The draft, hands down, is the best time of the hockey season. Maybe I'm just saying that because the Wild haven't been seen post-season action since 2008, but that is besides the point.
The Wild hold seven picks this year, including the 7th overall pick. The last time that Wild had a pick this high was when the team selected Benoit Pouliot 4th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (the beginning of the Wild's awful draft record, as seen by our pal's inspiration for their blog's name...).
However, since GM Chuck Fletcher and Assistant GM Brett Flahr arrived, the team has started to see some promise. Some of these names include the Christ-like (or whoever you pray to) Mikael Granlund, Johan Larsson, Charlie Coyle and the recently drafted Jonas Brodin.
So, on June 22nd-23rd, we will all sit down in front of the television/computer and watch the draft. But if you are wondering, "who's who", then you haven't been reading HW because thats my job.
So without further ado:
Introducing our 2012 NHL #18 Draft Prospect - Sebastian Collberg
Don't forget to check out the Hockey Wilderness 2012 Draft Page as well. Just click on the picture.
Right Wing / Frolunda HC
Feb 23 1994
|2011/12 - Frolunda HC (Elitserien)||41||0||0||0||2|
|2011/12 - Frolunda HC U20 (SuperElit)||21||9||8
Accomplishments & Awards:
|2011/12||U20 WJC Gold Medal|
|U18 WJC Silver Medal|
|J18 SM Bronze Medal|
|J18 Allsvenskan Best Forward|
|2010/11||Junior European Trophy Champion|
|Junior European Trophy All-Star Team|
|J20 SM Gold Medal|
|J18 SM Gold Medal|
Prospect Jersey (What Would They Look Like In a Wild Jersey?)
More Swedes, please.
Summarized Scouting Report
Collberg is one of the most intriguing offensive talents in the draft ... has the skills to compete for a top-six role in the NHL ... great speed ... his shot is arguably the most lethal in the draft ... ability to always be around the puck despite his size issues ... elite offensive skills ... plays with a lot of flair in his game ... a top-notch playmaker ... soft hands ... great one-on-one skills ... nose for the puck ... uncanny puck sense and instincts
A little undersized ... needs to continue to add strength to his game ... defensive zone coverage will need some work ... will need more consistency
Top six offensive forward
Sebastian Collberg, Shootout Goal vs Switzerland - IIHF 12/28/2011-2012 [HD] (via Quickbeam21)
Where Does He Fit In The Wild?
The Wild have added alot of two-way talent over the past years but still lack offense, which Collberg is plenty off.
After Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk, Collberg is arguably the top offensive forward available, something the Wild have lacked greatly.
And we like our Swedes.
He's offensively talented, great shot, and he can skate. He plays with hardwork and isn't afraid to play physical.
So what is the problem?
In 41 games in the SEL, he has zero points. To be fair, he isn't very much because pro teams in Sweden prefer to use their more veteran players, but still, its concerning. In addition, it is quite clear, Collberg needs more muscle and strength to compete because often times he gets overpowered.
As Wild fans, we're used to having undersized players, sometimes they work out, sometimes they don't. Collberg works hard and is dangerously offensively, but clearly has work to do maturing and gaining muscle. That is key if he wants to make it in the NHL.
Special thanks to HFBoards, Future Considerations, The Hockey Writers, TSN, OHLProspeccts and The Scouting Repor