2012 NHL Draft Profile: Hampus Lindholm

Hampus Lindholm is the subject of this wonderful 2012 NHL Draft profile. Hampus is a 6'2 185 pound defender out of the Swedish Elite League. Lindholm is a big guy with exceptional skating ability. Currently he is considered raw defensively with raw puck skills, but scouts believe he can become a very good two way defender at the NHL level.


Hampus Lindholm

Defense / Rögle BK / SEL

6-2

Weight: 185

January 20, 1994
Hometown: Helsingborg, Sweden

Shoots: Left


GP G A P +/- PIM Playoffs GP G A P +/- PIM
2011-12 Rogle
20 1 3 4 -1 12 -- 10 1 4 5 5 6
2011-12 Sweden U18
6 0 4 4 -1 4 --






Rankings:
Craig Button: 10th
ISS: 19th
Hockey Prospectus: 16th
NHLNumbers: 16th
The Scouting Report: 13th

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.)

Lindholm got notably better as the season went on, as the big, toolsy defender certainly looked appealing at the end of the season. Lindholm is a high-end skater who excels in the transition game. He is very effective at bringing the puck up the length of the ice and for a man his size his skating ability can be quite eye-popping. He has offensive ability as a puck-mover, as he has pretty good vision and knows how to create plays, be it from outlets or dishes off the rush. However, his pure puck skills are about average, maybe a tad more. In terms of his physical game, he's above average although I've heard some scouts say he's high-end physically, while some say he's about average and doesn't use his body that well. He's bigger than most players and he rubs people off the puck at a notable enough level to be effective in that area of the game. Lindholm's defensive hockey sense is where he needs the most work, as he's not bad in that area but he has his off moments. He does have good offensive instincts and vision, so there is potential that this problem could go away, but he does tend to look a little raw at times with his decisions in his own end or his overall positioning.

The Scouting Report:

Lindholm is a solid two-way defenseman who still has room to improve moving forward. The 6-foot-2 Swede displays above average offensive instincts and does a good job of anticipating when to jump into the offensive side of the game. He is a very strong skater and displays good lateral movement and an ability to skate transitionally which will be major assets moving forward. Defensively, Lindholm is solid albeit unspectacular. He can be prone to mental lapses and needs to do a better job of letting the play come to him rather than force it. Lindholm has come on of late and did have a solid showing at the U18’s which has been the major catalyst behind his ascension in our final rankings.

Conclusion:

Lindholm seems like he would be more of a candidate for the Stars if they were to trade up from their position in the 2nd round to get back into the first, or if they were to somehow otherwise acquire another pick in the mid to late first round. At the Stars pick at #13 there should be a glut of defensemen. Lindholm is among those, but several from the group of Matt Dumba, Morgan Rielly, Jacob Trouba, Cody Ceci, or Griffin Reinhart could be available.

As for the player himself, he has a skill set the Stars could definitely be interested in acquiring. He fits a similar profile to blueliners Philip Larsen, Alex Goligoski, Trevor Daley, and Stephane Robidas except for one significant caveat. Hampus is big. The Stars have emphasized size lately so adding a big guy with elite skating ability could be tempting.


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