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Road to the NHL Draft: Alexander Wennberg

By John Vogl

Alexander Wennberg

Position: Center

Foreign team: Djurgarden (Sweden)

Born: Stockholm

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.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft June 30.

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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