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NHL Draft:1st Round (5th Overall): Carolina Selects Elias Lindholm

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Lindholm, a native of Gavle, Sweden, is the third-ranked European skater by the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Service. Similar to Barkov, Lindholm, 18, attracted attention with a stellar season in a professional league as a teenager.

 

Developed in the Brynas system, Lindholm made his debut in the Swedish Hockey League as a 17-year-old, skating in 12 regular-season games and two playoff matches for the Brynas men’s team. In the same season on Brynas’ under-20 squad, Lindholm notched 49 points (14g, 35a) in 36 games.

 

In 2012-13, Lindholm made the full-time jump to the Swedish Hockey League. In 48 games with Brynas, he led all SHL juniors with 30 points (11g, 19a) and was only one of two Brynas skaters who finished the season with a plus rating. Lindholm ranked fourth among SHL junior players, second among SHL junior forwards and sixth among Brynas forwards in average ice time with 16:17. In four playoff games, Lindholm’s average ice time jumped to 18:36, ranking fifth on Brynas. He finished the season as an SHL rookie of the year finalist.

 

Lindholm is a two-time silver medalist in international play. As an alternate captain for the Swedish national team in the 2012 World Under-18 Championship, Lindholm potted three points (2g, 1a) in four games. He recorded four points (2g, 2a) in six games skating with Team Sweden at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

 

 

Some scouts have compared Lindholm to fellow Swede Peter Forsberg. MacDonald cautions against such lofty association, even if he projects as a future top-six forward.

 

Lindholm hails from a hockey background. His father, Mikael, was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 12th round (237th overall) of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He logged 18 games in the NHL in the 1989-90 season, posting four points (2g, 2a). Aside from nearly 30 games in the AHL and a season in the now-defunct International Hockey League (IHL), the balance of Mikael’s 14-year hockey career was largely spent in the then-Swedish Elite League.

 

 

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I like it.  It isn't a bad pick just because he wont play next year.

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Michael Smith ‏@MSmithCanes
When asked about the NHL next season, Lindholm smiled and said, "We'll see."

 

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Michael Smith ‏@MSmithCanes

When asked about the NHL next season, Lindholm smiled and said, "We'll see."

 

Michael Smith ‏@MSmithCanes

Lindholm just finished up his first NHL media scrum. Speaks excellent English.

 

Chip Alexander ‏@ice_chip

Lindholm says he has spoken to fellow Swedes Victor Rask and Karlsson about Canes.

 

Michael Smith ‏@MSmithCanes

Lindholm has one year remaining on his contract with Brynas. Has not yet talked to them about leaving.

 

Chip Alexander ‏@ice_chip

Lindholm's goal is to play in NHL next season but did note he has a year left on his contract in Swedish elite league.

 

Chip Alexander ‏@ice_chip

Lindholm says he was interviewed by Canes at combine and in NY. Said he expected to go 5-9 in draft.

 

Michael Smith ‏@MSmithCanes

Lindholm said he's talked to Rask and Karlsson about Carolina. Also said he's played enough video games to be familiar with team.

 

Michael Smith ‏@MSmithCanes

Lindholm said he was "maybe all skill" as a kid. Then he watched Peter Forsberg and worked to improve his two-way game.

 

Michael Smith ‏@MSmithCanes

Lindholm is a self-described solid two-way player. MacDonald said he has an incredibly strong work ethic. Muller likes those guys.

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I would expect the Canes to try and buyout his contract... But I doubt his Swedish team is interested in letting one of their better players go.

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He's not a solid two way player. He's freaking horrible in the defensive zone. It's really the only minus to his game asides from his shot. (he's just got an average shot, nothing exceptional about it.) 

 

 

Someone on twitter said he could develop into a Ruutu type of player, my response to that is with the 5th pick he better be quite a bit better then Ruutu. 

 

 

He's also another Centre that the team needs to move to the wing, unless they make a trade and move J. Staal to the top line. 

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He's not a solid two way player. He's freaking horrible in the defensive zone. It's really the only minus to his game asides from his shot. (he's just got an average shot, nothing exceptional about it.) 

 

Actually, I just watched his video at the world juniors, and that was one of his strengths.

 

Watch the second video.

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I'd try him all over the second line.  He's one of the best playmakers in the draft  Could work well with Jordan and Skinner.

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I'd try him all over the second line.  He's one of the best playmakers in the draft  Could work well with Jordan and Skinner.

 

I'd actually ease him in and play him on the third line...

 

No since and telling him that his primary goal is to not let Skinner get hurt...

 

Tlusty - E. Staal - Semin

Skinner - J. Staal - Ruutu

? - Lindholm - ?

? - ? - ?

 

Guys on the roster

Drayson Bowman

Kevin Westgarth

Patrick Dwyer

 

 

Could Make The Jump

Phillip Di Giuseppe

Victor Rask

Zac Dalpe

Brock McGinn

Jerome Samson

Brett Sutter

Tim Wallace

Riley Nash

Jeremy Welsh

Justin Shugg

Luke Pither

Andreas Nodl

Chris Terry

Luke Pither

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I'd try him all over the second line.  He's one of the best playmakers in the draft  Could work well with Jordan and Skinner.

He'd never touch the puck, lmao.

 

I'd like to see Skinner traded and put Lindholm on the second line with Tlusty and Ruutu.  Move J. Staal to the first line. 

 

E. Staal/J. Staal/ Semin

Tlusty/ Lindholm/ Ruutu

 

 

 

At least this way your giving the kid a chance to succeed. 

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He'd never touch the puck, lmao.

 

I'd like to see Skinner traded and put Lindholm on the second line with Tlusty and Ruutu.  Move J. Staal to the first line. 

 

E. Staal/J. Staal/ Semin

Tlusty/ Lindholm/ Ruutu

 

 

 

At least this way your giving the kid a chance to succeed. 

 

No way they mess with that first line.

 

That first line was one of the best in all of hockey last year.

 

Tlusty scored 23 goals last year because of Staal and Semin.

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