Position: Right Wing
Weight: 211 lbs
DOB: 7 February 1994
Team: Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Henrik Samuelsson is a big forward who finds success through his mix between skill and size. He has a good shot that he can unleash dangerously off the half-wall on the power play, a crisp and accurate passing game and great puck-handling skills. At 6'2" and 211 pounds, his size and strength complements those qualities.
Like most Swedish-influenced players, Samuelsson also excels in the defensive aspects of the game. He is also very versatile, with the ability to play in all three forward positions and on both special teams.
Samuelsson has spent time on three elite teams in three elite leagues over the past two seasons: In 2010-11, he spent the year with the USNTDP in the USHL. He started this year with Modo in the Swedish Elitserien, recording two assists in 15 games, before joining the Western Hockey League's Edmonton Oil Kings in January.
Despite having to adjust to a new league, Samuelsson played well with the Oil Kings this season, scoring seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points in 28 games. He also put up a plus-18. Samuelsson really excelled in the playoffs for the WHL champions, posting four goals and 10 assists in 17 games. In the Memorial Cup finals, he scored two goals with three assists in four games.
Samuelsson saw his draft stock rise in the playoffs, as he showed an ability to step up his game when his team needed him. He hasn't really had the opportunity to play in international competition for Team USA, but he proved himself enough in three different leagues to solidify his place as one of the draft's best power forwards.
Henrik Samuelsson was ranked as the 75th skater among North Americans by Central Scouting.
Analysis: Samuelsson projects as a defensively reliable second-line winger with scoring upside and special teams capabilities.
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