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08-01-2010, 04:14 PM
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Best player five yrs from now?

Swedish player, that is. Bring out your crystal balls.

There are no big time talents on the horizon as far as I can see after Adam Larsson, but I guess there could be a few sleeping monsters in the upcoming drafts. I have to go with Backstrom though, he'll be entering his prime by then and I think he will be one of the best players in the world.

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08-01-2010, 05:53 PM
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Bäckström for me. That was quite an easy choice at this point really. He's broken a 100 points already at such a young age and is good defensively too.

But it will be very interesting to see how the even younger guys will be doing. There's just so many potential (!) Swedish 1st liners drafted recently and I bet some unheralded players will become quality too.

On the flip side quite a few of the hyped guys will probably bust or semi-bust as well.

Not too many of them I hope.

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08-02-2010, 10:13 AM
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Bäckström will be the best forward I'm almost sure, defenceman is harder to project. I'll say Hedman but don't ask me why.

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson, gut feeling.

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Bäckström for sure.

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2012 first overall pick Sebastian Collberg.

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Probably one of OEL/Bäckström/A.Larsson

Dark horses, though actually I think both will be better closer to age 30 than at 25: Krüger and Järnkrok <- I think they have fantastic potential, elite hockey intelligence and both show the right attitude.

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Bäckström or the King of New York.

Edit: Gunnarsson as a dark horse.

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Among defencemen I think it's quite obvious that it will be between OEL and A. Larsson, with Karlsson and Hedman trailing slightly behind. I would also like to mention Niklas Folin who could follow the two Larssons footstep.

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08-23-2010, 03:02 AM
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Go to go whit H. Lundqvist. Most goalies get better when they turn 30++

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08-23-2010, 10:45 AM
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That is really a tough one. We have a lot of players that might be quite equally good by then. These guys come to mind:

Markstrom 25 yrs
Lundquist 33 yrs

Lundqvist in his prime and Markstrom closing in on his. Markstrom should also be a world class keeper by now and his potential is probably a bit higher than Lundqvist's.

OEL 24 yrs
Adam Larsson 22 yrs
Hedman 24 yrs
Erik Karlsson 25 yrs

Everyone but Adam Larsson are very established NHL'ers that are only a few years away from their prime by now. Adam Larsson is however mature beyond his years and it wouldn't surprise me if he had a Doughty-like development in the NHL. My hunch is that OEL and Larsson is a tad better than the other two.

Backstrom 27 yrs
MPS 24 yrs
Zetterberg 34 yrs

Backstrom probably gets the nod here. But MPS has untapped offensive potential and if Z is continues to be the arguably best playoff player in hockey, you can't count him out either.

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08-23-2010, 04:26 PM
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2012 first overall pick Sebastian Collberg.

I wouldn't mind at all if Collberg already in 5 years was mentioned in the same breath as players like Backstrom and MPS But he'll only be 21 in five years and he probably needs another year or so before fulfilling his potential. That probably goes for other super-talanted players like Victor Rask (22 yrs), Landeskog (22 yrs), Filip Forsberg (21 yrs) and Victor Crus-Rydberg (20 yrs) etc. Let's hope they all pan out!

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08-28-2010, 08:59 AM
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Bäckström by quite a bit.

Defenseman Adam Almqvist will have made an impact on the NHL level by then.

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08-29-2010, 06:29 AM
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Swedens D in five years will be very impressive, by that time I fully expect Hedman, Karlsson, OEL, and Adam Larsson to be top-2 defensmen on their respective teams.

Swedish D in five years:
Alexander Edler, 29
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, 24
Tobias Enström, 31
Jonathan Ericsson, 31
Carl Gunnarsson, 29
Nicklas Grossman, 30
Victor Hedman, 25
Niklas Hjalmarsson, 28
Erik Karlsson, 25
Nicklas Kronwall, 34
Adam Larsson, 23
Douglas Murray, 35
Anton Strålman, 29

+ these potential NHL regulars:
Adam Almqvist, 24
Tim Erixon, 24
Jonas Junland, 28
David Rundblad, 25

Has Sweden ever had better depth at D?

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09-15-2010, 10:59 PM
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In 5 years these guys will be the best IMO:

(F) - Nicklas Backstrom

(D) - Erik Karlsson

(G) - Jacob Markstrom

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09-18-2010, 04:10 PM
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I promise I will eat an entire can of surströmming if anyone other than Bäckström is the best Swedish player in 5 years.

If there was a Swedish Crosby around the corner, we would know about him already, and as promising as OEL and Adam Larsson are, defencemen take more time to develop while Bäckström will be right in the middle of his prime.

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10-13-2010, 01:58 PM
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i'm going to off on a limb here and pick a darkhorse a player i've enjoyed watching in the OHL. Landeskog.

clear answers are Backstrom, Hedman, Larsson, Markstrom, Lehner, Eriksson.

another player i'd like to bring to the table is MPS or even OEL.

even Victor Rask.

there could be another hidden gem waiting in the dust to shine.

question does Nick Lidstrom's sons count even though they are american. you have figure they are would been hidden knowns to many. also would they play for Sweden or USA? Nick may not care so much but his wife may want them to play for Sweden.

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i'm going to off on a limb here and pick a darkhorse a player i've enjoyed watching in the OHL. Landeskog.

clear answers are Backstrom, Hedman, Larsson, Markstrom, Lehner, Eriksson.

another player i'd like to bring to the table is MPS or even OEL.

even Victor Rask.

there could be another hidden gem waiting in the dust to shine.

question does Nick Lidstrom's sons count even though they are american. you have figure they are would been hidden knowns to many. also would they play for Sweden or USA? Nick may not care so much but his wife may want them to play for Sweden.
Landeskog is a tough call. He is playing against Jrs., and although he is doing it well, he still has to make that transition. If you compare him to guys like Pääjärvi, Larsson, or OEL, who have all proved they can play against grown men at an early age, Landeskog must still be considered an extreme long shot.

I find it funny how nobody thinks that a 34-35 year old Sedin brother could be on top of the world, or at least the nation of Sweden, if they get to stay healthy.

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10-14-2010, 01:27 AM
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Landeskog is a tough call. He is playing against Jrs., and although he is doing it well, he still has to make that transition. If you compare him to guys like Pääjärvi, Larsson, or OEL, who have all proved they can play against grown men at an early age, Landeskog must still be considered an extreme long shot.
North Americans tend to see jr guys as more prominent than seniors who aren't playing in the NHL. I don't quite see why.

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question does Nick Lidstrom's sons count even though they are american. you have figure they are would been hidden knowns to many. also would they play for Sweden or USA? Nick may not care so much but his wife may want them to play for Sweden.
Are any of his kids only american? At least Kevin has swedish citizenship. They might have american citizenship as well though.

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King Loui

Loui Eriksson seems long forgotten by everyone. Maybe because his low profile personality on a predictable low rank team (Stars). He puts on good numbers as a sniper dough and could be the best Swede in the NHL 5 years from now.

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Among defencemen I think it's quite obvious that it will be between OEL and A. Larsson, with Karlsson and Hedman trailing slightly behind. I would also like to mention Niklas Folin who could follow the two Larssons footstep.
Seriously... It's WAY too early to throw in Folin's name in the mix...

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Among defencemen I think it's quite obvious that it will be between OEL and A. Larsson, with Karlsson and Hedman trailing slightly behind. I would also like to mention Niklas Folin who could follow the two Larssons footstep.
Edler is 29 then - no age for a D-man - and he is improving with leaps. Do not count him out. I think many of those you mentioned is at their best beyond 5 years from now, I bet that OEL is not at his peak at 24.

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Loui Eriksson seems long forgotten by everyone. Maybe because his low profile personality on a predictable low rank team (Stars). He puts on good numbers as a sniper dough and could be the best Swede in the NHL 5 years from now.
As much as I like to promote local boys like Loui who even has the same "mother club" as me, he simply does not have what it takes to become the best Swedish player.
He'd have to turn into a 50-goal-scorer or a 95 point player at the very least to compete for that title, and he simply does not have that kind of talent.

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Bäckström

Wildcards : OEL, MSP, HEDMAN, Josefson.


Then we have some older players Z and the Sedins .

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