20 Prospects in 20 Days: Alexander Wennberg

 

Source: City-Press

With only 10 days left until the first round of the NHL Draft in New Jersey, The PensNation will be breaking down a prospect each day until June 30th. Today, we will take a closer look at center Alexander Wennberg.

Source: NHL.com

Center Alexander Wennberg, Djurgarden Jr. (SWE-JR.), 18 years old

Height: 6’1″, Weight:  174 pounds, Shoots: Left

RANKED:

NHL Central Scouting: 5th among International skaters
TSN: 12th among all players

2012-13 Stats: 49 games played, 14 goals, 21 assists, 35 points, +10, 14 penalty minutes

 

Source: Timo Savela

THE SCOOP: One interesting player to watch in this year’s draft is Alexander Wennberg, who is a center from Sweden. His offensive numbers do not stand out compared to other international prospects, but Winnberg is a very smart player and should get drafted sometime in the first round. He has played in many international tournaments with Olympic sized arenas and has been successful. Therefore, he may have an adjustment period where he will have to get used to the North American game and the rinks. One of the best parts of Wennberg’s game is his speed. He is easily one of the fastest prospects in this year’s draft and many NHL teams love to have forwards with speed. He makes it very difficult for defenders to take the puck away from him. Wennberg is more of a playmaker than a sniper with his excellent vision on the ice. Wennberg is a player who can make his linemates better with his great passing ability.  He is not very effective on the boards due to his size, but he is willing to go into dirty areas to score. Defensively, he knows his responsibilities and works hard to be successful. He takes away shooting and passing lanes in addition to covering his man. The only part of his defensive game that needs some work is his physicality. With a player his size, NHL teams would like to see him hit opponents more often. Wennberg is not flashy, but he could develop into a first or second line center in the NHL. Corey Pronman had this to say about Wennberg: “Wennberg’s development has been trending upward over the past year. By midseason, he was playing significant minutes in the SEL-2 pro league, and did not appear out of place for an 18-year-old in that role. He is a versatile player, capable of lining up at all three forward positions. One NHL executive described him as really hard to knock. His skating is above average, and some scouts have classified it as high end because of his speed and elusiveness. His offensive instincts stand out; one NHL head scout told me his hockey sense and creativity were strong. He has the puck skills and vision to create scoring chances for himself and others. His defensiveness awareness enables him to kill penalties effectively. His game shows a unique power element, but to succeed in North America with that style, he will have to bulk up.” Three teams to watch that may have interest in Wennberg are the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Islanders, and Montreal Canadiens. I would not call Wennberg an elite player, but he will definitely contribute offensively and defensively on an NHL team in a year or two.

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Previously Seen in “20 Prospects in 20 Days”:

June 10, 2013: Bo Horvat
June 11, 2013: Aleksander Barkov
June 12, 2013: Zachary Fucale
June 13, 2013: Nikita Zadorov
June 14, 2013: Max Domi
June 15, 2013: Anthony Mantha
June 16, 2013: Hunter Shinkaruk
June 17, 2013: Elias Lindholm
June 18, 2013: Valeri Nichushkin
June 19, 2013: Sean Monahan

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