By John Vogl
Foreign team: Djurgarden (Sweden)
Measurables: 6-foot-1, 174 pounds
2012-13 stats: 46 games, 14 goals, 18 assists, 32 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 5 (European)
Lowdown: Wennberg has knowledge of all three forward positions, but his skill set works best at center. He’s a speedy, shifty skater who remains calm with the puck. He likes to play at a quick pace and had a high shooting percentage by getting to the scoring areas.
Wennberg’s team played in Sweden’s second division, so he hasn’t faced the same level of adult competition as other top Europeans. He excelled with Djurgarden, though, and led the team with four game-winning goals. He can take care of the defensive zone and has garnered a reputation as a two-way player.
He’s reportedly signed a two-year contract with Frolunda of the Swedish elite league, so he wouldn’t be ready for the NHL until 2015.
They said it: "Excellent skater who has a free and easy stride with excellent quickness and a change of pace. Is capable of keeping defenders on their heels. He can open up ice and space for himself with his skating.” – Craig Button, former Calgary general manager, on TSN.ca.
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