Zion Nybeck

2020 NHL Draft
Photo courtesy of HV71.se

Fantasy Summary

A small offensive winger with great skating ability, hockey sense and hands. A very good wrist shot as well. Gives great effort in all situations and isn’t afraid of the dirty areas of the ice. Top-six potential and high-end offensive upside.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 3.0
Country SWE
Position LW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 12, 2002
Height 5‘8”
Weight 176 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

February 2020 – Nybeck has had an incredible season in J20 SuperElit where his 50 points in 34 games leads the league. His points-per-game average puts him sixth in the league and first among under-18 players, and his 17 goals puts him third among under-18 players and 11th league-wide. No matter how you look at it, he’s had an incredible season as a 17-year-old. Nybeck has also performed very well in international events with Sweden’s U18 team where he usually plays a top-six role with power play time. On top of that, he has also gotten a few SHL games under his belt but his average ice time in those games is below two minutes, so he’s mostly just sitting on the bench there.

It is not even a little bit surprising that Nybeck is having a great season. He already posted 43 points in 35 games last season in the same league, and he also played very well with Sweden’s U18 team. Nybeck’s game has been progressing steadily, and it’s only a matter of time before he starts to get real ice time at the SHL level. That may not happen this season but should happen in 2020-2021. In April, Nybeck is expected to play a major role for Sweden at the U18 Worlds.

Nybeck is a great skater who has a deadly combination of speed and quickness. He is always on the move and giving great effort which makes it look like he’s everywhere. He is a very effective forechecker and backchecker. He is a very smart and creative offensive player who can execute difficult plays because of his excellent hands. On top of that, he also has a very good wrist shot. The only knock against Nybeck seems to be his size. At 5-foot-8, he always has to prove himself over and over again. But he is not afraid to go to the dirty areas of the ice, and he can throw a good hit when it’s needed. Nybeck has all the talents of a top 20 pick but may end up sliding all the way to the second round because of his size.  Jokke Nevalainen


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Alvesta SK U16 U16 Div.2 18 32 35 67 14 |          
 2016-2017 Småland TV-Pucken 6 3 1 4 2 |          
  Alvesta SK U16 U16 Div.1 2 4 1 5 0 |          
  Sweden Selects U15 WSI U15 6 2 6 8 2 |          
  Alvesta SK J18 J18 Div.2 2 6 2 8 4 | Qualification 4 5 4 9
  Alvesta SK J20 J20 Div.1 12 15 10 25 10 | Qualification 4 2 1 3
  Alvesta SK Division 2 25 11 7 18 12 |          
 2017-2018 Alvesta SK U16 U16 Div.1 4 8 4 12 6 | Playoffs QC 8 12 7 19 33 
  Småland TV-Pucken 11 9 12 21 4 |          
  Alvesta SK U16 U16 SM 3 1 6 7 4 |          
  Alvesta SK J18 J18 Div.2 0 0 0 0 0 | Qualification 4 11 6 17
  Alvesta SK J20 J20 Div.1 3 5 8 13 0 |          
  Alvesta SK Division 2 25 15 16 31 6 |          
  HV71 J18 J18 Allsvenskan 2 1 0 1 0 |          
  Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 3 2 3 5 0 |          
 2018-2019 HV71 J18 J18 Elit 11 11 7 18 6 |          
  HV71 J18 J18 Allsvenskan 3 6 0 6 0 | Playoffs 4 1 1 2
  HV71 J20 SuperElit 35 17 26 43 0 | Playoffs 3 1 0 1
  Sweden U17 WHC-17 6 3 0 3 0 |          
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 10 4 2 6 0 |          
  Sweden U18 WJC-18 7 2 3 5 2 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 12 4 6 10 2 |          
 2019-2020 HV71 J18 J18 Elit 4 6 4 10 4 |          
  HV71 J20 SuperElit 42 27 39 66 28 |          
  HV71 SHL 15 1 0 1 0 |          
  Sweden U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 1 3 4 14 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 13 2 10 12 6 |          
 2020-2021 HV71 J20 SuperElit - - - - - |          
  HV71 SHL - - - - - |          

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