samuelsson

 

Henrik Samuelsson, C

Shoots: R

Height: 6-3

Weight: 208

Born: 1994-02-07

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Drafted: 2012 by Phoenix Coyotes, 27th overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

December 2013- With his size, skill, age (19) and being a first round pick,  Samuelsson looked to be a lock to make Team USA’s 2014 World Junior team.  After not having two very strong games in their last two exhibition games, Samuelsson was cut from the team on December 22nd. Samuelsson still remains an excellent prospect for the Coyotes but after it looked as though he would possibly push to make the Phoenix big squad this year and he was an early cut from training camp and now this latest snub, his prospect status has taken a little bit of a hit. Keith Duggan


December 2013-Samuelsson has been named to Team USA’s preliminary roster for the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team. On December 18th, he survived the first round of cuts and will head to Sweden for the final exhibition games before the final roster is named. Samuelsson looks to be a solid lock to make the team and he should have a little extra motivation with the tournament being held in Sweden and him holding dual American/Swedish citizenship. Before he left the Edmonton Oil Kings he was leading the team in scoring with 38 points in 28 games.  Keith Duggan


November 2013- After a strong first full season in the WHL in 2012-13 and signing an entry-level deal this past summer, Samuelsson was expected to make the Coyotes this year. But the Coyotes stuck to their mantra of not rushing prospects and sent him back to the Edmonton Oil Kings for his last year of junior eligibility. So far the cut hasn't bothered him as he's leading the Oil Kings in scoring and is 11th in the WHL with 30 points in 21 games. Samuelsson's size and skill definitely makes him a top prospect for Phoenix, as they could desperately use that in their top six. Although the Coyotes love his feistiness, he needs to work on his discipline. He took part in the US National Junior Evaluation Camp over the summer and with his strong start to the season looks to be a good candidate to play for the USA in the 2014 tournament. Keith Duggan


June 2013 – After finishing an excellent productive season in the WHL, Coyotes management locked him up to a three year entry level deal. After 80 points and 97 PIM in 69 regular season games, he followed it up with 19 more points and 43 penalty minutes in 22 playoff games. He played in all situations for the Oil Kings posting a positive-31 rating, 11 power play goals (three more in playoffs), a trio of shorthanded goals plus another in the post season and six game winners. He has nothing more to show at the junior level and with the current situation in Phoenix, they need and expect him to jump into the NHL next season. He will be an impact player in some capacity if not on the score sheet in his rookie season and has potential and opportunity to find himself in Calder Trophy discussions should he help solidify the Desert Dogs up the middle even if his production totals aren’t on track with other rookies. Managers acquiring him should not expect major offensive numbers too soon, but more of a well-rounded, roto-type prospect, and should be swiped after the big names are taken in prospect drafts. Jason Banks

 

 

January 2013 - Edmonton Oil Kings' forward Henrik Samuelsson has been named the WHL Player of the Week (ending January 27th) after registering 10 points (two goals and eight assists) and a plus-5 rating in four weekly games. Samuelsson has already set new career highs in all offensive statistical categories and sits among the league leaders with 26 goals and 61 points through 51 contests. Known for his edginess, the improved offensive output bodes very well for Samuelsson's future fantasy value. Brendan Ross

 

June, 2012 - Henrik Samuelsson, a gritty finesse forward, joins the Phoenix Coyotes organization as their 27th overall pick joining a franchise the formerly employed his father, Ulf, as Assistant Coach. Brendan Ross

 

May 2012 – Samuelsson had a very solid postseason for the WHL Champion Edmonton Oil Kings. He registered 14 points in 17 games and added five points in four games in the Memorial Cup. He seemed to playing his best hockey late in the season and should be an early second round draft pick.

 

April 2012 – Samuelsson is a big, edgy pivot that possesses great hands and solid offensive instincts. He isn’t afraid to throw his weight around and he has been known to throw the occasional cheap shot here and there. Since coming over from Modo, Sweden in January, he has 23 points in 28 games. The main thing holding Samuelsson back at this point is his skating. If he can improve in that area he should have no problem becoming a solid NHL player one day. Zenon Herasymiuk

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

Has a huge ceiling. If he improves his skating, look out.

 

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Samuelsson’s first WHL goal:

 

 

 

 

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