Prospect Grade: 7.0 D (About Prospect Grades)
Profile Contributed By: HF Staff
Erixon was overlooked in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, but has a fairly good 2007-08 campaign behind him where he played quite convincingly in both the SEL with Timrå and in the Swedish second tier league with Sundsvall. In the top league, his ice time was limited, but in Sundsvall he got more responsibilities and was very close to making the Swedish U20 WJC squad as an underager.
Passed over in previous drafts.
Erixon is a strong-skating two-way defenseman with very good hockey sense. Not a big player, but he compensates this with his smartness and good positioning. He plays a fairly safe game defensively and can contribute offensively with good passes and a decent shot. Puck handling is good and added strength is the key for him to take his game to another level. Although he rarely gets caught out of position, more muscles will be needed once he on regular basis will be forced to handle big and strong forwards in the top league.
Erixon hopes to make Timrå’s SEL roster as a full time regular. A difficult task, but not unlikely. Should he have problems getting regular shifts, he will most likely be sent on loan to the lower league again. Erixon will have to have a poor season not make Sweden’s next WJC team and from what he has shown so far, he should be able to become a quality defenseman in Sweden. As far as the NHL goes, Erixon is not your typical defenseman at generous 5’11, but has above average hockey sense and the determination to improve his game.
This guy looks pretty good, putting up 20 pts as a young D is hard in Sweden.