For a guy who is doing so well in the Allsvenskan in his draft year, I've only seen Wennberg in one top 30 list. He was #25 in Button's lastest. He leads Djurgarden in goals with 10 in 29 games and is second on the team with 18 points. He had the tap-in goal for Sweden against Canada yesterday. For those who have seen him regularly, what are the strengths and weaknesses of his game? What's keeping him down in the rankings, is he a pretty vanilla player?
Very good stickhandling. Not physical. Equally good at scoring and making plays. Good balance. Haven't noticed his defensive game but his +/- is good. I think he's one of the best players on the Swedish WJC roster. He's also the most good looking player on the team.
They're all vastly different players but he's up there with Burakovsky and de la Rose for me. The only thing keeping him down at this point is because he wasn't ranked as high going into the year.
Wennbergs ceiling is hard to set as he is evolving into a better player by the day. Considering he wasn't even picked for TV-pucken he's come a long way in a short period of time, from pretty much unknown to one of the best Swedish players in his age group. This will of course cause him to go a bit lower in the draft than he should.
Which some team will probably consider themselves quite lucky for.
From what I have seen Wennberg this year, both with Djurgården and Sweden U20, I think he has great potential. His ability to make plays out of nothing in the offensive zone and strong playing in the face-off are one of his best attributes IMO. If he ends up being a 2nd rounder, I think some team is going to get a steal in this player. I like him personally much more than Burakovsky, who I had high expectations of going into this season.
I first noticed him during the U18 when I was watching Collberg before the 2012 draft. He just kept showing up on the score-sheet. If the habs don't implode and draft at their usual "mid-round" place, I'd be pretty okay with him as our selection.