Filip Westerlund

by Keith Duggan on June 25, 2017

 

 

 

Filip Westerlund, D

Shoots: R

Height: 5-11

Weight: 181

Born: 1999-4-17

Hometown:  Harnasand, Sweden

Drafted:2017 by Arizona Coyotes, second-round, 44th overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

June 2017- Much like their first-round choice of Pierre-Oliver Joseph, the Coyotes grabbed another smooth skating, two-way defenseman in Filip Westerlund with Arizona’s second-round pick. Westerlund split the 2016-17 season between the top division Frolunda team and their affiliate in the Swedish Under 20 League. He played 33 games in the country’s top men’s league, putting up just four points. He would play seven games in Europe’s Champions Hockey League, helping Frolunda to the title. Westerlund also played in 23 games at the J20 level, picking up seven points. His real breakout though was on the international stage. Westerlund had a goal and an assist over seven games at the IIHF Under 18 World Championship. His value was more than just points though, as he was named one of the top three Swedish players in the tournament. Much like Joseph, his skills and skating are excellent but size along with strength needs improvement, as he struggles with larger forwards. Westerlund’s not very physical as he relies more on positioning and stickwork to defend, but makes good first passes and transitions quickly from defense to offense. He plans on playing in Sweden next season and looks to be a at least few seasons away from potentially suiting up in the NHL. Keith Duggan

Fantasy Outlook: B-

Has potential as a future top four, puck moving defenseman at the NHL level. His game as been compared to Anton Stralman by some scouts.

 

 

Footage:

Filip Westerlund U18 highlights

 

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