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Swedish prospect getting comparisons to Peter Forsberg

Sep 23, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

Elias Lindholm

While the pros are busy not playing, prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft are starting to get noticed. While Central Scouting put out their initial watch list, one Swedish forward is getting comparisons to Peter Forsberg.

Elias Lindholm is a 5’11”, 181 pound center and as Mike Morreale of NHL.com finds out from the European director of Central Scouting Goran Stubb, maybe the hype isn’t all bluster.

“He’s a complete package,” Stubb told NHL.com. “He could very well be the next Peter Forsberg. He’s an excellent skater and great competitor who gives it 110 percent on every shift. He can skate, score and pass and is physically strong even though he is a finesse-type of player.”

Lindholm adds more offensive flair to a 2013 draft class that already reads as tremendously talented at the top of the class.

Canadian forward Nathan MacKinnon and American defenseman Seth Jones are already being discussed over who will go first overall. If Lindholm  can live up to the billing he’s already got as the “next Forsberg” perhaps it should be a three-player debate as to who is best.

(Photo: Aftonbladet)

  1. windmiller4 - Sep 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    This draft is shaping up to be just as, if not more deep than the 03 draft

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 23, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      Time will tell. Every draft = unrealized potential. We shall see what happens with every prospect. Including Lindholm.

  2. boardupthehouse - Sep 24, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    He’ll never be as handsome as Forsberg

  3. lordfletcher - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    I am starting to get more and more curious about if there is a full year lockout, and where teams will most likely be seeded in the draft. I now understand the 1/2/3 ping pong balls selection but my oh my would it be a crazy draft selection show to be apart of the top 5 in this years draft. Top 2 is looking very – VERY solid and 3-5 is showing great potential. Thou, we will never know till 5 years after the draft to see how strong this class is, but it’s showing every sign of being as highly reguarded as the 03’… I do not think there will be a full year lockout but if there is it would really help and hurt some teams odd’s for ping pong balls.

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