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Two Swedes are rated among the top 5 draft choices in the 2018 NHL entry draft

June 2, 2018

Two Swedes — Rasmus Dahlin and Adam Boqvist — are rated number one and number five by Hockey News in the 2018 National Hockey League Entry Draft, which will take place on June 22-23 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Dahlin, age 18, is a 6-2, 183 pound defenseman who played for Frolunda during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.  He is most likely to be drafted by the Buffalo Sabres, which has the first pick in the 2018 draft.

“Picture Peter Forsberg on the blueline.  That’s what Buffalo is set to get in Dahlin — a slick, skilled, ultra-competitive and downright mean D-man,” wrote Matt Larkin in Hockey News.

The last Swede picked number one in the NHL draft was Mats Sundin in 1989.

“He’s a little like a Peter Forsberg character,” said Tomas Monten, who was Dahlin’s world junior coach. “He gets really mean. He has a high temper.  That gives him a competitive edge at practices and especially in games. He doesn’t lose his head, but he competes.  He’s going to have more dirty tricks than people think. He’s not going to take anything for granted and he’s going to battle for everything.”

Monten added: “I don’t see him as an Erik Karlsson type of defender, but I see him more like a Viktor Hedman.  More like a ‘D’ that can play on your power play, that can score points, he can move the puck for you, but he can also defend, he can play a physical game, he can play a shutdown role.”

Dahlin grew up in Lidkoping, a town of about 25,000 persons.

“His father, Martin, played defense in Sweden’s second and third divisions for a decade and still dabbles in coaching,” it was reported in Hockey News.  “Rasmus’ older brother, Felix, played Tier III pro as a right winger.  He’s just 20 now but has already retired from competitive hockey because of arthritis.  Almost all of Rasmus’ immediate family members suffer from it, including his mother and sister.  But not to worry — multiple scouts suggest it’s not a problem in Rasmus, as he has shown no signs of it and it wouldn’t affect him until later in his career if it arrives.”

Hockey News said of Dahlin: “On top of a successful campaign in Sweden’s top league, the wunderkind D-man was also a star at the world juniors and advanced to earn a place on Sweden’s Olympic team, making hi the youngest player in Korea.”

Boqvist, who will be 18 in August, is a 5-11, 170 pound defenseman who has played for Brynas since the 2014-15 season.  At this summer’s Ivan Hlinka tournament, he finished second among all scores with eight points in five games and helped Sweden win the bronze medal.

“He’s made for today’s game,” it was said in Hockey News.  “He’s a great skater, has excellent puck skills, poise and vision.  He transports and manages the puck well.  He’s the favored size for a lot of people right now, the kind of guy that would have been overlooked before.”

Boqvist’s older brother, Jesper, plays for Brynas IF of the Swedish Hockey League. He was draft by the New Jersey Devils in 2017.

Other Swedes ranked as Top 60 draft choices by Hockey News are: Isac Lundestrom (No. 14), Ramus Sandin (No. 17), Jacob Olofsson (No. 23), Jonatan Berggren (No. 36), Filip Johansson (No. 38), Adam Ginning (No. 40), Filip Hallander (No. 43), Nils Lundkvist (No. 51), Albin Eriksson (No. 56) and Olof Lindbom (No. 59).

Lundestrom is a 6-0, 185 pound center who has played for Lulea since the 2014-2015 season. He was born in Gallivare.

Sandin is a 5-11, 190 pound defenseman who since the 2013-2014 season has played for MoDo, Almtuna, Brynas and Sault Ste. Marie (OHL).  He was born in Uppsala.

Olofsson is a 6-2, 192 pound center who has played for Timra since the 2015-2016 season. He was born in Pitea.

Berggren is a 5-11, 183 pound right wing who played for Enkoping during the 2014-2015 season and has played for Skelleftea since the 2015-2016 season.  He was born in Uppsala.

Johansson is a 6-1, 187 pound defenseman who has played for Chomutov in the Czech Republic since the 2014-2015 season.  He was born in Vasteras.

Ginning is a 6-3, 196 pound defenseman who has played for Linkoping since the 2014-2015 season.  He was born in Linkoping.

Hallander is a 6-1, 185 pound center who has played for Timra since the 2015-2016 season. He was born in Sundsvall.

Lundkvist is a 5-11, 174 pound defenseman who has played for Lulea since the 2015-2016 season.  He was born in Pitea.

Eriksson is a 6-4, 205 pound left wing who has played for Skelleftea since the 2016-2016 season.  He was born in Bollnas.

Lindbom is a 6-2, 185 pound goalie who has played for Djurgarden since the 2015-2016 seasons.  He was born in Stockholm.

Andrei Svechnikov of Russia, Brady Tkachuk of USA and Filip Zadina of Czech Republic are rated as the second, third and fourth highest draft picks by Hockey News.

 

 

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