2017 NHL Entry Draft

Filip Westerlund

FILIP WESTERLUNDSweden

ARIZONA • ROUND: 2 OVERALL: 44

 

Previous Team: Gothenburg Frolunda (SHL)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 81

Vital Statistics

Position: D • Height: 5-11 • Weight: 179 • Shoots: Right
Birthdate: April 17, 1999 • Hometown: Harnosand, Sweden

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous: Harnosand Swe. U18); Gothenburg (Sweden U18/U20)
SHL Debut: Sept. 24, 2016 (Gothenburg vs. Gavle)
First SHL Goal: TBD

IN THE NEWS:
Is Compared to Erik Karlsson (in Swedish)
Making Waves as SHL Rookie (in Swedish)
Earns SHL Roster Spot at 17 (in Swedish)
Was on Sweden's U-16 Team (in Swedish)

Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "Smart, smooth-skating defenseman makes good first passes and limits mistakes." (Hockey News Draft Preview)

• "He plays a lot of minutes, sometimes double-shifted. Very active, he is a good passer with acceptable vision, although he had several turnovers, especially in the neutral zone. Competitive, he is willing to block shots and battles bigger players for the puck. Good European player with an outside chance of playing in the NHL as he gets bigger." (Phil Myre, ISS Scout)

• "Aready a regular in the top four on Frolunda’s blueline, so it surprised scouts to see the defenceman playing on the bottom pairing in Under-18 events behind 16-year-olds -- often playing a defensive role even though he lacks the strength and size to be overly effective in the corners or in front of the net." (Recrutes.ca)

• "Plays a confident game, especially in international play, and was aggressive in both the offensive and defensive zones. He is not afraid to pinch or drive the net when the opportunity is presented. In these decisions, he was decisive and did not tend to leave his teammates in vulnerable positions." (HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "A plus skater, his speed seems almost effortless. He moves well in all four directions, and shows the puck play to be relied on for both breakouts from his own end. ... He sees the game well and plays calmly and with patience and a high panic threshold. In his own zone, he keeps a tight gap and uses his stick well to break up plays." (McKeen's Draft Preview)