And With The 18th Pick The Detroit Red Wings Select: Alexander Wennberg

Alexander Wennberg
Age: 18
Position: Center
Height: 6’1.5″
Weight: 190lbs
Junior Team: (Allsvenskan) Djurgardens
Stats: 46 GP / 14 G / 18 A / 32 P / 14 PIM

Over the next few weeks here at Octopus Thrower we will be profiling a number of draft eligible players who may be dawning a Detroit Red Wings jersey and cap at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on June 30th.

Alexander Wennberg is ranked 5th among International players and 15th overall by the International Scouting

Wennberg is a very skilled player on offense and defense, which suits in perfectly with the Red Wings system. His offensive game needs more work, but he possesses elite defensive abilities.

He is not afraid to go into the dirty areas, but is not yet strong enough to take on bigger guys and will need to bulk up before coming to the NHL.

On offense he is able to create his own scoring opportunities and his speed allows him to take the outside lane to the net.

Wennberg will not be coming directly to Detroit or Grand Rapids because he has committed to playing for Frolunda in the Elitserien for the next two seasons.

Alexander Wennberg’s breakdown:

Assets:

  1. Speed – He is one of the fastest prospects in the draft.
  1. Skating - He possess above-average to exceptional skating ability and uses it to crate chances for himself.
  1. Defense - he is a solid back checker and defensively responsible.

Flaws:

  1. Strength – Wennberg can be muscled off of the puck and beaten in the corners.
  1. Offense - He has preformed well in his first season in the SEL-2, but he needs to prove he can provide points consistently.
  1. Physicality – He does not like to throw his body around and will have to change this if he wants to make it to the NHL.

NHL Comparable(s):

  1. Valtteri FilppulaDoes not play very physical, but can shutdown the opposing teams top players.
  1. Mikko Koivu – He creates opportunities without being overly physical.
  1. Henrik ZetterbergHe does not possess the same elite skill as Zetterberg, but is an elite defensive player like him.

 Why He Interests The Red Wings:

The Red Wings have had players like Wennberg thrive in Detroit and would be a solid addition to the team.

Career Potential:

A top six center, who can take on an opposing player and shut them down offensively, while creating scoring chances of his own.

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