||06-22-2012 03:55 PM
With the 43rd overall pick, from MODO in Sweden, Dallas selects Ludvig Byström.
Height: 6' 0.75"
Weight: 169 lbs.
Wing Span: 75.5" inches
Birthday: July 20th, 1994
MODO J18: 1GP - 1G - 0A - 1PTS - 2PIM (0)
Playoffs: 1GP - 0G - 0A - 0PTS - 10PIM (-2)
MODO J20: 34GP - 7G - 22A - 29PTS - 101PIM - (+2)
Playoffs: 8GP - 1G - 3A - 4PTS - 4PIM - (-5)
MODO Elitserien: 20GP - 0G - 1A - 1PTS - 8PIM - (+2)
Playoffs: 1GP - 0G - 0A - 0PTS - 0PIM - ( 0)
WJC-18: 6GP - 0G - 1A - 1PTS - 2PIMT - (-1)
Ranked 34th in Bob McKenzie's Final Rankings
Ludvig has the attributes to be a very good two-way defenseman once he has physically matured. His skating is very good, possessing very good mobility and agility which allows him to be elusive when pressured and helps him play defensive situations without being vulnerable. His sense is excellent and he gets to the right spots on the ice to make a play and he has very good poise with the puck. Offensively, he sees the play, passes very well and creates opportunities for his team. Defensively, he competes 1-1 with good positioning and is very adept at not allowing himself to get overwhelmed. He uses his body well, is willing to engage physically and doesn't take a backseat when the game becomes more physical. His willingness exceeds his capabilities in this area because of the lack of strength but once that develops, he has the capability to make this more of a factor in his game. He has shown the ability to raise the level of his game when required and has a lot of growth ahead which should allow him to reach his potential.
A smooth skating and puck moving defenseman with great smarts. Has impressive positioning both offensively and defensively. Very good decision making. Fairly good release and passing game. Not overly flashy, but consistent and a team player. Has an edge to his game and gets involved in the rough stuff. Skilled offensively.
April 27th, 2012 - The Last Word
May 16th, 2010 - Ranked 20th by Corey Pronman
Bystrom has been extremely impressive at the international level for Sweden. He was a key component of Sweden’s 2011 Ivan Hlinka Team which won the Silver Medal, the 2012 Five Nations Team which won Gold, and the 2012 IIHF Under 18 World Championship Team which won silver. He has also gained valuable experience playing against men in 20 games for Modo in the Swedish Elitserien.
Bystrom has a ton of offensive potential. He is a very good skater, extremely agile and mobile. Bystrom has good work on his edges, excellent pivots and changes of direction, and very good balance. His top speed is above average. Bystrom is a good stickhandler and a creative player in the offensive zone, and when joining the rush. He is a great passer with excellent vision, and is very good at distributing the puck, especially on the PP. One criticism is that we don’t think Bystrom shoots the puck enough. He is always looking to pass and this limits his effectiveness to a certain extent as opponents have realized that this is his game. Even when he does shoot, he will need some time to develop a harder slapshot.
Defensively Bystrom plays a game that relies on stick-checking opponents and using his great skating to stay in the right position in order to stop opponents. While Bystrom doesn’t shy away from physical contact initiated by opponents, he’s not known as a big hitter. When we first saw Bystrom at the 2011 Hlinka Tournament we noticed that he had a tendency to chase the puck too much and take himself out of position. However, our more recent viewings at the Under-18 World Championship indicate a player who has learned to play a very sound positional game, and has developped his defensive hockey sense and instincts. His quick skating and good passing also help him defensively, as he gets to loose pucks and quickly starts the transition game, removing the puck from his own zone.
Bystrom has progressed a lot this year, however he is still a bit of a work in progress. We do think he has a very high ceiling though, and we feel he could develop into a player similar to Tomas Kaberle currently of the Montreal Canadiens. We note that this projection is more of what Kaberle looked like in his prime with the Toronto Maple Leafs, than it is Kaberle today.
June 8th, 2012 - New England Hockey Journal
20. Ludvig Bystrom, Defense, MODO-SEL
Bystrom is a pretty advanced puck-moving defenseman who earned very limited minutes in the SEL this year but really showed his potential to log significant two-way time during international events. His hockey sense is pretty high-end and is evident when you watch him play as he makes so many simple, smart plays consistently all over the ice while displaying a flashy element to his game as well. Bystrom is an effective defender who uses his stick well, is always in the right position, and works hard in the physical element of the game. He isn't that effective in the latter, as he's a little short for a defenseman and really lacks strength, and he looks like he will be around replacement level in the physical game in the NHL. Bystrom is at his best when he has the puck, as he is so poised and instinctive. He has a very low panic threshold and really knows how to evade checkers, find his outlets through tight steams, and if he has a short window to make a play, he normally is able to execute. He does have good puck skills as well and some creativity from the point, but those elements of his game aren't truly dangerous. As mentioned previously, his offensive value is derived from his sense. Bystrom is a fine skater who moves around well for a defenseman and he can join the rush with moderate effectiveness with good bursts of acceleration.
June 15th, 2012 - The Next Ones
Byström has good size at 6-foot-1 and about 200 pounds and is pretty mobile, with the ability to advance the puck. His real strengths lie in his skill at getting back quickly to retrieve the puck and then transition back on offense. A crisp passer, Byström also shows the patience and poise that all effective puck-movers possess.
A blueliner with MoDo’s J20 and senior teams, Byström has enough of an upside (29 points in 34 J20 games) to warrant a close look in the opening round. Although he isn’t flashy, he’s smart and effective in all zones.
Unfortunately for Byström, his season may have peaked over the summer, when he was one of the best players in the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Slovakia. He struggles at times to play effective positional defense and needs to guard against trying to do too much.
“I really liked him last August and I give him credit for making the elite league roster,” said an NHL scout with an Eastern Conference team. “He was just okay for me during the season, but I think when you look at his smooth skating and complete body of work, he could turn out to be a solid No. 2 or 3 someday."
David Burstyn (McKeen’s Hockey):
“Byström split time with the Junior team and the Elitserien team in MODO. As a junior he was one of the better players in the league and amongst his peer group he was a fixture on each of Sweden’s International tournaments this year. Byström played sparingly in MODO (SEL) and was used more as an injury call up than that of a regular player. His strengths lie in his ability to play a calm game with the puck and not hurry his decisions. He has an exceptional first pass and does an outstanding job of disguising his movements to throw off the opposition. Byström has a fluid and graceful skating stride and a quick first step that allows him to easily jump into the play. He is capable of manning a PP but his shot is not over powering rather it is his puck distribution skills that makes him a threat to manufacture offence. Byström shows some confidence in the physical aspect of the game in defensive situations but needs to be more assertive in terms of positioning and maintaining his gap control. Byström‘s calculated style of play has value at the NHL level.”Uffe Bodin, HockeySverige.se:
“Ludvig Byström is a smooth-skating d-man who is a good problem solver and has good smarts with the puck. He can deliver really good outlet passes tape to tape. I watched him a few times in the SEL, where he was dressed about 20 games this season. I was impressed with the poise he showed at the big stage in Sweden. He played a more mature game against men than he did against players of his own age. When I’ve seen him with MODO’s junior team, I’ve felt he has tried to do too much at times, which led to some mistakes in his own end.”
Radoslav Vavřina (Blogger/Reporter, hcbilitygri.cz):
“If you are looking for someone who might become the next Erik Karlsson, Byström is the player for you. You might be able to get him as deep as in the third round, because (I hate to say it) he was a dud at the last U-18 WJC. Even though he didn’t post the best numbers at the event, his presence was still the key for Swedish easy-to-penetrate-through defence, but I’d say all the NHL scouts will note that he didn’t show his potential the way everyone expected. Hopefully for fans of Swedish hockey, it was just a short slump from which he’ll quickly bounce back. Why? Because he’s been stellar in the Swedish junior league.”
ETA: 2-3 Years
NHL Potential: Top-pair defenceman; powerplay quarterback
- Puck-moving ability.
- Calm demeanour.
- Willing to get involved physically.
Flaws/Aspects in Need of Improvement:
- Needs to not try to do everything himself.
- Propensity to be caught in own end.
- Slapshot needs to get harder.
With the 54th overall pick, from Prince Albert in the WHL, Dallas selects Mike Winther.
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 172.26 lbs.
Wing Span: 72"
Birthday: January 9th, 1994
2011-12: 71GP - 32G - 24A - 56PTS - 59PIM - (-9)
WJC-18: 7GP - 1G - 1A - 2PTS - 4PIM - (0)
Prince Albert Head Coach
"He's sneaky-good," Central Scouting's Peter Sullivan told NHL.com. "He's very deceptive with his skating. Not breakaway speed, but enough speed to get in and out of trouble in close quarters. … Mike has great on-ice awareness. He knows where guys are before they even get there. He does the little things that aren't in the book and you can't explain; you just have to see it for yourself."
Ranked 44th in Bob McKenzie's Final Rankings
"Coming up as a bantam … he could put up good numbers, but his confidence grew as he learned he could play without the puck," Prince Albert coach Steve Young told NHL.com. "A lot of those kids come up [to the WHL] and they've had a lot of success at the bantam level with the puck. He was willing to make that adjustment. There was some pressure, but some constant words to him to make sure he developed his game that way."
It was a slow adjustment, especially early in the season. However, Young knew Winther had enough talent and hockey sense to figure things out, and said the breakthrough came during an October trip through the U.S.
"We were in games that were close hockey games," Young said. "There's times in close hockey games that you have to adjust from being all offense to helping out on defense. He figured out, 'I could do those things.' From then on he got more comfortable and more confident."
The results soon followed. He had 11 goals in 11 games in December, and 14 points in 10 games in January.
"He found himself with the puck more because of his play without the puck," Young said. "He was in situations to get pucks. It did snowball and got him more chances offensively."
Young believes the slow start to the season was just what Winther needed, and now that he's had success playing the right way, he sees it as just the beginning of what the young center is capable of.
"We believe there's more coming that way," Young said. "He definitely showed the kind of player he can and has to be to make that next step."
May 3rd, 2012 - The Next Ones
Mike may be that proverbial Jack of all trades and it is only meant as a compliment. He's an excellent skater with speed and quickness and because of it, he is able to make an impact in so many different areas. Offensively, he creates a lot of open ice for himself and he is very capable of beating defenders 1-1, getting chances and scoring. Defensively, he is adept at taking away your time and space and forcing you into rushed plays and mistakes. He is particularly effective killing penalties because he can be disruptive and is a threat to score. He can play center or wing and has a really good sense of how to play and how to play to his strengths. He can make plays and is not a player who finds himself watching as he is ready to be in the next play and if an opponent doesn't mark him, he will find a way to be productive. He has a lot of physical maturity ahead of him and with added strength, he will be a very difficult player to handle as it will only add to his arsenal.
May 24th, 2012 - Ranked 45th by Corey Pronman
He tallied an eye-opening 16 power play goals, good for 10th overall in the WHL and first overall among draft-eligible WHL players. More incredibly though, Prince Albert had one of the WHL’s worst power plays, ranking 18th out of 22, and Winther’s 16 PPG accounted for an astonishing 30 percent of the Raiders’ entire power play production (54/279). He definitely has a knack for drifting into the open abyss behind defenders, finding open spaces, and finishing plays with a lightning release before the opposition can even begin to react.
His special teams prowess was not isolated to the man advantage; Winther spent a lot of time on the PK this season, and even tallied four shorties to go with four game-winning goals.
At the NHL scouting combine, Winther displayed some serious upper body strength, placing first among all invitees in the number of reps he could achieve bench pressing 150 lbs (17), and in the ratio of lbs/lbs body weight (14.8) for the bench press.
“Mike has great speed and offensive instincts. He is a solid two-way player who is reliable in his own zone and in all situations.”
— Prince Albert Head Coach Steve Young.
“Winther is the kind of competitor that every coach loves to have. With an excellent shot, second to-none work ethic, and excellent two-way play, Winther certainly has all of the tools to be a very strong player at the next level … [He] plays a fearless kind of game as he goes into the hard areas and competes with players much larger than him. As the season has worn on, he has seemingly only gotten better and been a shining star on a generally poor team.”
— The Scouting Report: 2012 Midterm Rankings.
“To go along with his game breaking speed, he’s got great puck skills and an excellent release on his shot. He’s showing more improvement in his decision making, hockey smarts and play away from the puck, but those are all areas of his game that he still needs to work on.”
— Cody Nickolet, WHL From Above.
“I really like how he is a very smart player in the offensive zone and is always on the right side of the puck around the net. He also has a very quick release, his skating is very good, and he is hard to knock off the puck when he gains control.”
– Rick Jackson, Central Scouting.
“[He] has pretty solid hockey sense from an instinctual and vision standpoint. His positional play is fine, and while he can make plays he shows a bit of a sniper’s instincts in terms of finding open space in the high percentage areas … He combined that with a solid shot and can finish from outside the blue paint.”
– Corey Pronman, Hockey Prospectus.
“Winther is more of a perimeter player that likes to strike with a quick shot. He gets into a good shooting position and quickly snaps them home when given the opportunity. He needs to improve his play along the boards and be a more physical presence to be a more effective player.”
— Charles An, HockeyProspect.com.
ETA: 5 years
NHL Potential: If a growth spurt is in the future he could be a true power forward. According to more than one scout, his skill set is best on display around other skilled players so it remains to be seen what he can accomplish surrounded by a stronger team.
- Solid penalty killer
- Two-way game
- Quick release
- Fast, excellent skater
- Good hands
- Excels at finding open spaces
- Gritty, dedicated physical game despite smaller size
Flaws/Aspects He Needs To Work On:
- Sometimes too easily knocked off the puck
- Size; geared up he looks even smaller than he is
NHL Player(s) Comparison: The Scouting Report’s Daniel Lizee says Todd Marchant. Winther himself says he tries to model his game on former Prince Albert Raider Mike Modano. The two players aren’t quite as far apart as they might seem.
May 30th, 2012 - The Last Word
45. Mike Winther, Center, Prince Albert-WHL
Winther had a fine year in Prince Albert and the small center shows a good all-around game but with no true plus skill. He's a pretty good skater with quick feet off the line who accelerates well and gets to an above-average top speed. Winther doesn't carry much weight and it's clear when you see him move as he glides pretty freely up the ice. He's skilled with the puck and gets regular praise within the industry for his creativity and ability to make plays either one-on-one or as a creative distributor. Winther has pretty solid hockey sense from an instinctual and vision standpoint. His positional play is fine, and while he can make plays, he shows a bit of a sniper's instincts in terms of finding open space in the high percentage areas. He combined that with a solid shot and can finish from outside the blue paint. Winther also plays fine defense according to several scouts, but I have few notes on him in that regard. While Winther does play with energy and isn't a perimeter player, his physical game will be his biggest liability due to his size/strength combo.
Winther spent the majority of the season at left wing on the Raiders top line, however he is also capable of playing centre and has been used in that capacity in the past.
The first thing that stands out about Winther is his excellent skating ability. His skating is so, so smooth. He has very good first steps, quick acceleration, and great top end speed. His agility and edgework is also excellent, as he makes quick movements, and changes directions effortlessly. Winther’s skating is in the very top echelon of this draft class, and while he may not be Morgan Rielly or Andreas Athanasiou, he is in the top 5 or 10 pure skaters in this draft class.
Offensively Winther has high end hockey IQ. He finds open areas in the offensive zone and exploits them, finding good areas from which to unleash his hard, accurate shot. Winther has a good release that is often able to catch goalies off guard. He is better suited to be a goal scorer than a passer, as he has a shoot first mentality. He was at his deadliest on the PP, scoring 16 of his goals that way, the extra open space on the ice allowing him to find those open spots. His vision is also not at the best level and for this reason his future may be better suited at left wing than centre. Despite his size Winther is offensively engaged, fighting hard down low for pucks and getting to the front of the net, however he will need to add strength to be truly effective. At 5’11″ he’s not huge, but not overly short either. However his 170 lb frame is a concern.
Winther has really excelled in his defensive assignments for Prince Albert. He has become a top penalty killer and a guy used against other team’s top lines at even strength. Despite getting these tough matchups, and playing on a rebuilding club, Winther was only -9 on the season, which is a testament to how well he performed. In the defensive zone his strong positioning and quick stick and feet create a lot of turnovers and allow Winther to quickly transition from defence to offence.
Winther projects as a potential 2nd or 3rd line forward, who has versatility to play multiple positions, can play the PP and kills penalties. He could become an important player coaches rely on in any situation. We’d place his maximum potential to become a player similar to Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks.