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 #27 Draft Prospect - Ludvig Bystrom
Don't forget to check out the Hockey Wilderness 2012 Draft Page as well. Just click on the picture.
Defenseman / Modo Hockey
Jul 20 1994
|2011/12 - MODO (SEL)
|2011/12 - Playoffs
|2011/12 - MODO Jr. (SuperElit)
|2011/12 - Playoffs
Accomplishments & Awards:
|2011/12||U18 WJC Silver Medal|
Prospect Jersey (What Would They Look Like In a Wild Jersey?)
Summarized Scouting Report
Proven to be a steady defensemen ... a fluid skater ... surprising elusiveness and above-average acceleration ... isn’t shy about initiating contact ... makes a good breakout pass ... excellent, crisp passes ... will aggressively attack off the rush and drive the net in-zone ... excellent hockey smarts ... reads the play exceptionally well ... makes good decisions moving the puck ... excellent instincts at both ends of the ice ... thrives defensively ... intelligent gap-control ... effective positioning ... possesses an active stick ... has shown that he can handle playing against older players
Lacks ‘ideal’ size and strength ... lacks a blistering shot ... his offensive potential isn’t up there
Top four two-way defenseman
Pontus Åberg - NHL Draft Eligible 2012 (via ThaAngelus1)
Where Does He Fit In The Wild?
He IS Swedish but is more defensive than he is offensive, so he doesn't exactly fit for a team dying for offense
Sweden has some serious talent coming these recent years, and this year is full of talent. I have Bystrom ranked 5th amongst Swedish draft eligibles and still have him in the first round. That is saying something.
Here's a player that has average height but good mobility, smart and very steady. Consistency is Bystrom's game and he does it very well. He plays a smart and safe game defensively with good positioning and an active stick. He skates quite well and has some decent hands to move the puck out of danger and transition to the offense.
There is no real flaw in his game besides a lack of offensive upside, which is still being explored. He does make a good breakout pass but lacks a shot from the blueline and does not have a dynamic offensive game to carry the offense. He plays very safe and because of that he is very steady and consistent, but some would like to see him take a bit of risk and chance to develop his offensive side.
If you are picking late in the first, Bystrom makes a very good pick because selecting a consistent talented blueliner is never a bad idea. He will have time developing his offensive game and to experiment a bit to see if he can become more than just a steady, defensive defenseman.
Special thanks to HFBoards, Future Considerations, The Hockey Writers, TSN, OHLProspeccts and The Scouting Repor