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Canucks 6th Round Selection - 161st overall - Mats Froshaug, C, Linkoping

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06-21-2008, 01:03 PM
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We're talking Men's National team right? Just checking.

I like the pick from what I've heard. Wonder if they intend for him to compete for a roster spot in North America (Canucks or Moose).
Yea he played for both the Mens WC team and the WJC team last year.

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Yea he played for both the Mens WC team and the WJC team last year.
Thanks. That's pretty cool. Still wonder if they want to convince him to come to North America next year. Since he's almost 20 and still playing in the Swedish junior leagues you'd think they may be able to sway him.

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06-21-2008, 01:34 PM
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Hey guys, Mats Froshaug is a fantastic pick and Gradin should be getting thanked over and over. He stood out at the World Championships for us (I'm a Norwegian Canadian), went from our third line at the beginning of the tournament to the first line within just a couple of games to due his ability to play against the NHL talent from other nations. He gave Team Canada headaches both times they played...He's very much a hybrid player he's strong enough to play a puck control game but has blazing speed, great hands and a really solid shot, better known for his passing however which is superb. I honestly believe you will be very happy with this pick as you've gotten a real under the radar player who should become a solid 2nd or elite 3rd liner in the NHL.

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06-21-2008, 01:39 PM
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Hey guys, Mats Froshaug is a fantastic pick and Gradin should be getting thanked over and over. He stood out at the World Championships for us (I'm a Norwegian Canadian), went from our third line at the beginning of the tournament to the first line within just a couple of games to due his ability to play against the NHL talent from other nations. He gave Team Canada headaches both times they played...He's very much a hybrid player he's strong enough to play a puck control game but has blazing speed, great hands and a really solid shot, better known for his passing however which is superb. I honestly believe you will be very happy with this pick as you've gotten a real under the radar player who should become a solid 2nd or elite 3rd liner in the NHL.
Thanks! =)

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06-21-2008, 01:54 PM
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Hey guys, Mats Froshaug is a fantastic pick and Gradin should be getting thanked over and over. He stood out at the World Championships for us (I'm a Norwegian Canadian), went from our third line at the beginning of the tournament to the first line within just a couple of games to due his ability to play against the NHL talent from other nations. He gave Team Canada headaches both times they played...He's very much a hybrid player he's strong enough to play a puck control game but has blazing speed, great hands and a really solid shot, better known for his passing however which is superb. I honestly believe you will be very happy with this pick as you've gotten a real under the radar player who should become a solid 2nd or elite 3rd liner in the NHL.
Thanks! Just from scouting reports and stats I can see this guy being a 2nd line center in the NHL if he really wants to be an NHL player.

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Fr°shaug looks like a very good player. During this year's World Championships he played on the 4.line. During the tournament it was Norway's 2 and 4 line who were the better lines and could set the opponents under some pressure. Think he needs a year in AHL to adapt. Maybe two.

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06-21-2008, 01:58 PM
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Seems like a solid pick all around and the type of things you should be trying in the 6th round. Reminds me of a Johan Franzen type pick, lets hope it turns out half that good. Still probably the best gamble left in the draft, and it's a good idea to gamble in the late rounds.

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06-21-2008, 02:13 PM
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I like the fact they took a risk on an older player who could be expected to play in the AHL next year (and hopefully the NHL not long after).

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Fr°shaug looks like a very good player. During this year's World Championships he played on the 4.line. During the tournament it was Norway's 2 and 4 line who were the better lines and could set the opponents under some pressure. Think he needs a year in AHL to adapt. Maybe two.
I said he moved up to the first line but I guess thats somewhat incorrect he didn't really move up his line was just given more ice time and went from being treated as a 4th to what I felt was being treated as a 1st. Agreeed that he will need some AHL time but I'm not sure how much, he's physically ready for the NHL I think he just has to adjust to the smaller ice but it didnt seem to hurt him in the WHC.

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I don't think your wrong, but not absolutely correct either.

He got moved up and down during a couple of the games. He did good to. The coach tried to mix it up a little and give Fr÷shaug a shot at it.

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I don't think your wrong, but not absolutely correct either.

He got moved up and down during a couple of the games. He did good to. The coach tried to mix it up a little and give Fr÷shaug a shot at it.
I do remember his linemates changing at times but he seemed to be a constant in getting more ice time, I feel like I'm being overly picky here when I think we agree anyway

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I like the sound of Froshaug. Any chance he plays for the Moose next year? He's old enough.

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Hey guys, Mats Froshaug is a fantastic pick and Gradin should be getting thanked over and over. He stood out at the World Championships for us (I'm a Norwegian Canadian), went from our third line at the beginning of the tournament to the first line within just a couple of games to due his ability to play against the NHL talent from other nations. He gave Team Canada headaches both times they played...He's very much a hybrid player he's strong enough to play a puck control game but has blazing speed, great hands and a really solid shot, better known for his passing however which is superb. I honestly believe you will be very happy with this pick as you've gotten a real under the radar player who should become a solid 2nd or elite 3rd liner in the NHL.

that's great

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Good to see. They had an excellent WC as well.

Teams like Denmark, Norway, Belarus are really starting to make strides.
Add Switzerland to that list (Josi, Sbisa, etc).

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It's not that hard to play for your national country when it's Norway...
I've read Norway actually has some decent depth at the men's level even if they don't have higher end skilled players.

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A player I know absolutely nothing about, so it's kinda hard to judge. Do like some of the reports on him.

Unlike the other 1990-born picks, he's an '88 so if he's a legitimate NHL prospect we should expect him to play at a fairly high level (SEL or AHL) next year and be a solid contributor.

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imo, his size is up to par with nhl standards already
6'1, 198 lbs (close to 200!!!)

now i'm just questionable about the ceiling for a 6th rounder....

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imo, his size is up to par with nhl standards already
6'1, 198 lbs (close to 200!!!)

now i'm just questionable about the ceiling for a 6th rounder....
Ceiling for a late round draft pick is a Conn Smythe trophy...

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Add Switzerland to that list (Josi, Sbisa, etc).



I've read Norway actually has some decent depth at the men's level even if they don't have higher end skilled players.
I was kinda putting the swiss in with the top teams already.. but yea. They are still continuing to develop strong players.

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I was kinda putting the swiss in with the top teams already.. but yea. They are still continuing to develop strong players.
They just need a few of them to remain committed to playing in the NHL.

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Add Switzerland to that list (Josi, Sbisa, etc).



I've read Norway actually has some decent depth at the men's level even if they don't have higher end skilled players.
Norway is getting there due to the tie with Canada in opening round and the face we got through to the qualification round of the tournament the team got a chance to play against a lot more of the top players in the world and looked pretty good. Norway is building some solid depth up, we were missing 4 of our best at the WHC but the young guys stepped up incredibly well and it's a great piece in the building hopefully this will lure more of the top young athletes in Norway to go for hockey and start to climb up to where the other Scandinavian nations are.

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Hi guys.. Nice pick

I think Froshaug can become at least a good 3rd liner for you guys in a few years... He is kind of a complete player.. No real weakness in his game.. I dont know if his offensive skills will translate to the NHL.. but I hope so..

btw, I have played against him many times

oh, and if you ever need someone to translate an article or whatever about him in norwegian (or swedish), feel free to PM me and ¤'ll be happy to do it

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Hi guys.. Nice pick

I think Froshaug can become at least a good 3rd liner for you guys in a few years... He is kind of a complete player.. No real weakness in his game.. I dont know if his offensive skills will translate to the NHL.. but I hope so..

btw, I have played against him many times

oh, and if you ever need someone to translate an article or whatever about him in norwegian (or swedish), feel free to PM me and ¤'ll be happy to do it
Whoa, thanks! =) Mind telling us a bit more about his game, who he compares to, and what you think his upside is? Does he play kind of like Jannik Hansen?

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Whoa, thanks! =) Mind telling us a bit more about his game, who he compares to, and what you think his upside is? Does he play kind of like Jannik Hansen?
I havent seen to much of Jannik Hansen to be honest, but from whatI have seen.. I think Hansen has a bit more offensive upside than Froshaug..

Anyway.. He does everything well... He is a good skater, good hockey sense, works hard, is very responsible defensively.. never takes a shift off.. His offensive skills are quite good.. decent vision.. He is also considered to be a good leader..

I'm not that good with comparisons, maybe a bit like a young Kris Draper, but a little slower and a bit more offensive upside..

I think he could develop into a 3rd liner in the NHL.. And a player you can use in all situations..

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I havent seen to much of Jannik Hansen to be honest, but from whatI have seen.. I think Hansen has a bit more offensive upside than Froshaug..

Anyway.. He does everything well... He is a good skater, good hockey sense, works hard, is very responsible defensively.. never takes a shift off.. His offensive skills are quite good.. decent vision.. He is also considered to be a good leader..

I'm not that good with comparisons, maybe a bit like a young Kris Draper, but a little slower and a bit more offensive upside..

I think he could develop into a 3rd liner in the NHL.. And a player you can use in all situations..
Hey redwings great to hear from you again my friend. I agree with everything you said except I think your underestimating Forshaug's offence a bit I could see him becoming a little better then Draper offensivly but your dead on about him playing very well in all facets of the game and not having a visable weakness.

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Hey redwings great to hear from you again my friend. I agree with everything you said except I think your underestimating Forshaug's offence a bit I could see him becoming a little better then Draper offensivly but your dead on about him playing very well in all facets of the game and not having a visable weakness.

I kinda agree on the offensive thing, but I just want him to show it at a higher level before im sold

But it would be great if his offence translated to the NHL...

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