Filip Sveningsson might be the best Flames prospect nobody is talking about

The Calgary Flames have quite a few exciting players in their system. But tucked away in the Swedish junior and secondary pro circuits for the past couple of seasons, 2017 seventh round pick Filip Sveningsson has quietly put together a really exciting resume.

The season after being drafted, Sveningsson was a point-per-game player in Sweden’s SuperElit junior league and helped push HV71 to a league title. This past season he made the jump to the pros, playing a full season in Sweden’s secondary circuit – HockeyAllsvenskan – with IK Oskarshamn. He led the league in scoring by an under-20 player and helped Oscarshamn get promoted to the Swedish Hockey League. He turned 20 in July, with the only real blemish on his past couple seasons being a quiet World Juniors.

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“I think I had a really good year as a first year pro,” assessed Sveningsson at Flames development camp. “Had a great group of guys, too. The promotion was such an unbelievable feeling. So tough to get promoted nowadays, too.”

Promotion to the SHL is tough. Oskarshamn finished second in the Allsvenskan, nine points behind first place AIK. Their reward was a grueling five game series for the league championship, followed by a seven game series against Timra IK (which needed five overtimes).

“It’s a funny way to get to the SHL,” said Sveningsson. “The whole team was so thrilled. The whole town exploded when we accomplished the promotion. Like I said, so excited.”

Next stop for Sveningsson is a full-time crack at Sweden’s top league – a natural progression in his step-by-step development plan that’s seen him play well in the top U20 league and the secondary pro league in successive seasons. Sveningsson has 13 SHL games under his belt from his 17 and 18-year-old seasons, but zero points. He’s hoping to change that stat line.

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“I want to show that I can produce on that level, too,” said Sveningsson. “I know of course it’s going to be tougher, but I think I am ready to take that step. I want to be a producing guy, play tough, I want the whole package. I think it’s really important for me and I think I’m ready to take that step.”

The 2019-20 season is the final one on Sveningsson’s Swedish contact. He’s aware of the opportunities potentially available to him on the other side of the Atlantic, but he doesn’t want to rush his development – when he comes over to North America, he wants to be ready to contribute.

“I told Ray [Edwards, Flames director of player development] and the other guys in the staff that i don’t want to rush it,” said Sveningsson. “I think I gotta take it at my pace and not rush. There are many guys in my age this year that want to play SHL, because SHL compared to Allsvenskan is better on the paper, but I think for me to play in Allsvenskan it improved my offensive game a lot. I learned how to be smarter and producing against bigger guys, so I think that was the main thing for me.”

  • freethe flames

    Another young prospect who is playing in the correct league; let him develop at least one more year in Europe before signing him to ELC and let him develop on someone else’s dime. Loob will be watching him

    • freethe flames

      It looks good but until one of these guys pans out like it appears that Mangiapane has I will always hold my applause. I hate being the guy that goes back to the stats but the further down the draft a player is selected the less chance thry have to be an effective NHLer. But I keep hoping.

  • freethe flames

    So just a wild idea as we have frequently discussed how you get out from under the bad Neal deal. Say a Neal for Jack Johnson deal.This would be a starting point in discussions.

    • freethe flames

      Here’s my package that results in the Flames gaining a little cap space. Neal/Janko/Gilles for Johnson/Bjugstad and Jarry. They get a guy in Neal who might flourish with Sid or Malkin, Janko gets a chance and they get a new goalie to look at we. We get Jackson(maybe we buy him out), Bjugstad gets another chance to show he is more than abig body and we get another AHL goalie who may have greater upside than Gilles.

  • freethe flames

    Ryan: How many Swedes do we currently have that are staying in Europe to play this year. It might be an interesting article to compare them in the various leagues they play in.

  • drogon

    There’s not much going on, so I’ve read rumors websites, French ones…
    Derick Brassard
    We’re not in. He’s looking for $4M for 4 years, pretty steep. 4 teams from the Eastern Conference are very interested, all based in the US. Oilers tried to get him @ $2.0M-$2.5M. We can scratch him off the list to upgrading our middle.
    Kyle Turris
    Extremely difficult to be moved as Predators need to add up sweeteners.
    Matthew Tkachuk
    Getting really close @ $8.5M for 6 years, hopefully it’s not the case.
    TJ Brodie
    We’re trying to get something done with the Canadiens, but they look for LHD and he prefers RHD… not sure what’s coming our way…

  • MDG1600

    Most of the forward prospects in the system seem to have bottom 6 NHL upside. Drafting guys who turn in to bottom 6 NHL forwards is not easy in any round let alone the later rounds of the draft. Unfortunately to really improve the Flames we need one of these young guys to turn in to a legit Top 6 NHL forward who is a low cap 20 goal scorer for a few years. Mangiapane showed a little promise last year, Dube has great wheels and energy but I fear he hasn’t got the finish to score regularly in the NHL. E Petterson shows flashes. Who do the rest of you see as the next homegrown Top 6 forward?

    • everton fc

      “Unfortunately to really improve the Flames we need one of these young guys to turn in to a legit Top 6 NHL forward who is a low cap 20 goal scorer for a few years.”

      We had Ferland…

      • Albertabeef

        Ferland scored 20 once. Had to play with Mony and Johnny just to hit that mark. A younger Lindholm scored 27 with the boys. Ferland after his 25 year old season had the same amount of career points as Bennett did after his 21 year old season. Nothing against Ferly but I would almost put money down on that he never does again. At 27 now I think his development ceiling has been hit. At best he is a 15-20 goal scorer much like Backlund, but Backs is a better all round player.

        • Street Glide

          Would love a team with the bottom 3 lines having 15 to 20 goal players at best. I’m old, so thinking back to 89 ish ???
          Can someone clue me in on 89 year stat?

    • Albertabeef

      I think it’s possible that Tuulola could score 20 on the RW 2nd line. Mange, Dube, Phillips are my best guesses. I’m hoping Benny hits 20 this season, and shows he’s much more than a pretty mustache.

    • cberg

      Tuoloola, Pospisil, Pettersson, Pelletier, Kylington(converted), Phillips…. others. All these guys and others have potential via their own skill or matching well as complementary pieces with some of our top 4 forwards.

  • drogon

    Assets lost by the Blue Jackets!
    Sergei Bobrovsky
    Artemi Panarin
    Matt Duchene
    Ryan Dzingel
    Keith Kinkaid
    Anthony Duclair
    Vitali Abramov
    Jonathan Davidsson
    1st round pick
    2nd round pick (2)
    4th round pick
    5th round pick
    7th round pick

  • drogon

    Sean Dhooghe
    Position RW
    Height 5’3″ / 160 cm
    Weight 150 lbs / 68 kg
    Shoots R
    Date of Birth Mar 09, 1999
    Age 20
    Place of Birth Aurora, IL, USA
    Nation USA

    He was an invite at the Coyotes development camp.