Top 10 Swedish prospects?

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  1. Rez

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    Just wondering who the top 10 or so Swedish prospects are right now? As a North American, I really don't hear much about the current prospects outside of Bergfors.

    Thanks.

    EDIT: Also, wanted to add a bit of a sidebar. I know Nik Backstrom hasn't been drafted yet, but how good is he expected to be?
     
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    Christophr Heino!! :propeller
     
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    I have no idea who he is...
     
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    Among drafted prospects, I'd say something like this:
    1. Henrik Lundqvist (NY Rangers) (although I guess, pretty much graduated by now)
    2. Nicklas Bergfors (New Jersey)
    3. Alexander Steen (Toronto) (pretty much graduated)
    4. Robert Nilsson (NY Islanders)
    5. Carl Söderberg (St. Louis)
    6. Loui Eriksson (Dallas)
    7. Nicklas Grossman (Dallas)
    8. Johan Fransson (Dallas)
    9. Johan Ryno (Detroit)
    10. Jonas Nordquist (Chicago)

    Nicklas Bäckström would have been #2 behind Lundqvist had he been drafted. Mikael Backlund (born 1989) would have been #1 or #2 if he had been drafted.
     
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    Thanks for your insights, Predatore.

    I noticed you didn't include Johannes Salmonsson on your list. I recall him being a pretty big stud about a year ago, but I checked his latest stats and they don't seem very impressive. What happened to him?
     
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    he has been struggling with his game in North America and having some problems adjusting to the game, I have heard. Ironically, he had a monster performance tonight scoring a goal and three assist. I could have easily had Salmonsson (who had a great WJC tournament a few weeks ago) No. 10, so consider him being about there in my (personal) ranking.
     
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    Habs prospect goalie , made the WJC for sweden last year
     
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    Joakim Lindstrom just signed a pro contract with the Jackets, he could be making his NHL debut any game now. What do you see his NHL future as?
     
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    No Umicevic? Is that because you don't consider him Swedish or because you just don't think he's top 10?
     
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    Joakim Lindström ... should be around the top 10-15 or so, IMO. I hope to see him pan out as a second or third liner that chips in offensively.

    Dragan Umicevic... I was hoping for a breakout season, but he has been pretty mediocre IMO (just like the whole team). I question his desire. Which is why I do not have him in the top 10.
     
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    I would have thouhght many others have surpassed Fransson by now..seems to me hes been quite an under achiever.
     
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    Ok, fair enough. It looked to me (by just his stats, though) that he was coming along nicely. It looks like he's doing as well as last year, but on a bad team with no Jokinen.
     
  13. Two of my favorite Swede prospects aren't on this list.

    Niklas Hjalmarsson and Frederik Pettersson.

    Can anyone tell me how they're doing this season?
     
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    You guys dont know Christopher Heino yet, but i have seen him and hes quick. Should play a good role in the NHL some day. Ive talked to him in person, real nice guy too
     
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    yay for bergfors :)
     
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    Hey Predatore, could you tell me how washingtons swedish prospects are doing?
     
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    Predatore: What kind of NHL player does Carl Soderberg figure to be? A 2nd liner?
     
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    Loui Eriksson lead the Swedish prospects in goal 15 + assist 14 = 29 points, he has been one of the stars more than 10 games, ha has been nominated to the player of the month in AHL oct 2005 and jan 2006.
     
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    Don't know about Pettersson but Hjalmarsson has been injured the whole season, he is expected to be back in 3-4 weeks I think I read. He has a contract with HV71 until 2007.
     
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    Fredrik Pettersson has been a nice offensive producer for Calgary Hitmen at least.
     
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    I believe he got another 2 points yesterday...started slow but i think hes starting to come around.

    One player I thought i would see his name here is Oduya... perhaps someone who knows more about him can say where theyd put him on this list.
     
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    He has not had a great season, that is correct. Upside is still great though, although he is definitely not a safe pick/bet to make it. I hope to see him get an offensive breakthrough in the SEL next season.

    Not seen Pettersson this season, but I have been hearing he has been offensively rather dominant with the Calgary Flames. I guess he could be putting up some serious numbers next year. Niklas Hjalmarsson was great before he got injured, which was like after 5 games... IMO a lock on next year's WJC team.

    Heino is a very good prospect, but he is in a tough spot. The back-up on a good SEL team with a very capable starting goaltender that is not going anywhere. I hope the Habs sign him and let him play in the AHL.

    Defenseman Johnny Oduya is heading to the NHL. He has told Frölunda's management that he wants to play in the NA next season. Oduya has had a strong season and played convincingly in the SEL as well as on the national team. Should have a good shot at becoming a regular NHL defenseman IMO. If he cannot translate his offensive game on the other side of the pond, he should do just as fine as a stay-at-home defenseman.

    Second liner sounds about right. Some nights, however, you start to wonder if his ceiling could be greater than that even. Söderberg can be very dominant at times. Will be playing either SEL or AHL next season, I think. SEL if his team gets promoted from the second tier league, AHL if they fail.

    About No. 15 or so, I think.
     
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    Oduya seems like a 3rd pairing projection to me. Maybe better if his offense comes along. I was hoping to get some response from Predatore on one other Cap prospect and one former Caps son. What can you tell me about Oscar Hedman. Does he have the size and grit to play in the NHL at 6'0? Also, can you give me the skinny on Bengt Gustafsson's son. Bengt was one of the best stickhandlers I have ever seen and a great Cap!
     
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    Backstrom questions

    Can you tell me if he translates well to the NHL? The Caps will draft 3-5 and I know Caps scout Ross Mahoney was scouting Backstrom recently. Is he a great skater? Power player? How would he do on a line with Ovechkin and Zubrus? Thanks! Also, would he be difficult to sign? The Caps are looking for someone to compete in camp, imho.
     
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    Thanx Predatore for taking the time to respond to these questions :handclap:
     
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