Dynamic offensive player with great speed and puck-handling ability. Needs to round out his game and get to the inside more consistently but he has NHL level skill.
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July 2022 – Östlund has been selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft, 16th overall. Nick Richard
December 2021 – Östlund has been a highly touted prospect in this class for some time but a disappointing performance at last summer’s Hlinka Gretzky Cup raised questions about his place among the top names in the 2022 draft. He has had a solid start to his season though, and his raw tools are still very intriguing.
The first thing that stands out about Östlund is his high-end skating ability and the pace at which he plays the game. He is a technically sound skater who can carve up the opposition as a puck carrier, weaving through checks in transition and dicing in and out of traffic off the cycle. Östlund has fantastic hands and is able to quickly string pass receptions into slick dekes which he layers on top of his agile skating stride, giving him an explosive element to his game. He shows good vision in the offensive zone but has a tendency to stick to the perimeter a bit too much, and though he can still manipulate defenses from the outside, getting to middle ice with the puck on his stick would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Östlund still has a lot of areas of his game that require refinement but his combination of skating, puck skills, and offensive awareness make him a worthy selection near the middle of the first round. Nick Richard
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|2018-2019||Södertälje SK U16 3||U16 Div.2||1||3||2||5||0||||
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