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Swedish winger Daniel Torgersson, playing in Frolunda’s system, dominated his countries’ junior leagues this season. He started in the J18, where he put up six goals and five assists for 11 points in five games. Moving up the J20 SuperElit, Torgersson scored 26 goals and 18 assists for 44 points in 39 games played. He also got in six games in the SHL, but didn’t score any points. Torgersson played for the Under-18 Swedish National Team, putting up five goals and five assists for 10 points in 13 games. He scored two goals and one assist for three points in five games at the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup, winning a bronze medal.
Last season, Torgersson put up 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points in 29 games in the J18. He picked up just one goal in seven playoff games but still helped Frolunda to the J18 Championship. Torgersson scored one goal and three assists for four points in 18 games. He put up one assist in six games at the 2018 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge, winning a bronze medal. Overall he had four goals and six assists for 10 points in 18 games with the Under-17 Swedish National Team.
Daniel Torgersson Scouting Report
Left Wing/Right Wing — shoots Left
Born January 26th, 2002 — Hono, Sweden
Height 6’3″ — Weight 205 lbs [190 cm / 93 kg]
Torgersson’s skating helps him to play a power game. There are some aspects that could use improvement though. Torgersson has a powerful stride. He is strong on the puck and wins battles in the corners and in front of the net. He can also fight through checks and keep his balance as he drives to the net. Torgersson also has very good top-end speed. However, his first step and his acceleration can be improved While he can keep up with the play and is good through a 200-foot game, he can have some issues in shorter races to loose pucks. Torgersson can also use some work on his edgework and agility. He lacks a bit of lateral agility. An improvement would help him to change directions quickly and get around defenders both with and without the puck. He also loses speed in his turns.
Torgersson uses his size and strength to his advantage. He is able to control the play down low and cycle the puck with smart passes to teammates. His strong stickhandling allows him to keep his body between the puck and the defender, controlling it to make plays. Torgersson is also effective on the forecheck. While he isn’t a big hitter, he is good at chasing down defenders and creating turnovers. When he moves the puck, he keeps his feet moving and gets to the front of the net to take a return pass from a teammate. He sees the ice well and makes the smart play with the puck on his stick, but isn’t the most creative passer.
Torgersson has an accurate wrist shot and a quick release. He could stand to improve is power though. Torgersson usually scores from his shot working closer to the net. He needs to be inside the face-off dots. He can also use some work on his slap shot and one-timer though. Torgersson is effective in front of the net. He has quick hands and can elevate the puck in tight to the goal. His size creates a screen and he has the hand-eye coordination to pounce on rebounds or get tip-ins. Torgersson is willing to battle defenders to establish his spot in front of the net. He’s also good at fighting for loose pucks in the corners.
Torgersson is effective defensively. He uses his size and strength to support the defence down low on the cycle game. He also reads the play well and puts himself in position to intercept passes and create turnovers in the defensive zone. Torgersson has a quick stick which also helps him to create turnovers. He does a good job of sticking close to his man. He also takes good angles and provides effective backpressure against the rush. When a turnover is created Torgersson looks to transition the puck up the ice.
Projection and Comparison
Torgersson could become a middle-six winger at the next level. His combination of size and skating ability make him a decent prospect. His defensive ability also helps as he could make the NHL, even if his offence never fully develops. There is a chance he can be a top-six winger but would need to improve his first few steps as well as add a bit more creativity and variety to his game. Torgersson’s game is reminiscent of Nikolai Antropov, but this is a stylistic comparison only and not one based on skill and potential.
The following is a compilation of some of the highlight packages and features of Daniel Torgersson that are available on youtube and twitter.
— Anton (@antonj85) November 6, 2019
— Lassi Alanen (@lassialanen) August 10, 2019
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— Anton (@antonj85) December 14, 2018
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Check back tomorrow for the next prospect on our draft board.
Daniel Torgersson Main Photo:
ICYMI-SWEDEN: Daniel Torgersson, LW/RW, Frolunda (2020) #NHLDraft @jimmyhamrin -power forward w/ size, +good vision w/ an average skillset -26 goals+44 pts in 39 games in SuperElit as U18 player is impressive – low-risk 3rd/4th rd pick but could go higherhttps://t.co/uZJzdWu0He pic.twitter.com/zlastE4gtv
— McKeen’s Hockey (@mckeenshockey) May 11, 2020