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2012 NHL Draft Profile: Ludvig Bystrom

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Ludvig Bystrom is the subject of this splendiforous draft profile.. Ludvig is a 6'0 208 pound rearguard with a left shot. He seems to be a relatively safe pick for anyone looking for a player who is a good bet to step into the NHL in a few years and give average production. Bystrom is known for his hockey IQ and skating abilities. He has a very limited physical game, and limited offensive upside.

Ludvig Bystrom

Defense / MODO / SEL


Weight: 208

July 20, 1994
Hometown: Ornskoldsvik, Sweden

Shoots: Left

GP G A P +/- PIM Playoffs GP G A P +/- PIM
2010-11 MODO J20
34 7 22 29 2 101 -- 8 1 3 4 -5 4
2011-12 Sweden U18
6 0 1 1 -1 2 --

Craig Button: 19th
ISS: 28th
Hockey Prospectus: 20th
NHLNumbers: 26th
The Scouting Report: 19th

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.)

Bystrom is a pretty advanced puck-moving defenseman who earned very limited minutes in the SEL this year but really showed his potential to log significant two-way time during international events. His hockey sense is pretty high-end and is evident when you watch him play as he makes so many simple, smart plays consistently all over the ice while displaying a flashy element to his game as well. Bystrom is an effective defender who uses his stick well, is always in the right position, and works hard in the physical element of the game. He isn't that effective in the latter, as he's a little short for a defenseman and really lacks strength, and he looks like he will be around replacement level in the physical game in the NHL. Bystrom is at his best when he has the puck, as he is so poised and instinctive. He has a very low panic threshold and really knows how to evade checkers, find his outlets through tight steams, and if he has a short window to make a play, he normally is able to execute. He does have good puck skills as well and some creativity from the point, but those elements of his game aren't truly dangerous. As mentioned previously, his offensive value is derived from his sense. Bystrom is a fine skater who moves around well for a defenseman and he can join the rush with moderate effectiveness with good bursts of acceleration.

The Scouting Report:

Bystrom had a very impressive season with MODO, earning himself 20 games with the senior team along the way. In comparison to his fellow countryman Hampus Lindholm, Bystrom has higher offensive potential and showed a lot of that upside this past season as one of the top scoring defensemen in the SuperElit. Bystrom’s defensive game is a bit of a work in progress and he would likely be considered fairly average in that regard. He definitely has a tendency to focus more on the offensive game and does a good job utilizing his hockey IQ and puck moving abilities in that regard.


Bystrom is the type of defenseman the Dallas Stars could use on the bottom pairs in theory, but his size, lack of physicality, and lack of offensive upside make him an unattractive pick at 13. Really, there is very little about his game that screams "the Stars are going to pick him". He could be a good value pick if he falls, but there is little reason to expect to see his name called by the Stars at any point since it would be stunning to see him fall to the Stars 2nd round pick, and almost as stunning to see the Stars trade up for the chance to select him in the late 1st round..