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06-25-2011, 01:25 PM
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Canucks 2011 4th Round Pick, 120th Overall - F Ludwig Blomstrand

The "Thomas Gradin" pick. Ludwig Blomstrand from Upssala, Sweden.

6'1, 198lbs
Djurgarden Jr., SuperElit

2010/2011 Season -
35GP, 3G, 4A, 7Pts (Regular Season)
3GP, 0G, 0A, 0Pts (Playoffs)

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sweet, finally got the cool name bro for the 604.

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As stated in the draft thread, this is not a very good pick. Those are pretty bad stats for the Jr. league. He pretty much has no upside.

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Seems like an exceptionally suspect pick.

We went way off the board here. This was the 74th-ranked European skater, and we made him the 19th European skater selected.

His numbers in the Swedish jr. league are terrible, and it seems that this is a player with 4th line upside. Colour me not thrilled.

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I don't like calling this a Gradin pick. I usually think that Gradin picks would be sleepers with upside, not role players.

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As stated in the draft thread, this is not a very good pick. Those are pretty bad stats for the Jr. league. He pretty much has no upside.
Really? I wasn't going to form an opinion until I actually see him play Your such an expert Gillis should have talked to you first.

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As stated in the draft thread, this is not a very good pick. Those are pretty bad stats for the Jr. league. He pretty much has no upside.
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LUDWIG BLOMSTRAND

Potential to become an excellent role player. Has great size and wheels and works really hard. Gets involved in the rough stuff. Somewhat limited offensive upside. (EP 2011)
He's not meant to be a high scoring player, so who cares about stats, if he makes it to the NHL full time as 3rd/4th line winger who can crash and bang and make the other team think when they are retrieving the puck, he's a excellent pick up, especially for a 4th rounder.

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He's not meant to be a high scoring player, so who cares about stats, if he makes it to the NHL full time as 3rd/4th line winger who can crash and bang and make the other team think when they are retrieving the puck, he's a excellent pick up, especially for a 4th rounder.
Because if you can't score at the lower levels odds are you don't have the talent to play in the NHL, regardless at how good you are at crashing and banging.

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Because if you can't score at the lower levels odds are you don't have the talent to play in the NHL, regardless at how good you are at crashing and banging.
Exactly. This seems like that Matt Froshaug dude couple years back.

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I would be shocked if we ever sign this guy to a contract, let alone him ever playing in the NHL.

There were much better players available, especially from Sweden.

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Because if you can't score at the lower levels odds are you don't have the talent to play in the NHL, regardless at how good you are at crashing and banging.
Well why aren't you hired to be the chief scout for a NHL team then.

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Terrible pick. The next Nicklas Danielsson.

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Well why aren't you hired to be the chief scout for a NHL team then.
Do you really believe this is productive? Why are you even here if you don't want to discuss the pick.

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Because if you can't score at the lower levels odds are you don't have the talent to play in the NHL, regardless at how good you are at crashing and banging.
See Fuller, Evan.

The Swedish jr. league is a similar level to the BCHL. Tanner Glass was a point-per-game player in the BCHL. If you're scoring 7 points in 35 games in the Swedish jr. league, you are *seriously* lacking in talent.

Anyhow, hopefully he gets brought over to the CHL so we can get a read on him.

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Terrible pick. The next Nicklas Danielsson.
As a comparable, Danielsson had 33 points in 21 games at the same age in the same league. Blomstrand had 7 points in 33 games this year.

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Well again, who knows, we are all just reading a bunch of stat sheets for the most part. But if the main board didn't like him (and we have a bunch of international people who would have seen him play) it's not encouraging.

And yes, I agree with the notion that you have to pick guys with the best stats available whenever you can. How are you going to score 20 goals when you've never even scored 10? Hopefully we pick it up with the next round.

Any speculation on this being a political pick or something?

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Do you really believe this is productive? Why are you even here if you don't want to discuss the pick.
Sorry, its just frustrating when the negative nelly's are out in full force, bringing down everyone, on a player who just got drafted.

In addition there are thousands of picks who were high scorers and never got a whiff of the NHL as well, so it goes both ways, at least we know this guy works HARD and busts his ass trying help his team, so a 4th round pick who typically doesn't see the light of day in the NHL ya know, I don't see this as a waste of a pick.

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See Fuller, Evan.
Found this gem just now when trying to find out what he was up to:

http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_caribo...123269773.html

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In his junior hockey playing days, Evan Fullerís name never appeared among Western Hockey League scoring leaders.

But in the sport of bull riding, the 23-year-old former Prince George Cougars forward has enjoyed his position at the top of the points ladder. A gritty and hard-nosed player on the ice, perhaps he can credit those characteristics for giving him confidence on a bucking bull. Of course, it doesnít hurt that he grew up in Williams Lake, a region full of cowboys who show a similar enthusiasm for rodeo.

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See Fuller, Evan.

The Swedish jr. league is a similar level to the BCHL. Tanner Glass was a point-per-game player in the BCHL. If you're scoring 7 points in 35 games in the Swedish jr. league, you are *seriously* lacking in talent.

Anyhow, hopefully he gets brought over to the CHL so we can get a read on him.
Oh yeah if he likes the rough stuff maybe he'll be interested in coming over here. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess no one picked him in the import draft?

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Maybe he's really good in practices and warm-ups?

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Terrible pick. The next Nicklas Danielsson.
Nicklas Danielsson wasn't a terrible pick. FYI Danielsson had 37 points for Modo last year. Not like the canucks wasted a high pick on him. You're trying to project what a 17 year old kid will be like in 5-10 years. Some guys are late bloomers, some guys have success in junior at a young age but don't have a lot of room for growth.

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He's not meant to be a high scoring player, so who cares about stats, if he makes it to the NHL full time as 3rd/4th line winger who can crash and bang and make the other team think when they are retrieving the puck, he's a excellent pick up, especially for a 4th rounder.
But he's scoring at a lower rate in a 2nd tier league than we would expect of a 3rd/4th line winger in the NHL.

Pick does not seem good to me. I guess there are circumstances in which his stats might not mean he has no shot to be an NHL player but I'm struggling to think of any plausible ones.

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Because if you can't score at the lower levels odds are you don't have the talent to play in the NHL, regardless at how good you are at crashing and banging.
Why are people so opinionated when they don't have a clue on what their talking about? If Gradin was their watching him play and wanted the Canucks to pick him, maybe he sees something than what his stats show. If he didn't have upside they wouldn't have picked him.

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But he's scoring at a lower rate in a 2nd tier league than we would expect of a 3rd/4th line winger in the NHL.

Pick does not seem good to me. I guess there are circumstances in which his stats might not mean he has no shot to be an NHL player but I'm struggling to think of any plausible ones.
I think it's best we hear what Gradin has to say about this player and why they like him. It's a lil too early to be giving this guy his funeral.

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The stats aren't impressive, to be sure, but they don't always tell the whole story, too.

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