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05-19-2011, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Finnpin View Post
William Wallen (Frölunda) signed a tryout contract with Jokerit. Can someone give some info about him? Thanks in advance.
Wallén was regarded as a huge talent a couple of years ago, his numbers was remarkable for his age, but I guess his lack of size and the long injury period has held him back. He was a star in all the junior teams he played for (including Swedens u-16,u-17 and u-18) and then went over to play in OHL. He then suffered from Intracranial hemorrhage and was seriously ill, but came back to hockey. Last season he didn't make Frölundas team so he played in SEL-2 on a loan, his time in Borĺs wasn't a sucess but he was lethal for Almtuna where he scored 10 goals in 12 games.

On the plus side Wallén have fantastic hands, he is great in PP, he got extreme techical skills and a nose for the net. On the minus side he is very small and isn't speedy enough to compensate that. To stick him on a grinder line wouldn't work to well, even though he is not afraid of physical contact since he is tiny. For Jokerit to get some use of him they need to give him a offensive role, since he got a very high offensive upside.

I think Wallén will be a dominant player in a good european league in a couple of years (since he got some elite skills), don't know if he is ready to be a bigtime point producer in SM-liga allready next year. It's just a try-out right?

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