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An extremely smart and skilled offensive player with top-six upside. A pass-first type player with high-end playmaking abilities. A natural center but there are some concerns about his ability to play down the middle at the pro level. A difficult player to evaluate because he missed the entire 2018-2019 season due to knee injury.


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June 2023 – The 2020 second round pick struggled this past season registering just one point in 17 games with Rögle in the SHL. His struggles led to a demotion and he ended up playing 31 games in HockeyAllsvenskan with Modo. That’s a step back for the 21-year-old prospect. He did however register seven goals and 11 assists in the regular season. The center then added four goals and eight assists in 17 games during the postseason as Modo won the HockeyAllsvenskan playoffs. I do like his hands and his hockey IQ. He also plays a strong two way game and doesn’t look to be a defensive liability. However, I do worry that his skating and lack of speed will hurt him when he comes over to North America. Niederbach will be back in the SHL next season as Modo was promoted and he’s under contract with the team until after the 2024-25 season. He is not worthy of a fantasy roster stash at this time as his game is still a work in progress. Evan Sabourin

January 2021 – After a handful of Swedish players became unavailable due to COVID protocols, Niederbach was thrust into a prominent role centering Sweden’s top forward line with Alexander Holtz and fellow Red Wings prospect, Lucas Raymond. The 2020 second-round pick did not look out of place but was perhaps tasked with too much as an 18-year-old playing the role of number one center. Niederbach finished the tournament with two goals over five contests and will look to improve upon those totals at next year’s WJC, where he should be better prepared to take on such an important role. Nick Richard

December 2020 – Niederbach began the season playing in Sweden’s J20 Nationell league and quickly proved he was worthy of a greater challenge after registering 35 points in 19 games. He was subsequently called up to Frolunda’s SHL squad, joining fellow Detroit prospects Lucas Raymond and Elder Soderblom. He has played sparingly and scored just one goal through his first 11 games at the men’s level but he is one of several Red Wings prospects that will have a chance to put his skills on display for Sweden at the World Juniors later this month. Nick Richard

October 2020 – Niederbach was drafted 51st overall by the Red Wings. Niederbach is expected to spend another two or three years in Sweden before crossing the pond.  Jokke Nevalainen

May 2020 – Niederbach missed the entire 2018-2019 season with a knee injury but he managed to have a great 2019-2020 season despite that. He finished the season with 15 goals and 48 points in 40 SuperElit games. Most of his points were scored on the power play which is slightly concerning. But he hadn’t played hockey for a year, he had never played at the under-20 level before, and he spent most of the season playing on the third line on a stacked Frölunda J20 team, so it makes sense that his even strength production wasn’t as good. He definitely excels on the power play where there’s more room to maneuver and less physical battling. At even strength, Niederbach was a little soft and clearly lacked strength to battle consistently even at the junior level. But those are likely caused by the missed season and not a long-term concern. Niederbach is an extremely smart and skilled offensive player. He is a natural playmaker which is why he’s more effective at center, although he has played a bit on the wing as well. He has high-end passing skills and vision, and he’s very creative with the puck. He is also a very good skater, and he will get even better once he adds some power to his legs. All those tools give him top-six upside. Niederbach’s defensive game is a bit of a concern right now, especially if he wants to stay at center. But taking the missed season and his hockey smarts into consideration, there are reasons to believe it will get better. Niederbach is a bit of a project who will likely spend another year on the Frölunda junior team before pushing for a spot on their SHL roster. It might take him three or four years before he’s pushing for an NHL job. Because of the missed season, he is about one year behind in development compared to his peers. But Niederbach’s long-term potential is very high. He’s currently projected to be drafted in the second round but he could end up being one of the top 20 players from this draft class.  Jokke Nevalainen

Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 5.5
Country SWE
Position C
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth February 25, 2002
Height 5‘11”
Weight 172 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 2; Overall: 51


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Sweden Selects U13WSI U139 3 58 2|        
 2015-2016 Sweden Selects U14WSI U148 0 44 6|        
 2016-2017 ÅngermanlandTV-Pucken6 0 00 0|        
  KB65 HK U16U16 Div.1- - -- -|Playoffs QC4 3 03
  KB65 HK J18J18 Div.115 23 2043 4|        
 2017-2018 ÅngermanlandTV-Pucken6 5 16 6|        
  KB65 HK U16U16 Region24 38 3573 32|Playoffs QC3 4 26
  KB65 HK U16U16 SM6 8 412 8|        
  Sweden U16 (all)International-Jr9 5 16 2|        
 2018-2019 Frölunda HC J18J18 Region0 0 00 0|        
 2019-2020 Frölunda HC J18J18 Region7 7 411 27|        
  Frölunda HC J18J18 Nationell7 4 610 4|Playoffs1 2 24
  Frölunda HC J20J20 Nationell40 15 3348 12|        
  Sweden U18 (all)International-Jr8 4 37 0|        
 2020-2021 Frölunda HC J20J20 Nationell19 13 2235 8|        
  Frölunda HCSHL20 3 25 2|Playoffs7 0 11
  MoDo HockeyHockeyAllsvenskan15 3 69 6|        
  Sweden U20WJC-205 2 02 0|        
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr5 2 02 0|        
 2021-2022 Frölunda HCSHL51 9 716 12|Playoffs9 1 23
  Frölunda HCChampions HL11 1 34 0|        
  Sweden U20 (all)WJC-20 Cancelled2 2 02 0|        
  Sweden U20WJC-207 1 34 29|        
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr18 5 611 33|        
 2022-2023 Rögle BKSHL17 1 01 2|        
  Rögle BKChampions HL6 0 00 4|        
  MoDo HockeyHockeyAllsvenskan31 7 1118 31|Qualification17 4 812
 2023-2024 MoDo HockeySHL47 6 713 31|        
 2024-2025 MoDo HockeySHL- - -- -|