Erik Brännström

by Kevin Wickersham on December 22, 2017

Erik Brännström , D

Shoots: L

Height: 5-10

Weight: 181

Born:  1999-09-02

Hometown:  Eksjö, SWE

1st round 2017 15th overall VGK

 

Observations:

December 2017 – Erik Brännström should play a very large role on the back end for Team Sweden at the World Junior Championships. He will be showcased on the blue line along with projected first overall pick, Rasmus Dahlin, and featured heavily for the Swedes on the power play. Brännström hasn’t had an overly impressive offensive season as he adjusts to the pro game in Sweden’s top league (SHL), where he has posted six assists in 27 games and has failed to find the back of the net for HV71. Expect to see Brännström utilize his big shot, speed and agility and use the WJC as his coming out party.  Mason Black

June 2017 – Brännström is a smallish but strong, fast skating and cerebral, possession-oriented blueliner. He doesn’t yield to physical play or opponent pressure, remaining highly aware and opportunistic on the ice regardless of the situation. Determined and scrappy, he can run a mean power play and move the puck with confidence from zone to zone accurately and swiftly. Creates scoring chances with his powerful shot and playmaking acumen. Threads precision passes even in traffic. Sticks to his game on defense, rarely making mistakes or getting forced out of position. Frustrating to play against his disciplined game, which generates turnovers and forced, ill-advised passes. Has great gap control and wields the stick well to slow rival skaters. A team leader on the ice that loves to compete. - Kevin Wickersham

 

Fantasy Outlook: A-

Smart and strong two-way leader with a lazar shot. Undersized for protypical d-man, but shouldn’t be a fatal flaw.   

 

Footage:

Erik Brännström #4 - U18 Highlights

 

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