What NHLer past/present would you say is most similar to Mattias Backman in terms of playing style. He seems to be developing more of an offensive game this year, but I was wondering what you think he'll ultimately project as in terms of style (defensive dman, 2 way etc).
Anyone seen Jesper Fast play lately? He's been tearing it up since coming back from his injury 6-5-11 in 6 GP. We have some people who follow him via highlights on the Rangers board, but no major followers of HV71.
thought I'd repost here. Just wondering what you think of these guys from the J18 Elit league.
Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Linköping
I've seen him quite alot this season and I had pretty high hopes for him on the preseason but I didn't really see why he was hyped. Once the season started he just exploded though. Now he's one of the better players for Linköping J20 in SuperElit/topp10; great splitvision, hands, speed, shot etc. Contributes mostly offensively but is ok defensively.
Calle Krantz, Linköping
Big defenseman who rarely stands out but plays a calm game and has fairly good hands for a d. Born 97 but seems very comfortable playing J18. With his size he should make an interesting prospect.
Henrik Törnqvist, Linköping
A powerforward with a great snipe. Can also set up goals and sees the ice very well. Has been producing points everywhere he has played; LHC U16, LHC J18, LHC J20, Sweden team 17.
Philip Rondahl, Linköping
Also a pretty big forward who has mostly been playing a physical game but has some offensive upside. Probably could score more points if given that role.
Erik Brissle, Linköping
Good hands, often dekes and challenges the defense. Has an ability to get to good scoring chances but does not score that often. He is a more pure offensive player than for example Rondahl.
Philip Magnusson, Rögle
A very big, natural goalscorer. Played J18 Elit already last year, born 97! This year he has been playing both J18 and U16 and he scores everywhere. Great shot. Might be a bit invisible play-wise in between his goals.
Pontus Löwing, Örebro
Haven't seen him this year but a powerful defender with his strengths in his own zone, playing very physical. Maybe a bit limited offensively but seems to have pruduced fairly good this season so far.