NHL Draft Profile: Alexander Wennberg

Monday, 06.03.2013 / 3:00 PM
By Kristyn Repke - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


The picture above left features Alexander Wennberg, a center currently playing for Djurgarden IF Stovkholm in the Swedish Allvenskan League. Over the past few years, Wennberg has impressed on the international stage with his play in the 2012 IIHF Under-18 World Championships and the 2013 World Junior Championships, helping his team bring home the silver medal in both tournaments.

Wennberg is a shifty player who possess an active stick and alert hockey sense. He can read players to make poke checks and take pucks off opponents’ sticks in the blink of an eye.

Once he takes the puck, good luck catching him. He is definitely one of the better skaters available in the draft with explosive speed and acceleration. 



Wennberg’s skating, when coupled with his excellent puck handling skills, makes him extremely difficult for opponents to shut down and defend one-on-one. He’s excellent at changing direction, stopping and starting on a moment’s notice.

As more of a playmaker than goal scorer, Wennberg’s vision and hockey sense lead to near flawless execution and smart plays in every zone. He is not afraid to battle at the top of the crease or along the boards to make a big play which leads to great opportunities for his teammates.

When he does score, his goals have come off rebounds, tip-ins and redirections rather than snipes. However, he doesn’t shoot from a distance often because though accurate, his shot lacks the quick release and power needed to get past elite goaltenders.

On the defensive side of the puck, Wennberg is strong on the backcheck and his vision allows him to interfere with the opposition’s passing lanes, pushing players to the outside and neutralizing offense -- basically, he knows where to be and when to be there.

If drafted by the Blue Jackets, it is expected that he will need a transition period to adjust from Olympic-sized rinks to the smaller NHL rink. After this transition, he could easily fit in as a third line center and excel on the penalty killing unit.

Wennberg has the potential to develop into a top six center with two way capabilities, and one who can be utilized in all situations.

Statistics

Season     GP    G     A    Pts   +/-   PIM

2012-13    46    14   18    32    10   14

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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