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Road to the NHL Draft: Elias Lindholm

By John Vogl

Elias Lindholm

Position: Center

Foreign team: Brynas (Sweden)

Born: Boden, Sweden

Measurables: 6-foot, 181 pounds

2012-13 stats: 48 games, 11 goals, 19 assists, 30 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 3 (European)

Lowdown: Lindholm continually excels outside his peer group. He was a 16-year-old star playing against 18-year-olds, tore up an under-20 league as a 17-year-old and performed admirably this season against men while turning 18. The progression should continue once he reaches the NHL.

Lindholm is a two-way center who has drawn comparisons to countryman Peter Forsberg. He has outstanding passing vision, and he knows how to find the net. He’s averaged 14 goals, 33 assists and 47 points in 41 games the past three seasons while steadily climbing the competition ladder. What sets Lindholm apart is his defensive awareness. He knows what to do at both ends of the ice.

Lindholm isn’t a big middle man, but he could fill out. He learned to sidestep checks in the Swedish elite league. He intends to play at least one more season with Brynas, according to TSN, so teams who want him in North America immediately might take a pass.

They said it: "He can be a tremendous player. He has the smartness and he has the grit to play. He has the most important combination, and that is both the will to compete hard and the smarts to be a really good player." – Roger Ronnberg, Lindholm’s coach on Sweden’s world junior team, to

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


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