By Eldon MacDonald
93. Klas Dahlbeck - “Mr. Anonymous” - D - Sweden
Vitals: Size - 6’2”, 190 lb.; Shoots left; Born 6-Jul-91
Team: Linköping, Swedish Elite League
2010-11 Stats: 47-08-8-12 + Swedish Elite playoffs 7-0-0-0-0 + U20 - 6-0-2-2-2-(+1)
59 - Cory Pronman's Top 100
93 - E-Mac's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Top 120
115 - Christopher Ralph's Top 210
141 - NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings (23th European skater)
Swedish hockey prospect blogger, Anders Östberg, has him fourth to seventh round @ http://sport.msn.se/hockey/news/11698908/infor-draften-anders-ostbergs-slutgiltiga-topp-50-ranking Hit Google translate on your Google toolbar if you want the English translation.
79 - Chicago Black Hawks
A guy who 1st came to most people’s attention at the U20 was Klas Dahlbeck. Niclas Hävelid, a 9-year NHL veteran, said it best, “Klas strength is that he plays to his strengths. He has good size, skating and a first pass. But above all, he's a smart hockey player. He’s that kind of player they want in the NHL and I am sure that he will get there pretty soon”. The original quote can be found at @ http://www.aftonbladet.se/sportblade...icle8476693.ab
So, there you have it - late blooming, decent-sized, smooth skating Swede, close to being ready for the NHL - not a top pairing guy, more likely a bottom pairing or part of a shutdown tandem. So if a Carl Gunnarsson type is to your liking, you may want to consider Klas Dahlbeck.