Via WiiM: A profile of Wings draft pick Albert Johansson

Via Winging It in Motown’s Jeff Hancock, Elite Prospects’ Christoffer Hedlund penned a profile of Red Wings draft pick Albert Johansson.

Johansson, a defenseman, was the 60th overall pick in the 2019 draft. He’s still a raw prospect, but he was dominant among his own age group while playing for Farjestads BK:

Albert Johansson, the son of former Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks-player and Olympic gold medalist Roger Johansson, was one of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft’s biggest risers in the second half of the 2018-19 season.

Johansson spent most of the season with Färjestad’s J20 SuperElit team but also played a big part when Färjestad’s J18 roster made it all the way to the final in the J18 SM-playoffs. At the conclusion of his club season, Johansson earned a spot on Team Sweden’s roster to the U18 World Championship, where Sweden beat Russia in the finals to win its first ever gold medal in the prestigious tournament — on home soil, no less.

Whereas Johansson dominated on his club roster, the depth of Sweden’s U18 group relegated him to a depth role where chances to shine were few and far between. The silver lining is that Johansson had the opportunity to prove to potential draft suitors that he could flourish in a defensive role.

Hedlund continues at significant length, diagramming Johansson’s strengths via video clips.

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George Malik

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