Christopher Ralph is a hockey writer with a focus on prospects and the entry draft, as well as the Leafs’ correspondent here at THW.
“Full Potential” Prospect Profile:
20. Jacob Josefson – Stockholm, SWE – 6’0″ – 187 lbs – SEL – Djurgarden – C
One-Timer: The well-rounded, smooth skating two-way centerman had an up and down year in the SEL, but finished strong with 5 pts in his last 6 games. He has a good level hockey IQ and doesn’t shy away from the physical side of the game. Josefson is a slick stick-handler and uses is superior ice vision in distributing the puck to teammates effectively.
NHL Player(s) Comparison: Henrik Zetterberg-Lite
Scouting Combine Performance:
- TSN noted: “Jacob Josefson (ranked #3 among European skaters) was in solid condition and really put forth a strong effort on the Wingate cycle test.”
International Tournaments: Though he failed to pick up any points in 6 games at the WJC-U20, Josefson picked up 7 points in 6 games at the WJC-U18 in April. It should be noted he reportedly suffering from a stomach flu during the U20s.
ETA = 2 to 3 years
Risk-Reward Analysis: Risk = 1.5/5 Reward = 4/5
NHL Potential: 2nd line 2-way center
Fantasy Hockey Potential: Offensive = 7.5/10 Defensive = 8/10
- ISS: 16
- CSB: 3-E
- TSN: 18
- THN: 15
Chris is THW’s senior draft/prospect analyst and a Managing Editor. Watch for “The Next Ones” Prospect Profile series, exclusive rankings, mock drafts, as well as the annual THW NHL Entry Draft Guide. Follow @ChrisRalphYQ on Twitter as he infiltrates, dissects and analyzes all happenings of hockey prospects and the NHL entry draft. Email: cralph[at]thehockeywriters[dot]com