Pontus Aberg 2012 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Pontus Aberg from Djugardens in the Swedish Elite League can score as evidenced by his 15 points as an 18 year old in a men's league. He can skate, he can shoot, and unfortunately he doesn't hit much though he is willing to go into tough areas to score. Pontus has been ranked all over the map. You can see him anywhere from 9th to 33rd depending on who is doing the writing. Overall, Derek Zona's composite rankings at NHLNumbers have Aberg as the #14 prospect in the draft.


Pontus Aberg

Left Wing / Djugardens/ SEL

5-11

September 23 1993
Hometown: Stockholm - Sweden

Shoots: Right


GP G A P +/- PIM Playoffs GP G A P +/- PIM
2010-11 - Djugardens J20
41 13 17 30 - 16 -- 4 2 3 5 - 2
2011-12 - Djugardens
47 8 7 15 - 6 -- - - - - - -

Rankings:

Final European CSS Ranking: 6th
Craig Button: 33rd
ISS: 17
Hockey Prospectus: 9th
NHLNumbers: 14th

What do they say about them?

Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus: (Yes, this is long. But it's worth every second you spend reading it.)

Pontus Aberg has had a nice year over in Sweden from a counting numbers perspective for an 18-year-old, logging over 10 minutes per game, which is good for a player his age in that league. He got off to a hot start, but injuries impeded him somewhat in the second half of the year. Aberg is a plus skater with very good acceleration off his first few steps and a pretty dangerous top speed. He also has a plus shot which will drive a decent portion of his offensive value and allow him to maintain an above league average shooting percentage over his career. His shot is pretty accurate with good technique on his release, his one-timers fly off his stick with remarkable speed, and Aberg has the makings of a dangerous power play triggerman. Aberg has great hands and can show some flash in that area in terms of being able to make great individual plays in creating space for himself. His true strength isn't about being a dangerous puck controller, though, as it is playing a speed game and getting the puck to the net. At times, he can move the puck around at an average level, but he doesn't overly impress with his vision. Aberg also needs to work on his defense, although with his on-ice work ethic, there is reason to believe the finer points of his defensive game will come along. Aberg's physical game also likely tops out as below-average because of his size but he does work hard and has a gritty edge to his game.

Conclusions

Aberg will most likely be a possibility for the Stars at pick #13. The players they like could very well be off the board before #13, and of the players remaining Aberg is likely to be the most skilled. The Stars have made it known that they are looking for centers, and Aberg isn't a center. How serious they were about the search for centers is anybodies guess, but if talent wins out at the end of the day Aberg will be a player to watch at 13.


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