Toronto Maple Leafs Swedish Prospects Rundown
Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; William Nylander poses for a photo with team officials after being selected as the number eight overall pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Sweden isn’t just a beautiful country of just under 10-million that’s known for vikings, IKEA, ABBA and the Swedish Chef from the muppet show. It’s also known for a wealth of amazing hockey players: Markus Naslund, Daniel Alfredsson, Niklas Kronwall, Erik Karlsson, Nicklas Lidstrom, Peter Forsberg, Tomas Holmstrom, Gustav Nyquist, Gabriel Landeskog, Victor Hedman, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Henrik Zetterberg, Henrik Lundqvist…did I miss any Henrik’s?
The Toronto Maple Leafs even got in on the Swedish act, with Mats Sundin and Borje Salming being important players in two different eras. In fact the Leafs have drafted 12 Swedes since 2002, when they took Alex Steen in the first round.
Right now the Leafs have six prospects that hail from Sweden, ranging from sure things to extreme long shots. We’ll break them down for you, starting with the most likely to make an impact to the least likely.