Khan profiles Liam Dower Nilsson

MLive’s Ansar Khan profiles Red Wings 2021 draft pick Liam Dower Nilsson this morning, discussing the 134th overall pick’s self-confidence:

“I see myself as a steal, yes,” Dower Nilsson said. “Because I knew I have that in me and I know that I’m going to make the NHL in four or five years, three years maybe. I know it someday. I think the most important skill you got to have is to be motivated and be patient and be aware of what it takes to get there. I think I got those things.”

Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman called Dower Nilsson (6-0, 172) a “high character, good, solid, two-way, responsible centerman.”

Director of amateur scouting Kris Draper said Andersson, the Red Wings’ longtime European scout, was “pounding the table” for Dower Nilsson. He served as captain for Sweden at this year’s Under-18 World Championships in Dallas, where Detroit’s brass did more vetting.

“As we were interviewing a lot of Swedish prospects, we always (ask), ‘Of the prospects on your team and at the U-18, who would you want to take to the NHL to be a teammate?’ ” Draper said. “The majority of the players on that team said Liam Dower Nilsson. That stuck out to us. He has good hockey sense, a lot of character, a lot of compete and just seems like another player who loves the game. With that and Hakan (being) a big fan of his, spent the last couple years watching him, it just made sense.”


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