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Posted 24 June 2011 - 10:01 PM

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Potential to become an excellent role player. Has great size and wheels and works really hard. Gets involved in the rough stuff. Somewhat limited offensive upside. (EP 2011)
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 10:21 AM

not a lot of hope for him to make the WJC squad this year, i wonder if he's free to come over to our farm team this year (or if we'd even want to remove him from sweden right now)
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 10:49 AM

not a lot of hope for him to make the WJC squad this year, i wonder if he's free to come over to our farm team this year (or if we'd even want to remove him from sweden right now)

If he's nmot going to make the WJC he probably won't be able to play in the AHL next season.

He'll probably stay in Sweden for 2-3 years before coming over.
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 01:18 PM

I swear, if Winnipeg didn't move up, we would've gotten Zachary Yuen. Probably be a great story. Better than being next to the hated Byfuglien
You could see that awkwardness between them two during the interview when talking about the Canucks, and losing, and Toews, and riot ... sigh.
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 01:28 PM

Sounds like a tougher and lean version of Anton Rodin minus the offensive skill
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 02:20 PM

From Joey Kenward's CDC feature (includes quote from AGM Gilman):

With their second pick in the 4th round (120th), Vancouver selected Ludwig Blomstrand of Djugarden Jr in Sweden. A 6'1", 180lbs. left winger, Blomstrand played in 35 games, scoring just three goals and four assists. He was ranked 74th on NHL Central Scouting's final list of European skaters.

“He’s very much like Jannik Hansen,” says Canucks Assistant General Manager Laurence Gilman. “He’s a tremendous skater who plays with some level of tenacity. We think he can be a solid two-way guy in the NHL “


http://canucks.nhl.c...vid=DL|VAN|home





From Derek Jory's feature:

Ludwig lands in Van
After spreading their picks around the world from Denmark and the Czech Republic before heading home to North America with a Canadian and an American, the Canucks used three of their last four selections on players from Sweden.

Forward Ludwig Blomstrand was the next player on the board for Vancouver going to the Canucks 120th overall.

The native of Uppsala, Sweden, the capital of the fourth largest city of Sweden, is another lanky player at 6-foot-1 and 198-pounds.

Following a seven point (3-4-7) season for Blomstrand with Djurgarden Jr. of the Swedish Junior Elite League, Elite Prospects said the 18-year-old has “potential to become an excellent role player” because he “has great size and wheels and works really hard” and “gets involved in the rough stuff.”

I couldn’t dig up much more on Blomstrand, but keep in mind Thomas Gradin’s track record of scouting out Swedish players. Nuff said.


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Posted 25 June 2011 - 03:32 PM

He has a great name. So I am sold.
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 04:50 PM

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It's a Gradin pick so I'm sold. We'll see in 3 years if he pans out.
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Posted 26 June 2011 - 11:10 AM

There's been a lot of negativity about this pick (especially over at HFBoards--big surprise there) but I think quite a few people are reading too much into the low scoring numbers from the stats last season.

From what I've been hearing, the low productivity is more a function of the role he's been asked to play.

If you look at his numbers in the J18 (13 points in 8 games), you can see that Blomstrand can produce, when playing a more offensive role at the lower levels. But he seems to be a much better checker/defender and grit guy than an offensive player. The fact that he played 6 games at the WJC-18 and 15 total international games (in 2010-11) for Sweden's U18 team speaks to his abilities as a role player.

Definitely not a guy who'll ever be top-six, but he seems to have good potential to contribute as a bottom-six guy.

The 2011 EliteProspects profile (also quoted in the OP) seems to summarize his upside very well:

Potential to Become an excellent role player. Has great size and wheels and works really hard. Gets Involved in the rough stuff. Somewhat limited offensive upside. (EP 2011)

http://www.elitepros...hp?player=21651

I'd expect that he also scored well on character and hockey intelligence. There are definitely positives there, if you accept that he's a role player and not a superstar, and that's not even taking into account the intangibles that Gradin likely saw in him.

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 11:59 AM

A poor man's Jannick Hansen. Late pick, most picks don't pan out anyway. At least this guy will have a decent shot to make our fourth line in a few years.
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Posted 27 June 2011 - 01:23 AM

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if this guy makes the Canucks, Don Taylor will have fun w/ his name: "and Ludwig Beethovens one against the Blues, no less! What a symphony on skates!"

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 10:12 PM

There's been a lot of negativity about this pick (especially over at HFBoards--big surprise there) but I think quite a few people are reading too much into the low scoring numbers from the stats last season.

From what I've been hearing, the low productivity is more a function of the role he's been asked to play.

If you look at his numbers in the J18 (13 points in 8 games), you can see that Blomstrand can produce, when playing a more offensive role at the lower levels. But he seems to be a much better checker/defender and grit guy than an offensive player. The fact that he played 6 games at the WJC-18 and 15 total international games (in 2010-11) for Sweden's U18 team speaks to his abilities as a role player.

Definitely not a guy who'll ever be top-six, but he seems to have good potential to contribute as a bottom-six guy.

The 2011 EliteProspects profile (also quoted in the OP) seems to summarize his upside very well:


http://www.elitepros...hp?player=21651

I'd expect that he also scored well on character and hockey intelligence. There are definitely positives there, if you accept that he's a role player and not a superstar, and that's not even taking into account the intangibles that Gradin likely saw in him.


I hope you're right. Not really a fan of drafting someone with limited offensive upside, so I hope this is true and that he's just being asked to take on a more defensive role instead.
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Posted 03 July 2011 - 10:29 PM

He is the next Frederik Sjostrom.
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Posted 04 July 2011 - 12:50 PM

Booming shot.
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Posted 04 July 2011 - 12:53 PM

Booming shot.


Does he really?
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Posted 21 July 2011 - 10:23 PM

If he turns out anything like Hansen I'll be a happy camper. I don't see how he would be a poor man's Hansen seeing as he's a 4th round pick (120th Overall) when Hansen himself was drafted in the 9th round (287th Overall). If he develops well this could turn out nicely.
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Posted 22 July 2011 - 12:28 AM

Nothing wrong with drafting a hard nosed checker who can skate in the 4th round. Those are the guys who come through in the playoffs usually...see Hansen, Lapierre. And yes...good name for sure. Hope to see Ludwig wheeling on our 3rd/4th line someday, maybe higher you never know.
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Posted 22 July 2011 - 01:09 AM

It's like people expect us to draft superstars in the 4th round
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Posted 22 July 2011 - 08:01 PM

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It's like people expect us to draft superstars in the 4th round


Well, the LA Kings managed to draft Aaron Rome in the 4th round. Are you trying to say Rome isn't a superstar?
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Well, the LA Kings managed to draft Aaron Rome in the 4th round. Are you trying to say Rome isn't a superstar?


I've tried and tried, but I can find no flaw in this logic. You win, good sir.
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Posted 23 July 2011 - 11:15 PM

He most likely won't make Sweden's WJC team this season, but will probably make it the following season as a 19 year old as a role player on the 3rd/4th line.

If he makes it this year, we've got a real gem here people. He won't make it as a scoring player, but as a role player. If he can crack Sweden's U20 team at 18 as a role player, beating out his 19 & 20 year old competitions, it means that this kid has a heck of a talent skating, hitting, checking - a young Jannik Hansen, but better.

EDIT: Not trying to over-hype this kid. His potentials are really low (bottom 6 role player), but he is almost guaranteed to reach them. It's important to have great role players, and he might become one some day.

Edited by Dasein, 23 July 2011 - 11:18 PM.

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 03:06 PM

Ludwig's season has started on Djurgarden J-20 team. 1 assist in 2 games so far.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 10:03 PM

Been up with the big club for 4 games this year, but got 0 minutes in one game, 27 seconds in another, 46 seconds in another, and 8 minutes in one of them.

His game is not so much scoring but he has 3 assists in 7 games in his regular league of SuperElit.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 11:33 PM

whats the point of putting in a player for 0 mins played?

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 11:59 PM

Been up with the big club for 4 games this year, but got 0 minutes in one game, 27 seconds in another, 46 seconds in another, and 8 minutes in one of them.

His game is not so much scoring but he has 3 assists in 7 games in his regular league of SuperElit.

That has to be so frustrating.
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Posted 22 October 2011 - 03:48 AM

A kid has 3 A in 7 Games and they're averaging less than 2 min a game? He's playing with grown men and producing at a wonderful level considering his time and they're not playing him? Man I feel sorry for him..
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Posted 22 October 2011 - 06:19 AM

A kid has 3 A in 7 Games and they're averaging less than 2 min a game? He's playing with grown men and producing at a wonderful level considering his time and they're not playing him? Man I feel sorry for him..


No. He is averaging that time in the 4 games he played with the big club (Djurgardens - SEL). He has 3A in 7G playing for his regular club (Djurgardens J20 - SuperElit)
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:32 PM

Ludwig's been playing in the Elitserien, he has 1 assist in 18 games and 4 penalty minutes. Looks like he's been playing on the 4th line and seeing as he had 11g 10 a 21p in 27 games playing in the SuperElit, I'd say he's had a pretty good season. Has the potential to become a great roleplayer like Hansen, albeit more physical and less skilled offensively.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 12:16 AM

Ludwig's been playing in the Elitserien, he has 1 assist in 18 games and 4 penalty minutes. Looks like he's been playing on the 4th line and seeing as he had 11g 10 a 21p in 27 games playing in the SuperElit, I'd say he's had a pretty good season. Has the potential to become a great roleplayer like Hansen, albeit more physical and less skilled offensively.

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Thanks for the update. It's much easier to get results for Canucks prospects in North America. Tidbits on European prospects are usually few and far between, probably because the Euro league sites are a headache to navigate and understand. Appreciate it.
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 12:28 AM

Thanks for the update. It's much easier to get results for Canucks prospects in North America. Tidbits on European prospects are usually few and far between, probably because the Euro league sites are a headache to navigate and understand. Appreciate it.


Yeah, no problem. I was bored so I went through and checked in on all of our prospects over the last hour or so and I noticed that his thread hasn't been used since October so I made a small update. Also, use EliteProspects for our Euro prospects, it's quite headache free actually haha.
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