Jonathan Dahlén

by Cam Robinson on November 21, 2017

Jonathan Dahlen - photo courtesy: senators.nhl.com

 

Jonathan Dahlén, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 5-11

Weight: 181

Born: 1997-12-20

Hometown:  Ostersund, SWE

Drafted: Ottawa, 42nd overall 2016

 

Observations:

November 2017 - After torching the league with fellow Canucks' prospect, Elias Pettersson a season ago, Dahlen is proving to be the best player in the Allsvenskan this year. While it was a smart tactical move to return to Sweden's second tier where he was familiar with the staff and would gain plenty of ice and opportunity, it won't be a surprise to anyone when he exercises his out-clause on January 1st to either return to North America and suit up in the AHL, or more likely, signs on with an SHL squad. The skilled forward has racked up eight goals and 15 points in 12 contests thus far. Cam Robinson

October 2017 - After struggling to return to 100 percent health after his bout with mono, Dahlen and his camp decided it was best to return to Sweden for the season. Many hoped he would find a way to slide onto the Växjö Lakers to continue building chemistry with top prospect, Elias Pettersson. That was always going to be a difficult option as the Lakers are well into their season and lack much room up front, especially in a scoring role. Rumours had it that SHL teams were generally concerned with bringing in a 19-year-old with no experience at that level, who is still battling the effects of mono so with few options,  Dahlen has now signed with his former Timrä squad in the Allsvenskan (tier II). The contract has a January 31st, 2018 out-clause that allows the winger to either sign a contract with an SHL club or return to North America where both the AHL and NHL would be options - albeit a very small chance he’d see NHL ice this season. The unfortunate nature of the illness has taken a modicum of shine off a tremendous prospect but it shouldn’t slow him down much in the grand scheme of things. Cam Robinson

August 2017 - The Canucks have announced that Dahlen has contracted mononucleosis and will be unable to participate in the team's prospect tournament or training camp. The energy-sucking illness will surely slow his ability to start the season on time or off on the right foot. However, according to GM, Jim Benning, the team still intends to bring the 19-year-old winger over when he's healthy enough and have him play in the American league. As tempting as it is to try and reunite Dahlen with Elias Pettersson in Vaxjo of the SHL, having him play on what is shaping up to be a young, talented and exciting Utica Comets' squad will be equally beneficial. Dahlen will get experience on the smaller ice, while playing in the more condensed schedule and be available to the big club if injuries arise or simply to give him a taste near the end of the season. The illness is certainly a disappointing turn of events, but the shine on this prospect remains. Cam Robinson

July 2017 - We'll have to wait until after training camp to find out where the goal-scoring winger will end up playing in 2017-18 but through interviews at the Canucks' recent development camp, it was revealed that if Dahlen was close to being NHL ready he'd suit up in the AHL with the Utica Comets. If the Canucks' brass feel he's a little bit away yet, a chance to reunite with his best friend and Canucks' top prospect, Elias Pettersson with Vaxjo of the SHL is a tantalizing proposition. At this point, both choices appear to be quite favourable for Dahlen's long term development. Cam Robinson

April 2017 – The Canucks have come to terms with the 19-year-old forward on a standard three-year, entry level contract. The high-scoring Swede will come over the North America and will inject some much-needed offense into a Utica Comets squad that has struggled to score goals the past few seasons. Dahlen has plenty of upside as a top-six forward but will need some time to marinate. Cam Robinson

March 2017 – Dahlen exploded during Game Two of the Allsvenskan playoff round-robin. His three goals and two assists were the fruit of a terrific game at both ends of the rink. The recent recipient of the Gold Cage as the league's top Under-20 player, has looked dominant for long stretches in Sweden's second-best league and offers terrific anticipation and a goal-scorer's touch. It will be interesting to see if the former second-round selection will sign with the Canucks right away or stick around for a full season in his home county's top tier. Cam Robinson

Jonathan Dahlen's five-point playoff performance:

 

February 2017 – Dahlén has continued to impress against men in Sweden's second tier. He leads all U20 players in scoring with 24 goals and 42 points in 44 Allsvenskan games. A cerebral and gifted offensive player, the newest Canucks' prospect is unafraid of pushing into challenging areas and unleashing a heavy and accurate shot. He demonstrated this ability by finishing five goals in seven World Junior Championship contests and was constantly leading the charge for shots on goal. GM Jim Benning indicated that the organization would like to sign the former second-round pick to a contract this summer and bring him over to North America, but a full season in the SHL in 2017-18 shouldn't be ruled out completely. Cam Robinson

February 2017 – The Canucks acquired Dahlén from the Senators straight up for Alexandre Burrows, which definitely expedites Dahlen’s eventual NHL arrival. Dobber

December 2016 - Dahlen will try and join future teammate Filip Ahl in competing for Team Sweden at the WJC in Montreal and Toronto later this month. Dahlen has been a big part of the Timra offense this season with 12 goals, a team high, and 20 points in 25 games. He's on pace to fly past his totals from last season as he's only thee goals and nine points shy of the 2015-16 totals with half the season to go. Brad Phillips

July 2016 – The feisty goal scorer played his draft year against men in the second best Swedish senior league and lead his team in scoring. A relentless forechecker that despite his smaller size aggressively pursues the puck and digs in the hard areas.  Dahlen owns a good wrist shot and has good hockey sense and vision.  Undrafted in the CHL import draft, Dahlen will return to Timra in Sweden again next season. Peter Harling

June 2016 – Continuing with the unofficial theme of the 2016 Draft, Ottawa selected Jonathan Dhalen, son of former first rounder Ulf, with their second pick. He was a big riser in the draft rankings thanks to an exceptional second half of the season, with suggestions that he may be a late first round selection. This past year was Dahlen’s second with the Timra organization and his first full campaign in the Allsvenskan. Skating in 51 regular season games, Dahlen scored 15 times and amassed 29 points, both highs for an offensively inept team. In five playoffs games he accounted for half of his team’s offense with six goals while adding one helper.

On the offensive side of the game, he’s equally adept at scoring and setting up teammate with aplomb possessing a solid set of mitts and a quick release. He’s a solid skater who does everything at a high rate of quickness. Dahlen will never be the biggest guy on the ice but that doesn’t deter him from exhibiting a high compete level and playing bigger than his size. He’s not afraid to drive to the net when carrying the puck and is a tenacious forechecker and is a solid defensive player. Coming back into the zone he keeps his head on a swivel.

Likely at least two to three years away from seriously challenging for a roster spot, Dhalen could be the next in the long list of impressive Swedes to suit up for the Senators. Brad Phillips

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

What Dahlén lacks in size, he makes up for in skill and smarts. He loves to shoot the puck and will likely end up as a left winger in the NHL. He has a very real chance at becoming a productive top-six forward. Improved acceleration would push him into A-rated prospect status.

 

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