Lucas Wallmark

by Kevin LeBlanc on June 13, 2017

Lucas Wallmark, C/RW

Shoots: L

Height: 5-11

Weight: 176

Born: 1995-09-05

Hometown: Umeå, SWE

Drafted: 2014 by Carolina Hurricanes, 97th overall

 

 

Observations:

June 2017 - Wallmark was perhaps the most pleasant surprise in the Hurricanes prospect group this past season. He finished fourth among AHL rookies in scoring, with 24 goals, and was ninth in points with 46. The young Swede will turn 22 before the start of the 2017-18 season and will be in the mix for a bottom-six roster spot at camp, depending on what the Canes do in free agency. Likely he will spend time at both the AHL and NHL level this season.  Kevin LeBlanc 

 

December 2016 - Through 28 games in his rookie AHL season, Wallmark has totalled five goals and eight assists, good for fourth on the Checkers, who are at the moment quite offensively challenged. He has above average ability as a playmaker and thinks the game at an extrememly high level, but needs to continue to improve his skating if he is to reach his high ceiling as a point producer. As Wallmark continues to grow in his first professional season, look for him to take on more responsibilty and for his point totals to increase as the year goes on.  Kevin LeBlanc

 

September 2016 - Following a strong season with Luleå where the 20 year old averaged .66 points per game, Wallmark will play his professional season in North America. Charlotte (AHL) should be an improved group with the depth that Canes GM Ron Francis has added to the system over the last few drafts, and Wallmark should be a part of the turnaround.  Kevin LeBlanc

 

December 2015 – The young center who long been lauded for his on-ice vision and passing ability seems to have found his stride this season. In 21 games in the Swedish Hockey League this season, Wallmark has already surpassed his season-high in points (18 in 2014-15) with two goals and 17 assists for Lulea. The 20-year old has now played over 100 games in the SHL, averaging almost a half-point per game. Given his breakout campaign this season, Carolina will look to get him on North American soil sooner rather than later. Likely he will be a secondary point producer at the NHL level who is responsible in all zones.  Kevin LeBlanc

 

June 2014 - The Carolina Hurricanes selected playmaking forward Lucas Wallmark 97th overall at the 2014 NHL Draft after being passed over at the 2013 draft. Brendan Ross

 

June 2013 – Wallmark is a player I feel could surprise and be drafted earlier than most experts have him slotted to go. The Swedish forward has great hockey sense and is a very complete prospect with value offensively and defensively. Wallmark has good puck handling skills and shows good vision, making him a good special teams player. The biggest knock against Wallmark is his skating, an area that needs to be polished since he isn’t overly big. Wallmark had a taste in three divisions during his draft season and recorded five goals and 16 points in the J20 league for Skelleftea. Brendan Ross

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: C

Solid prospect with good NHL likelihood. Upside is likely a second line center but he could be a very good third line player with secondary powerplay abilities.

 

 

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