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  1. cheerupmurray

    cheerupmurray Registered User

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    I thought it would be fun to look at each countries prospect pool like you usually do for every NHL-team. (post states or provinces prospect pool if you like) Lets say only players with less than 25 NHL-games counts that is 25 years old or below.

    Sweden

    Goalies: A pretty strong group. Traditionally Sweden have never been very good at developing goalies, but there will be quite a few swedes in AHL next year and some will serve as backups in NHL. Theres a lot of goalie prospects with size like Magnus Hellberg, Lindbäck and Anders Nilsson. The recent sucess in developing goalies probably have a lot to with the introduction of goalie coaches in swedish clubs.
    Top-5 Anders Lindbäck, Robin Lehner, Jacob Markström, Jhonas Enroth, Eddie Läck.

    D-men:
    Even with Erik Karlson and Victor Hedman and OEL graduating theres some interesting d-men left in the pool. It will be fun to see how the three Skellefteå d-men will do. Tim Erixon is a pretty solid prospect and Adam Larsson needs no introduction. It's hard to tell how David Rundblad will translate his game but he could be a impact player in the future. So theres d-men with a nice offensive upside and also a couple of shutdown d-men prospects with a mean streak, which isn't a common profile for a swedish d-man. Patrik Nemeth is a good example of that. Most of the good swedish d-prospects is born 1990 or later, theres not a lot of promising guys 21-25 years old.
    Top-5: Adam Larsson, David Rundblad, Tim Erixon, Jonas Brodin, Mattias Ekholm

    Wingers: This is probably the weakest spot in the swedish prospect pool with Pääjärvi and Tedenby lost to graduation. Theres a lot of guys that could be really good, but very few that is a sure thing. With other words there a lot of depth but few highend guys. Gabriel Landeskog is of course the star in this group and have a good chance of being a regular this season. The winger I am most excited about is Jakob Silfverberg that at this point at least have taken a big step every season

    Top-5 Gabriel Landeskog, Jakob Silfverberg, Anton Rödin, Gustav Nyquist, Jesper Fasth

    Centers: A fairly strong potition which is nice since swedens center depth haven't been that great lately. Josefson and Marcus Johansson lost to graduation still leaves both centers with high end skill like Järnkrok, centers with a great defensive game like Lander and centers with grit like Zibanejad.

    Top-5 Calle Järnkrok, Mika Zibanejad, Marcus Krüger, Anton Lander, Johan Larsson

    Overall: The prospect pool is pretty deep compared to what we usually have. Theres perhaps no mindblowing prospect but a fair amount of quality ones.
     
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    Canada
    Goalies:
    Well goalies for Canada isn’t the strongest IMO but that doesn’t mean they still don’t have good prospects. Jake Allen had a great year last year in Peroria, Calvin Pickard looks like one of the top goalies in junior right now, Oliver Roy looks like a good goalie prospect, Mark Visentin looks like he can potentially replace Bryz one day, Matt Hackett had a great year in Houston and an amazing playoff run (if memory is correct) and James Reimer had an amazing run with Toronto last year. Top 5 Reimer, Allen, Visentin, Hackett, Roy.
    D-men:
    Unlike the “thin” goalie crop the defense is great. Erik Gudbranson looks like a solid prospect, Brandon Gormely would have made team Canada last year if he wasn’t hurt, Calvin De Haan looks like he could be the Islanders future powerplay QB, Jared Cowan should be good next year in Ottawa, Marco Scandella had a rough first year but looks good, Travis Hamonic looked good with Islanders this year, Ryan Ellis, enough said, Nathan Beaulieu played great in the playoffs this year, Dougie Hamilton has great size, Ryan Murphy has amazing offensive pitential, haven’t seen Brendan Smith a lot but I’ve heard he’s very good, Dylan Mcilrath is years away but he’ll be a good tough guy, Simon Despres had a great playoffs with the Dogs last year and Ryan Murray looks like he could be a top 3 pick in next year’s draft. Top 5 Gudbranson, Ellis, Gormely, Smith, Cowen
    Wingers:
    Wingers aren’t the strongest category but not terrible. Zack Kassian looked good in the juniors but needs work, Carter Ashton had a good WJC and has a good two way game, Jordan Caron didn’t look that out of place with his call ups this season, Brett Connolly I found looked like he’s going to reward Tampa for taking him 6th in 2010, Matt Puempul is a pure sniper and could be in the next level, Phillip Danault is a pure agitator, Luke Adam had a great first pro year, Quentin Howden had a good world juniors and Brad Ross I’ve heard is Darcy Tucker. Top 5 Connolly, Kassian, Howden, Ross, Adam
    Centres:
    The centre position might be Canada’s best prospect pool. Brayden Schenn had a coming out party this year, Ryan Johansen looks like a solid prospect, Nazem Kadri played with Toronto quite a bit this year and is still young, Cody Hodgson looks like he’s finally coming out, Jaden Schwartz was great in the WJC until he got hurt, Zac Dalpe had a solid first pro year, Louis Leblanc looks like a good two way prospect, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’s vision has been compared to Gretzky’s, Jonathan Huberdeau had an amazing year, Ryan Strome, look at his goal, Sean Couturier slipped but still is a good two way prospect , Joey Hishon played well in the playoffs this year, Zach Phillips looks like a good playmaking centre, Patrice Cormier had an ok first pro year, Joe Colborne looks like he can be a good 2nd like centre one day, Cody Eakin had a great WJC and year and Scott Glennie may be moved to wing but looks like a good prospect.
    Overall it looks very deep especially in the defenseman and centre positions.
     
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    What about oscar klefbom?
     
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    nope
     
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    i've hear he's pretty good
     
  6. germany reider kuhnhackl noebels
     
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    not better than the guys listed in Swedens top 5 D
     

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