For now the kid looks like a meaner, more defensively responsible Max Pacioretty, and I'll take that over 1-dimernsional Zykov any day of the week on a 2nd or 3rd line. He was outmuscling players at 17 years old, can't imagine what he will look like for Sweden in 2 years.
I'm pretty happy that after all the years of only drafting Russian, Canadian and American players they are finally dipping into Scandinavia and it's about time.
The gold mine some teams have pulled from that part of the world is astounding and I'd love Montreal to reap some rewards.
Sweden produces so many good hockey players. All of them are hard working two way players. Some with more offense and some with less. Its pretty rare you see a Swedish player outright bust because of attitude. I like our drafting of Swedish players. Tremendous skill and work ethic.
I think at worst he could become a Jason Chimera type of guy. Extremely useful on the forecheck, fast, hard to play against. We always need a couple forwards like that for a long playoffs run, it drives the defense crazy.