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On The Rise! NHL Mock Draft...Wild Select Max Friberg

Spot the unhappy Canadian. Really.
Spot the unhappy Canadian. Really. recently made their mid-season mock draft picks in which their writers give their thoughts on which team will pick who. Steven Hoffner made an interesting pick for the Wild: Swedish winger Max Friberg. I thought this would be a great opportunity to continue our look into the Wild's potential 2011 1st round pick. 

If there was one player that benefited from the World Junior Championships, it would be Max Friberg. Relatively unknown before the tournament, Friberg was rated 15th in Sweden in the Central Scouting's Preliminary Rankings in November. He is now rated 6th after scoring 2 goals in 6 games during the WJC, including a beautiful goal against Canada where he batted the puck out of mid-air straight into the net.

Max Friberg goal vs Canada at 2011 WJC (2010-12-31) (via nhldraftvideo)

Friberg played well enough to impress The Hockey News writer Ross Maclean (also head scout for International Scouting Services), being named onto Maclean's WJC all-tournament undrafted prospect team, in which he states "Friberg is just a ball of energy with tremendous hands and was a consistently dangerous offensive threat for the Swedes throughout the WJC." (

That comment is also backed up by Future Considerations where they provide some very detailed scouting reports on Friberg, as shown below.

Max Friberg / Sweden
Left Wing / Skovde IK (Swe Div.1)
HT: 5’-10" / WT: 180 Lbs

Scouting Report: An offensively skilled winger…skates well some decent speed and overall mobility…has a fiesty attitude and is willing to engage in puck battles despite his smallish size…has some nice vision and can make some impressive passes…more of a sniper than a playmaker but can do both…possesses a strong shot that can fool tenders with its velocity…creative offensively and manages to manufature scoring chances when he has the puck…has nice hockey sense and smarts…has some soft hands which allows him to handle the puck in traffic…not overly big but does have some good leg strength and uses his low centre of gravity effectivly…needs to add upper body strength before moving on to the SEL which he likely will next season after his contract with Skovde expires.

Notes: Many in Sweden were suprised that Friberg, currently playing Division 1 hockey, made the World Junior squad instead of other prospects who are currently playing in the Swedish Elite league. He is a highly talented prospect who will likely be counted on to come off the bench and supply secondary scoring in Buffalo.

Max Friberg / Sweden
Left Wing / Skovde IK (Swe Div.1)
HT: 5’-10" / WT: 180 Lbs
GP 6 G 2 A 0 PTS 2 PIM 4
WJC Report:
One of the biggest suprises of the tournament. Not much was known about Friberg before his strong international showings of late as he was subject to very limited viewing before 10-11 but he has really jumped out especially with his preformance in Buffalo.

Coming from a division 1 team, Skovde IK, one thing is for sure; he has SEL skills. He is a quick darting winger with loads of energy, good hands and strong puck control at top speed. Despite being smallish, he weighs in at 180-pounds so he is not really tiny, he plays a feisty game where he is always involved and consistantly generating chances.  His quick feet, lightning fast release and willingness to engage physically with anyone are his best assets. His draft stock is sure to skyrocket after the preformance he put forth in Buffalo.

The Wild need an offensive winger prospect. Granlund is very versatile that he might switch the wing in the future but according to comments made by Wild management, it probably will not happen. In addition, the Wild have liked very much the progress of their defensive prospects (Marco Scandella, Justin Falk, Tyler Cuma, Nate Prosser and Jared Spurgeon). Don't kid yourself, all the talk of "best player available" really only applies when a team doesn't have a huge hole in their prospect pool, which in many cases teams have. For the Wild, that is the lack of an offensive winger and Friberg seems to fit that bill, also bringing in some skills that has made Cal Clutterbuck a favorite in Minnesota. The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is extremely deep with prospects with similar skill levels so it would not surprise me if Friberg (or anyone else for that matter) gets picked in the top 20 even if he was rated something entirely different by Central Scouting. We'll just have to wait and see.