The Colorado Avalanche hold the 27th overall selection in June 28’s NHL draft, and we’ll be beginning our draft prep with some profiles of players who may be available when the Avalanche make their pick.
In addition to these profiles, CHN will also soon have draft commentary from a CHL scout, as well as an interview with the Director of Scouting for the Scouting Service in the near future.
Today’s player profile is of Frolunda forward Otto Stenberg.
Date of Birth: May 29, 2005 (18)
Games: 29 (with J20 team)
NHL Draft Rankings Roundup:
Mckeens Hockey: 22
HockeyProspect.com January Ranking: Outside of Top 32
The Athletic: 28
Evan’s Scouting Report:
Stenberg is an interesting player. I liked the improvement from him from the start of the year to the end, where he was one of the top players at the Under-18’s. A very confident player with the puck on his stick, and he’s not afraid to shoot the puck at all. Has a very heavy shot with a quick release, and uses it plenty. Not a bad passer by any means, but more of a shooter than a playmaker. On the powerplay, he was used on the half-wall, and scored plenty of goals from there. Listed as both a center and a wing, but more likely to be a winger moving forward, and that’s what he played in my viewings. Not a big player, and not overly physical, but isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas of the ice. He’s a strong skater with a smooth stride. That confidence with the puck sometimes gets him into trouble, but like seeing someone who trusts their skill. Backchecks hard, and wore the “C” at the Under-18’s.
His production with his under-20 team in Frolunda is a little underwhelming, especially compared to fellow draft eligible forward Noah Dower Nilsson (who I really like), but he moved around quite a bit. Played 25 games in the SHL, but did not play a ton, averaging just around seven minutes a game. The offensive explosion at the Under-18’s was a great way for him to finish off the year.
The Avalanche looked to Sweden just two years ago with the Oskar Olausson pick. Could they do it again?
Here’s a compilation of all of Stenberg’s points at the Under-18’s.