Mikael Wikstrand

Ottawa Senators
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Fantasy Summary

Top-four potential if he ever commits to North America.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 1.5
Country SWE
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 5, 1993
Height 6‘1”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted 2012 Round 7; Overall: 196

Observations

March 2019 – Wikstrand continues to ply his trade in Farjestad. His offence has remained without much growth, averaging under half a point per game. Once thought of as a top tier prospect, Wikstrand’s reluctance to commit to the Senators or any team in North America has significantly decreased his value. Should he decide to come over after his contract ends in 2020, he doesn’t currently project to make a noticeable impact. Jordan Deshane

June 2017 – Wikstrand continued to produce offensively in Sweden, managing four goals and 15 assists playing for Farjestad of the SHL. As a seventh-round-pick Wikstrand had the potential to be a absolute steal of a pick. I use ‘had’ because following an acrimonius breakup with the Senators it’s unlikley that we will see Wikstrand in North America anytime soon, if ever. Unlikely as a member of the Ottawa organization. Brad Phillips

May 2016 – Wikstrand has signed a four year pact with Farjestad of the SHL effectively ending his rocky relationship with Ottawa. When he was selected in the seventh round back in 2012 it appeared as though the club has found a real gem as he has all the tools needed to become an effective NHL defenceman. But this latest piece of news likely closes that window of opportunity. Brad Phillips

January 2016 – After playing a very public game of chicken through the media, Sens management has finally acquiesced to Wikstrand’s request and allowed him to suit up for Farjestad of the SHL. Through three games Wikstrand has posted a single assist. At this point it’s hard to imagine Wikstrand suiting up for the Senators in the near future, if ever, after bolting for Sweden with $160,000 of the Sens money. Don’t be surprised to his name surface around trade deadline. Brad Phillips

November 2015 – Wikstrand is currently under team imposed suspension after bolting from training camp early on to return to his native Sweden, much to the chagrin of Ottawa management. “I told him that he can go home and be a grocery clerk and play in a beer league, but he could not play hockey in any shape or form if he doesn’t play for the Ottawa organization, and that’s the way it’ll be” said GM Bryan Murray. It was later revealed that Wikstrand’s brother is currently battling leukemia and moved back to be closer to him. There hasn’t been much in the way of working towards a resolution. Assistant GM went on Ottawa radio November 18th where he was asked if there was any updated on Wikstrand “No. Nope. He reached out, if I’m not mistaken, he reached out again to Bryan (Murray) last week and Bryan just indicated to him, ‘You’ll be more than welcome to come to Binghamton. Until then, good luck.” This situation is getting more ugly by the day and it doesn’t seem like there is any end in sight and at this point his future in Ottawa is very much up in the air. With Ottawa looking to add another top-six forward, don’t be surprised to hear Wikstrand’s name surface in trade rumours. Brad Phillips

April 2015 – The 2014-15 season has been another step forward for Swedish defenseman Mikael Wikstrand. The mobile, two-way player has been counted on by second place Swedish Elite League team Frolunda to log big minutes on the blue line this season. In 46 games this season Wikstrand had 20 scoring points which placed him in the top 15 among defensemen in Sweden’s top league. Wikstrand is eligible to play in the AHL next season, where he will slot in as one of the teams top defensemen right away.  It may take some time to adjust to the North American style of play, but Wikstrand should be ahead of the curve given that he has played 65 professional games across the pond. Once he makes the jump to the AHL, fantasy owners should keep an eye on the offensive defenseman as he does have the talent to carve out an NHL career. The former late round pick could prove to be a diamond in the rough for the Senators moving forward. Kevin LeBlanc

September 2014 – Mikael Wikstrand is still a bit of a question mark for fantasy owners. The offensive-minded defensemen showed lots of positive attributes in the World Junior tournament with Sweden, moving the puck well and exhibiting strong defensive play in his own end. This player still has a few steps to take before he’s looked at for the NHL level, most notably adjusting to North American ice. But Wikstrand has lots of fantasy upside and has a good chance of seeing NHL action down the road. Nathan Martin

December 2013 – Mikael Wikstrand continues to develop his talents playing for Mora in the Allsvenskan league in Sweden.  Although the Sens have some good defensive prospects in their system (Cody Ceci, Mark Borowiecki, Chris Wideman and Troy Rutkowski), the Swede will still get a strong look for the big club. The only thing holding Wikstrand back at this point is his lack of experience on North American ice, something the Sens are very keen on for European prospects. Even Norris-winner Erik Karlsson had to spend time in the AHL before getting a permanent spot on the NHL roster.  How Wikstrand plays when he inevitably suits up for the Binghamton Senators will go a long way in deciding his chances of cracking the NHL. Nathan Martin

July 2012 – Wikstrand is a two-way defenseman with good size. While he has decent offensive tendencies, he projects as a bottom pairing, stay-at-home defenseman. In addition to playing 75 games for Mora in Sweden’s second division, Wikstrand has competed internationally for Sweden at the 2011 World U-18 Hockey Championship and has a good shot at earning a roster spot on his country’s squad for the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship. Evan Hotham


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 IFK Ore J18 J18 Div.1 14 0 4 4 6 |          
 2008-2009 Dalarna Rikspucken 9 0 3 3 4 |          
  IFK Ore J18 2 J18 Div.1 - - - - - |          
  IFK Ore J18 J18 Elit 9 0 2 2 31 | Qualification 1 1 1 2
  IFK Ore Division 3 3 0 0 0 - |          
 2009-2010 Mora IK J18 J18 Elit 17 7 10 17 18 |          
  Mora IK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 6 3 1 4 8 |          
  Mora IK J20 SuperElit 14 1 2 3 8 |          
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 3 0 1 1 0 |          
 2010-2011 Mora IK J18 J18 Elit 4 1 2 3 6 | Playoffs 3 1 3 4
  Mora IK J20 SuperElit 16 3 5 8 6 |          
  Mora IK Allsvenskan 28 0 1 1 6 | Kvalserien SHL 8 0 0 0
  Sweden U18 WJC-18 6 0 1 1 8 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 20 2 2 4 16 |          
 2011-2012 Mora IK J20 SuperElit 11 3 4 7 2 | Relegation 2 1 3 4
  Mora IK Allsvenskan 47 2 1 3 14 |          
  Sweden U19 (all) International-Jr 7 2 3 5 4 |          
 2012-2013 Mora IK J20 SuperElit 2 0 1 1 0 |          
  Mora IK Allsvenskan 45 11 14 25 35 |          
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 6 0 4 4 4 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 15 0 8 8 10 |          
 2013-2014 Mora IK Allsvenskan 27 4 16 20 14 |          
  Frölunda HC SHL 19 4 7 11 4 | Playoffs 7 1 1 2
  Frölunda HC ET 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Sweden (all) International 5 0 0 0 2 |          
 2014-2015 Frölunda HC SHL 46 5 15 20 10 | Playoffs 13 0 5 5
  Frölunda HC Champions HL 8 2 5 7 2 |          
 2015-2016 Färjestad BK Champions HL 3 0 1 1 2 |          
  Färjestad BK SHL 17 1 8 9 6 | Playoffs 5 0 3 3
  Sweden (all) International 2 0 0 0 0 |          
 2016-2017 Färjestad BK SHL 48 4 15 19 12 | Playoffs 7 2 3 5
  Färjestad BK Champions HL 3 0 0 0 2 |          
 2017-2018 Färjestad BK SHL 45 5 13 18 14 | Playoffs 6 1 0 1
  Sweden EHT 7 0 3 3 0 |          
  Sweden OG 4 2 1 3 0 |          
  Sweden WC 10 0 1 1 2 |          
  Sweden (all) International 26 2 9 11 2 |          
 2018-2019 Färjestad BK SHL 47 4 16 20 14 | Playoffs 14 0 2 2
  Sweden EHT 2 0 1 1 2 |          
  Sweden (all) International - - - - - |          
 2019-2020 Färjestad BK SHL - - - - - |          

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