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04-25-2014, 01:34 PM
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C Axel Holmström - Skellefteå Jrs, SWE (2014, 196th overall, Detroit)

Rated only 90th best euroskate (non-goalie) by Central Scouting Final Rankings. ..did they make a big goof? Scoring a plethora of points for Sweden at the U-18s on a line with William Nylander. ..now either Nylander is so great he makes lineage look great or this kid ( late June birthday 1996) is himself a talent? Much bigger than Nylander..an inch taller at 6'0 bit already a solid 198 lbs...Nylander is a slight guy at just 170 lbs now.. The weight differential is huge...so you wonder if Nylander needs time to put on eight before jumping into the NHLER. .but with HOMSTROM. ..still so young and already a solid 198..you wonder why the he'll is he only at 90th euro rank. ..given his production numbers both at the U-18 and in his Jr. career in Sweden so far..no buzz about him all year but suddenly he may be the biggest RISER to emerge from the U-18s...How could the shouts have got it so wrong..apparently?

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Rated only 90th best euroskate (non-goalie) by Central Scouting Final Rankings. ..did they make a big goof? Scoring a plethora of points for Sweden at the U-18s on a line with William Nylander. ..now either Nylander is so great he makes lineage look great or this kid ( late June birthday 1996) is himself a talent? Much bigger than Nylander..an inch taller at 6'0 bit already a solid 198 lbs...Nylander is a slight guy at just 170 lbs now.. The weight differential is huge...so you wonder if Nylander needs time to put on eight before jumping into the NHLER. .but with HOMSTROM. ..still so young and already a solid 198..you wonder why the he'll is he only at 90th euro rank. ..given his production numbers both at the U-18 and in his Jr. career in Sweden so far..no buzz about him all year but suddenly he may be the biggest RISER to emerge from the U-18s...How could the shouts have got it so wrong..apparently?
because he played with nylander...

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Have you even watched the games? Almost all of his points have come because of Nylander.

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I've seen very little of him but he looks like a solid two-way center.

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Have you even watched the games? Almost all of his points have come because of Nylander.
The highlights says otherwise. (#10) http://jsp.lwcdn.com/api/swehockey/swehockeyplay2.html

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Feels like he's riding on the Nylander wave a bit. Will probably get drafted around the 4th/5th round though. Not the best skater either.

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because he played with nylander...
He is the highest scoring U18 ppg in the entire superelit, ahead of Fiala, Kempe, Vrana and Nylander. And he doesn't play with any of them in Skelleftea.

His scoring bonafides are unquestioned, which is why he is with Nylander on the top line.

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04-28-2014, 06:53 AM
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Obviously, Nylander is a great line mate for anyone, but it's not like Holmström wasnt a contributing factor. In U18WC one could see Holmström winning several battles along the boards, getting the puck to Nylander. Overall, there were several occasions one could see there was chemistry between the two. Holmström has strong playmaking skills. And as for his production, he led his J20 club team in scoring.
He didnt play much in the mens team last season, but his club Skelleftea are back-to-back SHL champions so the competition was as stiff as it possibly can get, within SHL. He'll be in the mens squad in SHL next season though, for sure.

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All that weight might be a reason why he's not a good skater. 90th euro skater is bogus though, I think he's a top12-ish swede in the draft. By the way that's the same ranking that has Engvall as #91.

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He kind of reminds me of the profiles of William Karlsson and Lucas Wallmark in their draft years. A truly elite scorer at the U20 level as an U18, but didn't get the fan fare of his draft peers. While Wallmark's omission last year have been well documented, Redline had Karlsson at 150 and THN didn't even put him in their top 100. And while not ranked 90th by CSS (like Holmstrom), Karlsson's ranking at 21st was way too low. (Cory P had him at 46 and McKeens at 51 though). The Ducks rather astutely picked him up Karlsson late 2nd round though. There a bunch of teams wishing they had used a late round pick on Wallmark too.

All dropped in the rankings because of skating, although Karlsson's criticism's about his skating were not as severe as those for Wallmark. Holmstrom probably falls somewhere in between.

What these guys all have in common though is that they consistently scored at the highest pace amongst their draft peers , be it at the U20 level in Sweden, or at the international level. Certainly Swedish brass recognized all three players were elite, as all were on the best U18 team at the time, and all played significantly in the top 6 beside future 1st rounders.

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He kind of reminds me of the profiles of William Karlsson and Lucas Wallmark in their draft years. A truly elite scorer at the U20 level as an U18, but didn't get the fan fare of his draft peers. While Wallmark's omission last year have been well documented, Redline had Karlsson at 150 and THN didn't even put him in their top 100. And while not ranked 90th by CSS (like Holmstrom), Karlsson's ranking at 21st was way too low. (Cory P had him at 46 and McKeens at 51 though). The Ducks rather astutely picked him up Karlsson late 2nd round though. There a bunch of teams wishing they had used a late round pick on Wallmark too.

All dropped in the rankings because of skating, although Karlsson's criticism's about his skating were not as severe as those for Wallmark. Holmstrom probably falls somewhere in between.

What these guys all have in common though is that they consistently scored at the highest pace amongst their draft peers , be it at the U20 level in Sweden, or at the international level. Certainly Swedish brass recognized all three players were elite, as all were on the best U18 team at the time, and all played significantly in the top 6 beside future 1st rounders.
Well, I see clear differences when comparing Holmström and Wallmark. In Holmströms game there's a wider toolset. There's a grit and physical aspect to his game that is more or less absent in Wallmarks game. Holmström is the kind of player that wins pucks from the kind of players that gives away pucks, like Wallmark.

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Well, I see clear differences when comparing Holmström and Wallmark. In Holmströms game there's a wider toolset. There's a grit and physical aspect to his game that is more or less absent in Wallmarks game. Holmström is the kind of player that wins pucks from the kind of players that gives away pucks, like Wallmark.
Yeah, was more referring to the "profile" rather than the style of play.

But interesting comments, just the same.

Is this perhaps because Wallmark is more of a playmaking / puck possession type player, trying to make plays with the puck, where as Hollmstrom is more up and down, perhaps less creative, and a guy that feeds off a guy like Wallmark? And what do you mean by wider toolset?

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Yeah, was more referring to the "profile" rather than the style of play.

But interesting comments, just the same.

Is this perhaps because Wallmark is more of a playmaking / puck possession type player, trying to make plays with the puck, where as Hollmstrom is more up and down, perhaps less creative, and a guy that feeds off a guy like Wallmark? And what do you mean by wider toolset?
Both are playmakers (though I think Wallmark has better hockey sense) but as romelson said; Holmström is more physical and has more grit to his game. He could do well in a scoring role as well as on an energy/checking line. Wallmark on the other hand needs to play on a top line to be effective.

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Obviously, Nylander is a great line mate for anyone, but it's not like Holmström wasnt a contributing factor. In U18WC one could see Holmström winning several battles along the boards, getting the puck to Nylander. Overall, there were several occasions one could see there was chemistry between the two. Holmström has strong playmaking skills. And as for his production, he led his J20 club team in scoring.
He didnt play much in the mens team last season, but his club Skelleftea are back-to-back SHL champions so the competition was as stiff as it possibly can get, within SHL. He'll be in the mens squad in SHL next season though, for sure.
Looks like his club strongly believes in him. Skelleftea just signed a 3-year contract with Axel Holmström.

http://skellefteaaik.se/artikel/55245/ (in swedish)

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After reading these comments on him, I'm stoked about the pick in the 7th round for the Red Wings. Skating can improve in the next 3 years. That seems to be his only weakness am I correct?

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Don't think his skating is that bad but he isn't a speedster.

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Typical Detroit 7th round pick.

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Typical Detroit 7th round pick.
You mean HOF bound?

Seriously though, like the pick. Even if for a reason or another he fails to fill a spot in the top 6, his skillset and playstyle would work in bottom 6 all the same. Big shoes to fill if he'd be the second Holmström in Detroit though...

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Pretty decent start this season in the SHL: 11-2-6-8
Could be an other steal late round pick for the wings!

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Pretty decent start this season in the SHL: 11-2-6-8
Could be an other steal late round pick for the wings!
Thrives on the PP, it seems. 6 out of 8 points on the man advantage.

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Thrives on the PP, it seems. 6 out of 8 points on the man advantage.
To be expected from an 18 year old playing against men and getting bottom 6 minutes.

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To be expected from an 18 year old playing against men and getting bottom 6 minutes.
Yep!

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I'm so excited about this kid. Top line, PP, and PK time at WJC. Finished with 7 points in 8 games.

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No bumps since January? Bummer. He has 20 pts in 44 games in the SHL on AIK. Currently has 9 points in 6 playoffs games while playing 4th line time + PP and has points in all 6 of the team's playoff games (thanks to ChadS)

From today:
Goal - https://gfycat.com/DelayedCandidKingfisher
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2 goals from the 28th here http://www.shl.se/video/standalone/11439404/ttvideo/

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