Very good, only thing missing is a few more goals. He's such a smart two-way player for a guy his age. 53% on draws is also very good for a junior player. His team runs three lines pretty evenly save for special teams, with the fourth line having a significant drop in ice time. Karlsson's gonna log big minutes for Sweden at the WJC aswell, right now looks like the 1st line C.
Thanks a lot! And great to hear!
As much as i know he should put up some weight to be even more successfull.
From our side, Hampus Lindholm has been promoted to top pairing with Mat Clark. He appears to be coming out of his shell, offensively speaking, and he's taking more chances and showing less hesitation. Sweden's blue line looks like they've got a decade of dominance ahead of them.
He had a bad game yesterday against Skellefteå and probably lost Luleå the game due giving up a few easy goals. Gustafsson have had these issues since he came to the club. Some days he can play really well and others you just feel like everything will go in, he can look very insecure sometimes, he is then often saved by playing behind the best defense in SEL. He still has major issues with his consistency both in games and between games, it almost feels like he is less consistent now than he was last year even though he is better at his best now than he was at his best last year.
Last year he was a few steps ahead Rautio (the other goaltender in Luleå) but this year Rautio is clearly ahead and would most likely be the starter if Luleå was going into the playoffs now. Rautio is currently out with a concussion so Gustafsson will get a few games and it his chance to take back the advantage.
Such an intelligent response. And you're atleast partly wrong. It depends on the team, you can't make any such claim about Skellefteå or Brynäs regarding giving youngsters opportunity. The SEL isn't all about Wikegårdian crash and bang hockey, that's an easy task for any adrenalin-pumped 18year old for a game or two but I haven't seen anyone beside Adam Larsson being able to play his game from the get go without any real bumps along the road playing any real minutes for his club.
I'm not familiar with Wennberg at all. What are his strengths and weaknesses and how does he compare to Lindholm?
He's not as smart and skilled so he can't control the game in the same way Lindholm will be able to. He's got good speed and decent hands and vision, though, but lacks a bit of finish to be a more dangerous offensive forward. Speedy and brave, though. I like him more than Jacob de la Rose, for instance, and he's showed more at a high level than anyone but Lindholm, even though Burakowksy's upside is undeniable.