Depends if you like apples or oranges really. A two-way center who does most things above average or a speedy winger who can snipe the puck. Both have a nice frame and skating. Wennberg's had a much better season, safer pick.
Any updates on this guy? Really liking how he might fit with the Sens based on some of his games I've seen. We could use a real elite winger prospect in our system. Could he be that guy?
Wennberg looked great in yesterday's game. Showed some nice stickhandling skills. Compared to F. Forsberg (who is only a month older and also plays in Allsvenskan), I'm more impressed by Wennberg's play. I will not be surprised if he is picked top 15 in the draft.
Alexander Wennberg: 2013 NHL Draft Player Profile #18
Alexander Wennberg has spent the season playing for Djurgården in the Swedish Allvenskan. Some think that the Allsvenskan is like the Swedish version of the AHL, this is not the case. With the way Sweden’s pro hockey leagues are set up, we need to remember that they are set up like European Football (Soccer) leagues. The Allsvenskan is basically the equivalent of the Italian Serie “B” to the Elite League’s Serie “A”, or like the Championship League instead of the Barclay’s Premier League. Wennberg is not stuck in the Allvenskan by any fault of his own, but rather by Djurgarden’s performance prior to him joining the team. He has been part of the Djurdarden developmental program and junior league teams for several years prior to joining the big club. Following the season, it was announced that Wennberg’s rights had been transferred to Frolunda in the Elitserien.
So what keeps him out of the top 10 of the draft if he doesn't go there/what are his weaknesses?
He doesn't really have any big weaknesses but he's pretty weak and he likes to stay on the outside a lot. He has constantly showed improvements though and that's the main reason to his success this season. He is very light though, much like Jonas Brodin was when he was drafted, they have very similar frames.
Who's a realistic comparable? I've seen a few people use Henrik Zetterberg, but I think that's a bit extreme.
Zetterberg is not a very good comparable. Wennberg is more of a Loui Eriksson in terms of style. He's a better skater but not as good in front of the net. It will be really interesting to see what he can do in the SEL next season playing on a very young but extremely talented team.
I think I have seen Wennberg in about 65+ games this last season.
He has terrific skating, great hands and hockey IQ. His ability to make plays are fantastic. What impresses me the most about him is the level of maturity he seems to have in his game compared to other players of the same age. Wennberg knows when to speed the game up and when to slow it down. He just doesn't have one gear like many other juniorplayers have these days. He isn't heavy but he is still hard to knock over due to his balance. But is he a player who fits better on the big ice? Probably. Why isn't he going higher? He needs to work on his shoting and probably needs to drive to the net and the dirty areas more often. He did improves this ALOT this season though. Which is why he only scored one goal in over 40+ games the season before.