2007-08: Suited up with Brynas IF Gavle U20, posting decent numbers. Appeared in games with Sweden's U17 and U18 national teams.
2008-09: Played for Brynas IF Gavle as well as its champion U20 squad. Also played for Team Sweden in the U18 World Championships on the top unit.
HF's pre-draft feature on Bertilsson.
Bertilsson is a skilled and mobile defenseman with above average hockey sense. He has good attitude and impressive timing in his play. An all-around defenseman that contributes at both ends, but sometimes tends to be a tad risky with the puck and he could also use some additional strength. Plays with authority and leads his team. Should become a solid player defensively with some offensive skills to go. Likes to hit and play physically.
In another draft year, when Sweden wasn't so loaded, more draft pundits might be talking about Simon Bertilsson. But this year, the 6'0, 183 lb defender is sliding just under the radar.
The biggest exposure he got was at the U18 championships in April of this year, playing on the top pairing with Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who is expected to go top-10. It would be convenient to assume that the reason Bertilsson and Ekman-Larsson were paired together is because Bertilsson is a stay-at-homer anchoring Ekman-Larsson's offensive forays. But the truth is that these two have been together so many years on the national team and are such good friends that their pairing is just natural like an old glove. And Bertilsson isn't a stranger to the offensive zone himself. He scored a point a game in junior this year and could be seen pinching many times at the U18 championships, sometimes all the way to the net....
Height: 6' 0"
Born: April 19, 1991
Hometown: Gavle, SWE
Born in: Karlskoga, SWE
In 2008-09 Bertilsson played most of the season for Brynas in the Swedish Junior Elite League recording 31 points (9-22-31) in 30 games, helping Brynas win the league championship.
• Played for Team Sweden at the 2009 Under-18 World Championships and was often paired with fellow Swedish prospect Oliver-Ekman Larsson on the top defensive pairing – the two have played on the national team together for five years and are good friends off the ice. Bertilsson, a defensive minded defenseman, had a plus-five rating at the tournament.
• Starting hockey at the age of eight, after a friend inspired him, he credits his old coach Peter Holmberg and his parents for having the biggest influence on his career.
• Bertilsson patterns his game after Detroit's Niklas Kronwall and his pre-game rituals include always putting his left skate on first.
sounds like they had an eye out on getting a guy with a similar skillset to Sbisa with this pick
Yeah, that's what I was thinking too. I'm not sure Bert (I wold assume that's his nickname) has quite the upside of Sbisa, but it's nice to be able to immediately fill the void left by Sbisa, at least partially.