It’s just about that time of the year where NHL teams start to restock their prospect cupboards! Our New Jersey Devils will not only be gaining a player who could make an immediate impact with their #1 overall pick, but they will also be restocking with the other 9-10 picks that they hold in this year’s entry draft. A later round projected prospect that they might have some interest in is a left shooting, left winger named Linus Nyman.
Who is Linus Nyman?
Linus Nyman was born on July 11, 1999 in Helsinki, Finland. At 5’10” and 159 pounds, he still has some growing to do to reach what many would deem “NHL size.” As a Finnish born player, Nyman styarted his playing career in the Jokerit system, making his way through their U16, U18 and U20 teams. This past season however saw Linus make his way over to North America, joining the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs. As an OHL rookie, he amassed 26 goals and 24 assists for a solid 50 points in 68 games, good for 2nd overall in goal scoring for Kingston and 3rd overall in points. His complete stats can be found over at this link to Elite Prospects.
Where is Nyman Ranked?
According to the available rankings, we have the following current projections for where Linus could go in this summer’s draft:
NHL Draftsite: 192
As he is projecting as a later round pick, and many of the sites that we use do not list more than 100 prospects (some don’t even go past their projected first round) we have very few rankings to go off of. Additionally, while a couple of the above numbers may seem close (and as such a good representation of possible draft position), bear in mind that his NHL rank is North American skaters only, while his Draft Analyst ranking is all draft eligible players. He may wind up falling to close to where Draftsite has him pegged.
What Others Say About Nyman
NHL Draftsite’s Bill Placzek had this small blurb to say about Nyman and his playing ability:
Diminutive winger with high end puck carrying skills, and opportunistic scoring chances. Not the fastest guy afoot, and far from the largest, he needs to build on his game and add strength.
In terms of a player projecting to go late in the draft, this is the type of analysis I expect; Linus has strengths to his game, some weaknesses to address, and some growing to do if he hopes to be an effective NHL player. Same song, different
dance player for 2017.
Unfortunately again with Nyman being projected to go so late in the draft, Draftsite was the only source I could find that had anything to say about his game/strengths/weaknessess. Thankfully, we have some video.
A Little Video
The NHL Prospects YouTube channel has been a revelation for us here at AAtJ during our prospect profiles this year; as a channel that has just celebrated its first year of existence, they have provided many of us writers with some awesome footage of players that might otherwise be unavailable, so a big thank you them. Here are two videos of Nyman courtesy of their channel:
The former video shows Nyman against the Sarnia Sting while the latter is against the Sudbury Wolves; after watching these, I’m not so sure I agree with Placzek being down on Nyman’s speed. He may not be THE fastest player on the ice, but he doesn’t seem to be the type of player I’d raise concerns about as well. The second video showed a pretty sweet wrist shot at the start, so he definitely has some offensive potential to his game.
An Opinion of Sorts
Prospects that have very little (if anything) written about them can always be a bit difficult to gauge; video is awesome, but it does not always paint a complete picture either. That all being said, Linus Nyman is another prospect who I would not mind seeing the Devils take a swing at with one of their later round picks. The probability of a later round pick turning into an NHL player is usually pretty low, so it’s a roll of the dice with hope for the best. Linus has some offensive potential and I think the fact that this was his first season on North American ice could actually work out in favor of the team that drafts him.
There’s always an adjustment between North American and International rinks; the fact that Nyman finished as the second leading scorer on a decent Kingston team is a huge positive to me. With a full season under his belt now, he could be poised to break out at the junior level next season; if he does, I can’t say he’d be THE steal of this draft, but could certainly be A steal should he continue growing and eventually put it together in the NHL.
As a late round projection, Linus Nyman has shown some potential in his first season in North America; what are your thoughts on him as a prospect? Would you like to see the Devils select him in the Entry Draft? Are there any concerns that you have about his game? Do you think he’s a fit for the Devils system? Leave any and all thoughts below and thank you as always for reading!