Alexander Wennberg - Photo Courtesy of Yahoo Sports

 

Alexander Wennberg, C/LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 183

Born: 1994-09-22

Hometown: Nacka, SWE

Drafted: 2013 by Columbus Blue Jackets, 14th Overall

 

 

 

Observations:

 

April 2014 – Wennberg finished his first season with Frolunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League. He had a fairly productive year with 21 points (16 goals and five assists) in 51 games. This was a slight decline from his previous season with Djurgarden. However, he did progress with his international play. At the 2014 World Junior Championship, Wennberg accumulated seven points in as many games but the team ended up losing to Finland in the championship game. Wennberg is a terrific play-making center with a lot of speed. He’s also not afraid to throw his body around. Chris Bagwell


June 2013 - Wennberg is a safe choice for the Blue Jackets at #14, and if anyone knows Swedish talent, it’s Columbus GM Kekalainen. While he lacks some of the top-end offensive ability as some of the others drafted around him, Wennberg brings a great combination of speed, puck control, and responsibility. In time, he should develop into a versatile player who can be used in all situations, yet still be relied upon to be a second line setup man. Tim Luccarelli

 

February 2013 – Molded in a similar style to many Swedish hockey players, Wennberg is a player with a well-rounded two-way game that stems from an intelligent hockey mind. The asset that stands out the most is Wennberg’s playmaking abilities as he executes accurate and creative passes using impressive on-ice vision. Wennberg is also extremely versatile as he lines up on the wing and centre equally well. Brendan Ross

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

Wennberg has a decent shot of making it to the NHL. Whether or not he stays will depend on his transition into the AHL/NHL. Fellow first round Swedes in recent years include Jacob Josefson (NJD), Magnus Paajarvi (EDM/STL), Mattias Tedenby (NJD), and Gabriel Landeskog (COL). With the exception of Landeskog, Wennberg has kept pace or outperformed those listed above when they were 19.

 

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