This mock draft by the Fansided Sports Network sure is flying by fast. It’s already on the 19th pick, which Tampa Bay acquired from Detroit. In the 1st round, 19th overall pick Bolts By The Bay selects Henrik Samuelsson from Ledsand, Sweden. Being raised in the U.S., language nor culture will be a barrier. He’s fast. He’s agile. He’s a right winger who is beefy in size and good on the boards. In tight situations he finds a way to clear space and get the puck. He hits and doesn’t back down from physical confrontation. That is his downfall. Since being with the Oil Kings, he’s had 2 suspensions, one of which kept him out of 2 playoff games. That’s not exactly looking out for your team. He had 11 points in 11 games in the Under 17 World Juniors. He has a silver medal for the Under 17 World Juniors, and a gold medal for the World Juniors. He’s no stranger to pressure or performing when it counts. When he’s in a situation where he can’t play the puck, he’s good at finding an open teammate and getting him the puck. In the past year he’s gone from playing for the US NTDP, the top level of junior hockey, to playing in Sweden for his father. He did great in playing teams in the under 20 age. He did struggle, however, with the grown men. Now he’s back in America playing for the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings. For such changes in international play they say he is adjusting well.
Height: 6’2″ Weight: 192 Born: 2-7-1994 in Leksand, Sweden Position: C/RW
ETA: 2-3 Years
Physical Style Of Play
Accuracy in Shot
Hard Shot/Slap Shot/ One-Timer
Players Compared To:
Corey Price, Ryan Getzlaf
I think that Henrik Samuelsson would be a good fit to a needed hole in Tampa. If he could get his penalties under control, I feel he’d be a great asset to the team. Under Coach Guy Boucher’s leadership, Samuelsson can achieve that level of self discipline. Besides, we need someone named Henrik like the ‘cool teams’ have.
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