By John Vogl
Position: Right wing
European team: Modo (Sweden)
Born: Kramfors, Sweden
Measurables: 6-foot-1, 178 pounds
2013-14 stats: 45 games, five goals, six assists, 11 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 6 (Europe)
Lowdown: One of the most simplistic commands a coach can make is “get to the net.” That maneuver is also one of the more difficult to do judging by the coaches’ overuse of the phrase. It’s something Kempe doesn’t need to hear, though.
Kempe has a bull mentality on the ice, one that leads him toward the net on a consistent basis. He plays the north-south game that coaches desire noawadays, a no-frills attack that puts defensemen and goaltenders back on their skates. He already has an all-around game and can play well in his own zone.
While Kempe knows where the net is, he hasn’t proved he can find it with the puck. Still, his shot and playmaking skills show potential.
They said it: "He plays the body and is aggressive when forechecking. He has a good defensive game for a player with his offensive skills. He's a power forward, strong along the boards with smooth hands and is a very speedy skater. He's a solid two-way forward." – Goran Stubb, European director of NHL Central Scouting.
The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft, which begins June 27.
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