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Vancouver Canucks Prospects: RW Anton Rodin

SASKATOON, SK - JANUARY 3:  Anton Rodin #18 of Team Sweden skates during the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship Tournament Semifinal game against Team USA on January 3, 2010 at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.  Team USA defeated Team Sweden 5-2.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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Joseph TrentonAnalyst IIIMay 7, 2012

Anton Rodin, 21-year-old from Stockholm, Sweden, is a Vancouver Canucks prospect drafted 53rd overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

The selection can be credited to Thomas Gradin and the scouting staff that regularly watches young prospects play hockey in the Swedish Elite League.

Blessed with tremendous skating ability, good hands and a chip on his shoulder, Rodin is developing into a pretty impressive prospect for the Canucks. In the mind of Mike Gilis late April, he praised Rodin's work this season more than any other.

"Anton Rodin has had a really solid second half of the season. Of all the players [in Chicago], he's probably the most dynamic, highly skilled player," Mike Gillis told Canucks TV. “He probably needs another year of development to get stronger. It's tough figuring out North America coming from Europe sometimes and he's coming up really well in the last little bit, so if things continue on the same track we expect him to compete for a job."

Let's take a look at what Gillis is referring to in more detail here.

First of all, Rodin finished his first season with the Chicago Wolves with 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points in 62 games.

In two games in October, he did not register a point, and took two penalty minutes.

In nine games in November, Rodin scored two goals and three assists for five points. His first career goal in the AHL was scored on November 4, and first career multi-point game was on November 19 with a goal and an assist for two points.

In a busy December schedule for the Wolves, Rodin tallied two goals and five assists for seven points, including a four-game point streak after Christmas with four points.

In January, Rodin played seven games and scored two assists in back-to-back games in back-to-back nights on January 24 and 25.

Within 10 games in February, Rodin had one goal and four assists for five points.

March was the time period where Rodin struggled to find his rhythm. He had two goals on March 7, and did not reach the score sheet on any other nights.

Rodin regained his form and his confidence in April when he played seven games for the Wolves. He scored in three consecutive games between April 10 and 14.

Jon Häggqvist, Swedish sports writer from Ornskoldsvik, reported that during Rodin's time in the Swedish Elite League, he played with Ottawa Senators forward Jakob Silfverberg, who saw some playoff action in Game 7 against the New York Rangers before falling out.

If Rodin decides to add some strength and maintain his speed side of the game, he can become a serviceable player for the Canucks. At 5'11'' and 174 lbs, Rodin needs the full season ahead to build some muscle in order to stand his ground at the National Hockey League level.

In the NHL, Rodin could one day become a Canucks checking line winger like what Jannik Hansen is contributing to the team, with opportunities to play in the top-six forward role. All in all, Rodin has the skill sets to play a dynamic game, but he has to first get stronger during the summer.

 

This is Joseph Trenton reporting from Vancouver.

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