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Emil Bemstrom: 2017 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

May 19th, 2017 at 12:43 PM
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Scoring is an eternal need for the New Jersey Devils. Will they be able to hit on a scorer in the mid- to later rounds of the draft? One potential option in that range could be Emil Bemstrom out of Sweden’s SuperElit junior league.

Who is Emil Bemstrom?

Emil Bemstrom is a Swedish forward who played most of his past season in the SHL’s top junior league for Leksands IF. A speedy player, Bemstrom is a bit on the small side, checking in at 5′-10″ and 181 pounds. With a June 1, 1999 birthday, he is on the younger side of this draft and is still just 17 years of age as of this writing. Beyond playing in the SuperElit junior league, Bemstrom also spent a few games up with Leksands big club in the SHL and also saw action with Sweden’s U18 team. His family seems to be no strangers to hockey as his father and uncle played for years in the SHL/SEL and he has a brother and a cousin also trying to make their way up the junior ranks. Bemstrom had a strong draft season with his junior club in Leksands, putting up 21 goals in just 28 games. His full career stats from Elite Prospects can be seen below.

Emil Bemstrom is the type of player you will often see go in the middle rounds of the draft. He is not a fully realized product at this point, so to speak, but to hear scouts tell it, he has the tools to potentially become a scorer in the NHL. As ever, it’s tough to get too worked up about a stat line from a European junior league, but 21 goals in 28 games is certainly nothing to sneeze at. Bemstrom’s top attributes seem to be his speed and his shot, which are certainly not terrible places to start for any prospect. Reports on his play describe someone with the proverbial “nose for the net,” as he is able to find creases and angles to get pucks on net, with a pretty good shot to go along with it. One thing you don’t hear too much about, though, is his play away from the puck. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s particularly bad in that department, but it doesn’t seem to be a strength for him. Along with that, while some will vouch for his playmaking, 12 assists in 28 games doesn’t necessarily scream that he is a top passer or setup man.

Altogether, Bemstrom seems to have some tools to make him an attractive mid-round selection. That he spent time with the big club in the SHL, while it didn’t yield any stats to point at, is also somewhat encouraging. In terms of rankings, the NHL’s Central Scouting has Bemstrom placed at 42nd among European Skaters, which typically might project to a 4th or even 5th round pick. Some other rankings are slightly higher on him, though, with ESPN’s Corey Pronman placing him at 77th (Insider link), the Nation Network putting him at 89th, and Steve Kournianos having him at 96th in his May edition at The Draft Analyst. With those …

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Tags: ESPN’s Corey Pronman placing him at 77th, His full career stats from Elite Prospects, Mitch Brown provides this report from Sweden’s U18 tournament, Nation Network putting him at 89th, New Jersey Devils, NHL Draft, NHL’s Central Scouting has Bemstrom placed at 42nd among European Skaters,, Steve Kournianos having him at 96th in his May edition at The Draft Analyst, Steve Kournianos put together this list of players to watch back in January

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