I'm not sure any overaged player will be picked. We did not have one last year.
The candidates though IMO.. are
Johan Franzén (Linköping)
Niklas Persson (Leksand)
Stefan Pettersson (Djurgården)
very slim chance
If all of these would get picked I would predict Stefan Pettersson to be drafted first. He is an explosive player with a strong physical game, good scoring touch and a player that should not have any major problems adjusting to the North American game.
WJC players.. Henrik Blomqvist
had pretty good tournaments from what I have read and all bring something to the table. Blomqvist is an excellent physical defenseman (a bit on the short side though), Sondell is a very gifted offensive defenseman, Monir Kalgoum is a perfect role player and Joakim Lundström is a future starter in the SEL.
Brynäs-player Patrik Rönnqvist could become the perfect agitator IMO, but I doubt he'll get drafted.
Djurgården's Kenneth Bergqvist should have no problems playing
in North America just like Stefan Petterson, but I have a feeling
he must produce more points in the SEL to draw the scouts' attention.
I really like HV 71's Martin Thörnberg and his slapper, but I don't think his rookie numbers in the SEL will be impressive enough for him to get drafted.
Another player that I like is Luleå's Karl Fabricius. A player that can put the puck in the net and will most likely
become a very good SEL player in the future.
A lot of people have been waiting for Peter Öberg, MoDo's tough youngster to get drafted the last couple of years. It hasn't happened
and will likely not until he starts to produce more. A shame, because I think he'll be a good one in the future.
AIK's Fredrik Hynning and Mattias Beck are future SEL players and bring a lot of offense. But Beck wasn't drafted last year, after a very strong season in the SEL so there is not much hope he'll get picked this year either.
Skellefteå's Jörgen Sundkvist might only be the #4 or #5 defenseman on the team but on the other hand SAIK's defense is pretty deep. He would have been drafted several year's ago had he been taller, IMO.
..obviously there are many more skilled players in the SEL.. but if a young senior player is to get drafted it is way more likely if he is currently in the SEL.
I´d go with 23-year old forward Johan Franzén as well, this kid impresses me more and more. The new coach in Linköping Roger Melin seems to have done a great job with him. But I do think he would have a better chance being picked next year, after a World Championship tournament.