1 23 2|        
  Växjö Lakers HC U16U16 SM3 2 13 0|        
  Växjö Lakers HC J18J18 Region15 0 88 6|        
  Växjö Lakers HC J18J18 Nationell15 0 66 6|Playoffs4 1 12
  Växjö Lakers HC J20J20 Nationell5 0 22 6|        
  Sweden U16 (all)International-Jr3 0 11 2|        
 2022-2023 Växjö Lakers HC J18J18 Region16 7 815 10|        
  Växjö Lakers HC J18J18 Nationell4 0 22 2|Playoffs3 1 23
  Växjö Lakers HC J20J20 Nationell30 2 68 6|Playoffs3 0 00
  Sweden U17 (all)International-Jr14 3 69 14|        
 2023-2024 Växjö Lakers HC J18J18 Region3 0 11 4|        
  Växjö Lakers HCChampions HL2 0 00 0|        
  Växjö Lakers HC J18J18 Nationell0 0 00 0|Playoffs4 0 66
  Växjö Lakers HC J20J20 Nationell43 11 3142 38|Playoffs5 0 33
  Sweden U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 1 45 6|        
  Sweden U18 (all)International-Jr19 6 1319 32|        
  Sweden U18 WJAC-196 2 24 8|        
  Sweden U18WJC-18- - -- -|        

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