Axel Holmstrom

by Travis on December 23, 2015

Axel Holmstrom - Photo Courtesy of www.hockeysverige.se

 

Axel Holmstrom, LW/C

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 198

Born: 1996-06-29

Hometown: Arvidsjaur, Sweden

Drafted: 2014 by Detroit, 196th overall

 

 

 

 

Observations:

December 2015- Axel Holmstrom will be looking to lead team Sweden back to the podium in the upcoming 2016 WJHC where he returns as one of their leading scorers from a year ago. Holmstrom has already been labeled a steal after Detroit nabbed him in the seventh round and we will be looking to continue to prove that true as he battles to put his country back on the world map as a perennial hockey power house. The Arvidsjaur native is currently tied atop the scoring charts in the SHL for junior aged players with 3G-13A-16PTS to date as he continues to impress. He's likely to make the trek across the pond in the next one-two years where he will surely continue his journey toward the NHL, but first with a stop in the AHL in typical Red Wings fashion. Travis Watson

September 2015- Some of you may be wondering why you haven't heard much buzz around the name Axel Holmstrom throughout the summer and into training camp. That's because this 2014 sleepers season has already begun with one goal and two assists through his first six games to date. Coming off a blistering finish to end the 2015 season as the leading scorer in the playoffs this young Swede is looking to carry that momentum into the 2015-16 season. With any young player you want to look for consistency in their game and that's exactly what the Red Wings brass and Holmstrom himself will be pushing for in 2016. Holmstrom will also be returning to the 2016 WJHC in a lead role for Sweden after he unveiled himself to the hockey world at last years tournament. Team Sweden will be looking to avenge their disappointing 2015 finish, this time on Scandinavian soil with Holmstrom at the forefront of their attack. Travis Watson

June 2015- The Red Wings have signed their 2014 seventh round selection, Axel Holmstrom, to a three-year entry-level deal. He's done nothing but improve his stock ever since being selected 196th overall. From leading to Sweden at the World Juniors, Breaking a record set by the Sedin Twin's for playoff scoring and being named the Swedish Junior Hockey Player of the Year to cap it off. The Wings like to marinate their prospects so it's expected that Holmstrom will be lacing it up for Skelleftea AIK come the fall. Keep an eye on this prospect as he is trending upward fast and has the work ethic to match it. Travis Watson

 

February 2015- Some say lightning never strikes the same place twice, the Red Wings say, "you’re right it keeps on striking". For Detroit that continuous strike is pumping out late round draft steals year-after-year. Axel Holmstrom is another example of the Red Wings European scouts coming up big willing to take a chance on a player who has been knocked for his foot speed, but for what he lacks there he makes up for with his playmaking ability and scoring touch. Holmstrom was a standout for Sweden at the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championships where his skill was on full display. He was amongst the tournament top scorers and in 2016 with Sweden looking to return to glory he will be leaned on heavily when the tournament heads to Finland. The Wings as you know by now are very patient with their prospects and they will be happy to let Holmstrom develop overseas another year, especially since he plays for Skelleftea AIK, a top team in the Swedish Elite League. Skelleftea is lead by a very balanced attack with Axel sitting 9th in team scoring (10G-10A-20PTS through 42 games played). Holmstrom was drafted as a project and it looks like that project just keeps getting better with time. Travis Watson

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

 

His outlook is likely a third line winger with the potential to become a second liner with offensive upside. Axel’s a burgeoning power forward with impressive hands and scoring ability for a player of his size. This is a player to keep an eye on for down the road to see how he transitions and develops, but nothing more than a person of interest for future.

 

 

Footage:

 

Axel charges hard to the net on a couple occasions and he gets rewarded for his efforts pouncing on a couple juicy rebounds.

 

 

 

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