Theodor Niederbach

2020 NHL Draft
Photo courtesy of FrolundaIndians.com

Fantasy Summary

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.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 3.0
Country SWE
Position C
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth February 25, 2002
Height 5‘11”
Weight 172 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Sweden Selects U13 WSI U13 9 3 5 8 2 |          
 2015-2016 Sweden Selects U14 WSI U14 8 0 4 4 6 |          
 2016-2017 Ångermanland TV-Pucken 6 0 0 0 0 |          
  KB65 HK U16 U16 Div.1 - - - - - | Playoffs QC 4 3 0 3
  KB65 HK J18 J18 Div.1 15 23 20 43 4 |          
 2017-2018 Ångermanland TV-Pucken 6 5 1 6 6 |          
  KB65 HK U16 U16 Elit 24 38 35 73 32 | Playoffs QC 3 4 2 6
  KB65 HK U16 U16 SM 6 8 4 12 8 |          
  Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 9 5 1 6 2 |          
 2018-2019 Frölunda HC J18 J18 Elit 0 0 0 0 0 |          
 2019-2020 Frölunda HC J18 J18 Elit 7 7 4 11 27 |          
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Allsvenskan 7 4 6 10 4 | Playoffs 1 2 2 4
  Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 40 15 33 48 12 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 8 4 3 7 0 |          
 2020-2021 Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit - - - - - |          

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