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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.


Observations

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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

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

Stats

 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 Allsvenskan7 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 Nationell7 3 1013 4|        
  Frölunda HCSHL- - -- -|        

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