Jimmy Hamrin – Scouting Sweden for the 2016 Draft (Dahlen, Gustavsson, Grundstrom, Lindstrom, Bratt)

Jonathan Dahlén – Scouting report
Bio:
Team: Timra IK, Allsvenskan (2nd league) Draft status: 2016 eligible
Position: LW
To date stats:
Regular season: 51 GP, 15 G, 14 A, 29 Pts, 8 PIMs
Playoffs: 5 GP, 6 G, 1 A, 7 Pts, 2 PIMs
Shoots: L
Height/Weight: 5’11”, 176 lbs.

Characteristics:
Skating:
An agile skater who can fool the defense with quick, surprising turns. He has big upside in his ability to quickly get himself and the puck from the boards to a great shooting position. His top speed was an issue during the start of the season but improved greatly throughout the season. He went from a player who almost only created offense in the offensive zone to one who could start his team’s attack and drive the puck through all three zones.
Grade: 55
Shooting:
He’s more of a shooter than a passer. Quick release from almost any angle and he shoots accurately. He doesn’t shoot particularly hard. Most often he needs to be within the circles to score. Pretty good at one-timing the puck.
Grade: 55
Puck skills:
He adds great hands to his agile skating and can create something out of what seems to be nothing. He seems to always know what to do with the puck and rarely puts his team in trouble trying to be overly creative or sloppy. He can play simple when it’s needed and he also makes creative and simple plays that opens up a lot of space for his teammates. He scored some goals when he deked his way through the whole defense and scored. He has above average puck control and is a good passer of the puck. He rarely makes mistakes with the puck and has creative solutions in tight areas. He has good hand-eye coordination.
Grade: 65

Smarts:
He has great vision for the game, especially in the offensive end. He is really good at finding open ice and getting himself into scoring positions. Most often he seems to know where his opponents and teammates are and what they are doing. He puts himself in positions where he is easy to find for a pass. He reads the play well in both his backchecking and forechecking. Under the pressure in the defensive zone he can still be a bit offensive minded sometimes but has great work ethic. He is a player that doesn’t wait around for things to happen, he makes them happen.
Grade: 60
Physicality:
He is not a big player and he is not physical but he has good balance with the puck. He looks bodily for his age to be a late bloomer so maybe he will get a bit bigger. At this stage, to beat his opponents he needs to use his smarts, skills and agility. He can’t beat them with pure strength and I think it will be that way when he is fully grown as well. On the plus side he’s not afraid to go in to the battles and try to win the puck and he is strong on puck in high traffic.
Grade: 40
General assessment:
Dahlén is a constant threat for defenders with his great vision, agility, puck skills and quick and accurate wrist shot. He developed greatly during this season and I think he can be a surprise first round pick that turns out well. He was a 17/18 year-old who played all season against men in the second highest league in Sweden. He was the top scorer on a low scoring team and led the team in a comeback from behind to make the playoffs. Outside of these characteristics he is a mature young kid with leadership qualities. He seems to handle pressure well and performed his best hockey during his team’s playoff run. He needs to keep developing all his assets of course but especially add more muscle and a bit more speed to be able to do the things he does so well today on a top 6 role in an NHL-team.
Overall Future Projection: 56.75

Filip Gustavsson – Scouting report
Bio:
Team: Luleå HF, J20 SuperElit and SHL. Draft status: 2016 eligible
Position: G
To date stats:
Regular season:
J20 20 GP, 3,22 GAA, .893 SVP
SHL 6 GP, 2,17 GAA, .910 SVP
Catches: L
Height/Weight: 6’2”, 185 lbs.

Characteristics:
Athleticism
He is not the type of goalie that can challenge the best shooters with big athletic highlight-looking saves but he moves smoothly when he gets up and down from his knees and through the crease on his knees.
Grade: 50
Quickness/Speed
He is not slow but this is an area for improvement. When he is forced to move quickly post to post to make a save he has trouble of getting all of his body into full saving position. My feeling is that when he makes the save in those tough movements it’s more that he reads the play well rather than a quick and agile late reaction to a surprising bounce.
Grade: 45
Compete/Temperament
He is very calm and has shown great composure as a 17 year-old playing in the top men’s league in Sweden. If he lets a bad goal go by him he continues to play his game and doesn’t try to overcompensate by being overly aggressive to the shooter. He has also shown the ability to step up in big tournaments with the national U18 team.
Grade: 55
Vision/Reading Play
This is his greatest asset as a goalie. He reads the shooters well, he’s very often in the right position to make a save and he is a good at poking the puck from the attackers. He is tough to outsmart for the shooters.
Grade: 60
Technique/Style
He is consistent and a typical modern butterfly. He is often down on his knees with his arms and gloves tight to his body to make his body bigger. Blocks better on low shots than on high shots. Uses his size well and plays from the goalline to the top of the crease. Rarely makes saves outside the crease, which is smart since he’s not a very quick or athletic goalie.
Grade: 60.
Rebound Control
He is still more of a blocker than a catcher but he’s also often in right position which gives him the opportunity to steer the rebounds to the corners or in the no danger zones. He is good with both his glove and stick when the puck is loose the crease.
Grade: 50
Puck Handling
He tend to be a bit over constructive. He can make great plays offensive plays but he also makes some mistakes with the puck outside the crease.
Grade: 50
General assessment:
Gustavsson is the best Swedish goalie prospect in the upcoming draft. He has already played more than a handful games in the SHL and performed well at that level. His vision seems to do him better when he gets to a higher level where the game is more structured. I can’t yet see a potential of becoming an elite goaltender in the NHL, though. He mostly needs to get much quicker and more agile to control the speed of today’s NHL game. His vision is an upside and he is still very young. I could see him go somewhere in the 2-4 rounds of the draft depending how willingly the teams are on drafting goalies this year.
Overall Future Projection: 53.25

Carl Grundström – Scouting report
Bio:
Team: Modo, SHL Draft status: 2016 eligible
Position: LW
To date stats:
Regular season: 49 GP, 7 G, 9 A, 16 Pts, 53 PIMs
Relegation: 7 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 Pts, 6 PIMs
Shoots: L
Height/Weight: 6’0”, 194 lbs.

Characteristics:
Skating:
A strong skater. He has a nice stride to his skating. He can beat opponents to the puck without using too much energy. His balance is top notch and he has good agility. He accelerates well but the top speed isn’t elite.
Grade: 55
Shooting:
His shot could use some improvement. He does not have a particularly hard shot and he rarely beats goalies outside the slot. He is a pretty good goalscorer though. He shoots pretty fast, he likes to shoot the puck and he is good at getting the puck to the net.
Grade: 50
Puck skills:
He is really good with the puck around the net and along the boards. He has great control of the puck in high traffic areas. He rarely uses flashy creative moves but he is very effective and tough to contain when he gets inside the slot with his great control of the puck and agile skating. Most often he tries to get the puck to the net but can sometimes surprise with a nice open pass in the offensive zone as well. He’s not a player who drives an attack from his own zone or setting up power plays.
Grade: 55

Smarts:
Grundström has good offensive awareness. He has the ability to skate were the puck is heading and he often gets the puck when has the speed to do something good with it. He has also shown to have a good work ethic and can play a more defensive role in a team, like he did at the world juniors. I do believe he sees himself as an offensive player first hand but if his skill set doesn’t turn out to be enough to play in a top role he could be transformed into more of a role player and still get the job done.
Grade: 55
Physicality:
For a 17/18 year old playing against men in one the top leagues in Europe, he has shown to be really strong in the physical aspect of the game. He’s at his best when he gets in to the offensive zone with the puck and beats grown men on the inside, crashes the net and moves by the goalie to put the puck in the net. He is already strong along the boards and wins a lot of loose pucks. He led his team in hits with 75 in 49 games in the regular season in the SHL.
Grade: 60
General assessment:
Grundström is a power forward in the making. I can see him becoming either a great compliment on a topline with two more skilled players or in a checking role. His abilities in front and around the crease makes me believe more in the complimentary role than the checking role. He is a good draft option as a second or third rounder because you know what you will be getting. He has the potential to become a regular NHL player but not certain enough that he has the elite potential teams look for in the first round.
Overall Future Projection: 54.25

Linus Lindström – Scouting report
Bio:
Team: Skellefteå, J20 SuperElit Draft status: 2016 eligible
Position: C
To date stats:
Regular season: 40 GP, 14 G, 30 A, 44 Pts, 28 PIMs
Playoff: 6 GP, 5 G, 5 A, 10 Pts, 0 PIMs
Shoots: L
Height/Weight: 5’11”, 168 lbs.

Characteristics:
Skating:
He is an average skater. He is pretty good at maintaining speed and has good agility. He could work on his technique and needs to accelerate quicker. He drills his head down and uses a lot of energy in his legs to get the speed he needs.
Grade: 45
Shooting:
Not a particularly dangerous scorer and more of a passer than a shooter. He possesses a good wrist shot and he can shoot quickly and in tight areas. He was the best goalscorer in his team in the J20 playoffs were he put up 5 goals on 21 shots (also team leading) in 6 games leading his team to a silver medal.
Grade: 45

Puck skills:
He has good playmaking skills and is a good passer of the puck. He makes a lot of smart plays with the puck. His puck control is good as well. On the other hand, he rarely dekes or make mind blowing creative plays. He plays a pretty simple but smart style with the puck and makes good things happen for his team. He is also very reliable on faceoffs, where he wins most faceoffs on good puck skills rather than strength.
Grade: 50

Smarts:
Clearly his best asset as a player. He works hard and seems to almost always put himself in a good position to help his teammates. He is reliable in both setting up a power play and working a penalty kill. He is an often easy target to pass the puck to and he backchecks really well at the centre of the ice. In the offensive zone he goes were the puck is heading and often reads the play better than the defenders. He has made some nice behind the back passes as well.
Grade: 65
Physicality:
A weakness in his game which probably scares a lot of the scouts away. He is still thin though and can gain a lot of strength if he keeps training hard. He is pretty competitive and doesn’t shy away from the harder plays, although he has a problem in that he often doesn’t win those battles against the stronger players.
Grade: 40
General assessment:
Lindström is a really good junior player and has a great chance to be in the Swedish world junior roster as an underage player next season. He was the best forward on his Skellefteå junior team but didn’t get more than 4 games in the SHL. There are two big reasons for that, for one Skellefteå has a great team which won the regular season in SHL but on the other hand is the issue of his physical weaknesses. He is a great Swedish prospect but I’m not sure if he ever is going to be a fulltime NHL-player. Besides the size I don’t believe his offensive edge is at an elite talent level. In style I think he is pretty similar to Marcus Krüger. I see Lindström as a later round draft pick that if he gets stronger could be a really good pick since he’s such a smart player that can be used on various roles on a team and be successful.
Overall Future Projection: 50.75

Jesper Bratt – Scouting report
Bio:
Team: AIK, Allsvenskan (2nd league) Draft status: 2016 eligible
Position: LW/RW
To date stats:
Regular season: 48 GP, 8 G, 9 A, 17 Pts, 6 PIMs
Playoff: 10 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 Pts, 4 PIMs
Shoots: L
Height/Weight: 5’10”, 174 lbs.

Characteristics:
Skating:
Bratt really stands out with his speed on the ice. He accelerates fast and is quick and agile. He has great balance as well. He beats his opponents with his speed and is tough to catch if you let him slip by. He is almost as fast with the puck than without the puck.
Grade: 65
Shooting:
As for everything with Bratt the best thing is his quickness. He has a quick release on his shot which he can use from many different angles. Most often he uses his wrist shot. He still needs to work on his effectiveness and to get himself into more scoring chances. I would want him to shoot the puck more often.
Grade: 50

Puck skills:
He has great control over the puck when he travels the ice in high speed. He has good moves that combines well with his speed that he constantly uses to challenge the defense. He has great stickhandling abilities. Most often he likes to carry the puck but in tight situation and near the goal he has been shown to deliver nice creative passes to set up his teammates.
Grade: 55

Smarts:
He has a good offensive mind for the game. He finds open ice and reads the game well. He uses his speed to forecheck and backcheck well. On the downside sometimes he carries the puck too much and he could be more effective if he could vary his play with more simple plays as well. He is good defensively but still can be a bit unpolished in his defensive game and can sometimes be caught on the wrong side of the puck.
Grade: 50
Physicality:
There is nothing wrong with his competitive spirit. He is not afraid to get his hands dirty and goes in to hard traffic areas with his speed and is good at retrieving the puck. An area of concern is the fact that he is a smaller sized forward who carries the puck a lot. Bigger and smart defensemen with good gap control can easily steer him to the outside of the defense where he is less of a threat. He could also work more on his consistency. Some games he looks hot every shift and in other games he is invincible.
Grade: 35
General assessment:
Jesper Bratt is a great Swedish prospect with NHL potential but needs to get more effective to reach it. Bratt is the kind of player that is entertaining to watch and can really stand out in games. But when it’s all said and done he was “only” 13th in points on his team in the regular season and had no points in the post season. Sure, he played with and against grown men as a 17 year-old the whole season but in the U18 world juniors he was only ranked 7th in points on the Swedish team. There is no question that Bratt has great potential but there are yet question marks on how he will be able to compensate for his lack of size with his speed and skills to become a strong offensive player in the future. For the NHL draft I see him going somewhere in the second half of the draft.
Overall Future Projection: 53.5

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