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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #87 Carl Wassenius

Carl Wassenius is a player that you won’t see on very many rankings but comes in as the 87th ranked prospect in our consolidated rankings.

We’ve included him in our top 100 because of some encouraging draft data that makes him pop and the fact that he has just continued to produce at every level he has been at. From the eye test side, he has always been a noticeable player on a regular basis.

Obviously, we’d like to have seen him play more games in Swedish professional hockey by this point but there are enough reasons to think he is worth a flyer at some point in the draft.

Let’s take a look at the Swedish centre, Carl Wassenius.

Bio

  • Age/Birthdate: 17.94/ October 6, 1999
  • Birthplace: SWE
  • Frame:6-foot-2/ 201 lbs
  • Position: Centre
  • Handedness: Left
  • Draft Year Team: Orebro HK J20(Superelit)
  • Accomplishments/Awards:
  • 2016-2017
    • J18 Allsvenskan (South) Most Goals (16)
    • J18 Allsvenskan (South) Most Points (39)
    • J18 Elit (East) Most Assists (36)
    • J18 Elit (East) Most Goals (26)
    • J18 Elit (East) Most Points (62)
    • J18 Elit (Overall) Most Assists (36)
    • J18 Elit (Overall) Most Points (62)
  • 2017-2018
    • J20 SM Bronze Medal

Stats

Career

2017-18 Season

GP G A P SEAL INV% 5v5 Pr INV% 5v5 eP160 Sh/Gp Sh% GF% GF%rel GD60rel XLS% XPR xVAL
34 16 24 40 0.66 37.0% 25.8% 1.67 3.65 13% 50.0% -1.3% -0.13 23% 29.3 2.0

His involvement in team scoring and shot generation rates are what really stand out for Wassenius. If the Orebro junior team was scoring, he was probably part of it and that’s always a good thing to see. No large breaks in offensive production with some reliance on powerplay production but nothing to be overly concerned about. Some struggles at 5v5 to close out the year.

Adjusted Scoring (SEAL)

Team Relative

Cohort Based

Another thing that stood about Wassenius is his pGPS – with a success rate of 22.5% among his cohorts. Some really interesting names in there with Jakob Silfverberg being his closest comparable.

Our Take

Obviously scouting the SuperElit can be a tricky venture and that is reinforced by the fact that there are limited scouting reports on Wassenius.

He has the size already to be an effective player but isn’t quick. He can get going when given space to have full strides. Wassenius is strong on the puck but displays some soft hands with stickhandling and passing.  His shot isn’t particularly strong and will be something that needs to be improved. The Swedish pivot is good at slipping into gaps in coverage and then using his puck skills to his advantage.

Wassenius finished 20th in league scoring trailing top prospect Dominik Bokk by one point, but worth adding that Wassenius did play one less game than Bokk at this level this year. Bokk went onto play some games in the SHL and the WJHC D1A this season, which allowed some more eyes on his game.

There are some issues with Wassenius’s game, in particular, his acceleration and agility on his skates and his shot. As with any 18 year old, there are some defensive reads that I would like to see improved.

But Wassenius really jumps out from an analytics standpoint with his shot generation through the roof, a really encouraging success rate among cohorts, and being a key cog of offence for his team. Honestly, Wassenius may just be a victim of his circumstance in the sense that he wasn’t able to get a chance in the Allsvenskan or SHL this season.

Personally, I had left him out of my top 100 due to only a handful of viewings but that was prior to really diving into the draft data that was available. With both of those angles in mind, Wassenius is someone who is worth the draft pick at any point after the second round. He has the potential to be a player that we look back on and ask ‘where did he come from?’

Further Reading

Consolidated Average Future Considerations Hockey Prospect.com ISS Hockey McKeen’s The Athletic TSN Bob McKenzie TSN Craig Button The Hockey News Sportsnet ESPN Dobber Prospects
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CanucksArmy’s 2018 NHL Draft Rankings

#88 Vladislav Kotkov
#89 Emil Westerlund #90 Jerry Turkulainen #91 Stanislav Demin
#92 Tyler Madden #93 Jan Jenik #94 Olivier Rodrigue
#95 Xavier Bernard #96 Kristian Tanus #97 LUKAS WERNBLOM
#98 NANDO EGGENBERGER #99 MATTHEW STRUTHERS #100 SHAWN BOURDIAS

 

  • Thanks for the articles Ryan. Here is a question I have about player’s size and development. How often do the bigger players get quicker? All people grow and develop differently. While many of the smaller players have the quickness and better skills at a young age, they usually have to add strength in order to survive in the pro game. It’s normally different for the bigger players. Many of them seem to struggle with coordination and other issues due to having grown a lot. The bigger players normally lag behind in their skills and skating, but often protect the puck better and work the corners and front of the net well owing to the size. Their skills and quickness often lag behind.

    In this article, you said he skates well once at speed but lacks quickness. To some degree that seems to be a strength issue. I’m sure many of the off season drills are different know, but I remember some of my teammates swearing by squads to improve their quickness and top speed. Do you think the proper strength and fitness program can assist with the quickness and acceleration? I look at how much Horvat has improved his acceleration and top speed and wonder how much of an improvable skill it is.

    • I do absolutely think so (the last point you made) – it’s a combination of strength in their legs, the ability to refine the stride/movement and understanding how to use those together.

      Sometimes – it won’t be fully corrected and could limit the overall ceiling of the player. Which may not be a bad thing as they adapt their game. In this circumstance, it’s just something that stands out in the viewings (albeit limited) of him