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FlamesNation prospect wrap-up: Filip Sveningsson

The draft is commonly characterized as a crapshoot, which is occasionally accurate but pretty far from the truth. Sure, no pick is ever guaranteed to repeat their junior success, and there are many who have either flamed out or blossomed late, but there are certainly philosophies and tools to help teams get more out of their late round, low value picks.

The Flames have taken somewhat of an approach to maximize pick value under Brad Treliving, having picked up Andrew Mangiapane, Eetu Tuulola, Matthew Phillips, Adam Ruzicka, and D’Artagnan Joly with picks outside the top 100.

The approach is not always consistent and every prospect is unique, but the best way to describe the approach is that the Flames target players with production and some strong hockey tools, but are mostly overlooked due to a few cosmetic flaws. Mangiapane was one of the OHL’s most productive players, but was a bit on the short side and had a bad draft year. Phillips is extremely short. Ruzicka didn’t have great production in a struggle-filled rookie North America year. Tuulola was quietly productive in a far away league. You get the point.

And that approach is particularly useful in the seventh round of the draft, the lowest value and crapshootiest round of them all. In the most recent draft, the Flames picked Filip Sveningsson, a speedy, skilled winger who has yet to break out in Sweden’s pro leagues, despite possessing one hell of a shot.

Let’s find out what he’s all about.

Background

Sveningsson’s history is pretty much standard fare for a European prospect. Played for his hometown Gislaved SK team, then moved onto HV71 when he got old enough. He was occasionally too good for his age-level leagues, punched above his weight in higher level leagues, saw a few international games, and eventually worked his way up to pro leagues.

2017-18 story

2017-18 was an interesting year for Sveningsson. There’s not a whole lot of coverage readily available on what’s happening in the Superelit (Sweden’s U20 pro league), but he had a pretty strong season for HV71. As one of their more senior players, Sveningsson led the club in points per game. His strong appearances earned him some time with the senior club, where he played in three games and sat out for eight (Sweden counts healthy scratches as games played. No clue why).

The numbers

GP G A P Primary points 5v5 points 5v5 primary points NHLe
SuperElit 35 17 22 39 30 23 18 18.27

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Sveningsson was one of the primary drivers of offence on HV71’s Superelit team, only picking up nine secondary points throughout the year. His strength relative to his teammates is quite pronounced, leading his team in points per game and shots per game. He saw a lot of time on the powerplay, again coming away with a team-leading five powerplay goals. He also contributed to the team in shorthanded situations (one goal), on a penalty shot (one goal), and in the shootout (Sweden counts the game-winning shootout goal as a goal among the stats. Don’t ask me why). He’s kind of a jack of all trades.

Of course, all this is good. Sveningsson is quite clearly too good for the league he plays in, and should crack the pros next year, but it comes with its caveats. He’s an 18-year-old playing in a league where 18-year-olds generally thrive. Among U19 players in the Superelit, he was sixth in PPG scoring. No slouch, but also not entirely the clear-cut best among his peers. If he’s ever going to come overseas, he’s probably going to have to hit another level.

The future

It’s hard from the limited info we have on Sveningsson to make an accurate projection. His stats are really good and his highlights require repeated viewings, but they’re all from Superelit play, a league that has rarely turned out NHLers.

Hopefully he cracks HV71’s roster next year and we can get a better idea of what he is. The kid seems to have his foot in the door but how far is a question that won’t be answered until next September. From there, hopefully he can be a regular producer for HV71’s big club. More of this would be quite something:

In addition to big time Swedish hockey, he is still eligible for the World Juniors next year. I’m interested in seeing if he makes it and what he can do there.

Basically, we still have a lot to learn about Sveningsson. Let’s see how he can do next year in tougher situations and evaluate from there. Until then, lots of promise.

  • The GREAT WW

    I don’t even think I’ll record the game today and watch it later; I have completely lost interest in this team.

    I have gained respect for Oiler fans; imagine going through this year after year for a decade!

    WW

  • Jimmyhaggis

    Watched the Jets game last night, now that is a good team. The Flames are miles behind them. They made the Ducks look like a basement dweller team. As a former Winnipeger I’m glad to see them look this good. I used to go to games when they were in the WHL, they had the same kind of team then.
    Go Jets Go.

  • snotss

    I guess it is time to cheer on the jets this year…they look good..could go on a long run in the playoffs!!!!! unlike the shames..i guess us fans will use the old shames saying “may be next year”

    • JoelOttosJock

      The Jets do look good and i really like their make up, and Paul Maurice is great from what i see and ive heard about him. Being a Flames fan for ever i learnt you need a second team..so when 99 was traded to L.A. I adopted the Kings as my back up team..so go kings go

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    Yah… After watching the Jets, the Preds, and the Bruins who are winning with young players while playing exciting hockey it os not hard to feel jealous. What kind of players would Ehlers and Conners be on our team….small speedy forwards end up on our fourth line.

    The treatment of Janko at he start of the season and Mangi when he got called up leaves me shaking my head. Tough to tell what kind of season Janko has if he starts the season on the roll he had coming out of pre-season. I like BT, but he stated that his biggest concern was finding goal scoring but he sends his top pre- season goal scorer down to start the season.

    Mangi comes up after tearing up the AHL, and we could have broken up our top 6 just to experiment, like teams like Boston did. Put him on the worst PP since he thrives in that role in the AHL.

    Winnipeg has stock piled prospects over the years and I believe they were rated to have one of the best pipelines… So I guess we should not be surprised. They are an easy team to like. Maurice looked like he may lose his job after last season now he looks like a genius.

    I don’t think you can only build a team from the backend like you used to, there has to be a balance of prospects and vets in all position to be able to manage spending. Winnipeg’s biggest challenge is being able to afford the young budding stars like Helleybuck, Conners, Ehlers, and Laine. Calgary only has one they have to worry about in Matty and that could still be a challenge.

    Once we are finished patting ourselves on the back for having a young dynamic core we should look over to Winnipeg and see a young dynamic core that has exceeded expectations.

    I have tried to change my allegiance and support other teams but I bleed Flames Red….some years, it is hard to admit it. The Jets fans have been on a roller coaster ride since they entered the NHL left and returned. They deserve to basque in he excitement of the team and I hope they win it all.

    • calgaryfan

      Yes the Jets have done a great job of drafting and developing young talent unlike the Flames whose pipeline is enmpty except for maybe a few defencemen. They appear to be lacking any top end forwards coming.

      • Hockey for life

        Empty other then a few defence prospects? I guess if you don’t count gawdin mangi Phillips dube foo And the dark horse joly then yes it is pretty empty.

      • Korcan

        One reason our top-end forward prospects depth seems thin is because most of ours over the past few years have gone directly to the NHL (Monahan, Gaudreau, Bennett, Tkachuk). Its only natural that the Heat will look thinner at forward compared to other team’s feeder clubs. Overall, we’ve drafted and developed pretty well these past few years (e.g. Ferland, Kulak, and even Hathaway–all later picks that were developed and have now become NHL regulars, and two of them with promising futures).

  • Baalzamon

    I still think Filip Sveningsson sounds made up.

    Also how is 51 points in 68 games a bad draft year? I mean I know it’s not first round quality, but there were numerous players picked in the second round that year who did worse (including our own Hunter Smith, who was also a year older at the time) and pretty close to teammate Brendan Lemieux, also a second rounder (and who today is clearly a much worse player).

    Mangiapane absolutely should have been drafted in 2014. And he should have been long gone by the sixth round in 2015.