What's the ruling on European free agents? CBA says 22+ for players that haven't played in North America but Erixon is 21 although he turns 22 on September 12th (most age related rules in CBA are based on age on September 15th so he might count as 22).
So I don't think we can sign Ponthus anytime soon. More likely we'll have to try and draft him next year if we want him. I don't know if the Swedish transfer agreement changed anything though.
This could turn out to be a great pick. I love those Westerholm twins they play like... well poor man Sedins. They are both much better in the offensive one than the defensive, but they tend to stay in the offensive zone for long stretches of time when they are on the ice, playing a cycle game. Pathrik is clearly the most talented of the twins. He will work better as a winger I think since he is not that overly responsible on his own end, but he got some serious offensive skill. I would not be surprised at all to see the twins in Swedens u-20 team next year, or at least Pathrik.
Don't see many write-ups about this guy in the thread (Mainly a frenzy over another set of swedish twins ), so i found some reading.
64. Pathrik Westerholm, Center, Malmo-Allsvenskan
Pathrik Westerholm enters his second year of draft eligibility, and really bloomed offensively this year in Sweden, dominating the J20 league with the highest PPG rate and then continuing his contribution in Sweden's second-tier professional league. His puck skills are decent, and he likes to hold onto the puck and distribute it. I haven't seen much above-average stick-handling from Westerholm, but he can make moves at an average level. His offense comes from his vision, anticipation, and a solid finishing ability. His physical game is fringe just in relation to his frame, although he likely will be a grade above that as he grows, as he does notable work along the physical areas, is hard on his man assignments, and can win battles going against bigger guys. He commonly makes plays off the cycle and I've seen power plays when he would be in front of the net for the duration of it, so he has no issues with the physical side of the game. Westerholm's hockey sense grades as above-average as he's smart with his stick work, anticipates the play well, and shows an effective defensive game. His skating is below-average and while I saw the occasional decent flash from him, he never hit the 50 grade mark with any form of consistency. I understand the skepticism on taking a second year draft eligible and one without much international exposure, but Westerholm's combination of smarts, work ethic and decent offensive tools are worth it. Link
Loosely translated by google Interview:
Describe yourself as a player and as a person!
- I am a center who likes to have the puck and has a decent game inside. As a person I am a pretty calm guy.
You currently leads the overall points league in the southern series with 13 goals and 10 assists in 12 games played, soon are also waiting game with the national team. You must be really pleased with your introduction so far?
- I am well, it has run well and doing the best you can. You try to get better in every practice and be as good as possible. We have a good chemistry in our chain, has been training hard this summer and has good isträning.
You have formed chain with your brother, Ponthus, and Zebastian Ilestedt. You seem to have a huge chemistry?
- Me and my brother have been playing together for quite some time and eventually you'll find each other. You know how he is and how he does on the ice while Ilestedt work a lot. We are fighting all of them good. Link