Sebastian Collberg to Canadiens: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2012

CALGARY, CANADA - JANUARY 5:  Sebastian Collberg #15 of Team Sweden skates during the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship Gold Medal game against Team Russia at the Scotiabank Saddledome on January 5, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Team Sweden defeated Team Russia 1-0 in overtime.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images

Position: RW/LW

Height/Weight: 5'11"/174 lbs

Shoots: Right

DOB: 2/23/1994

Youth Team: Mariestads BoIS

Current Team: Frolunda (Elitserien)


Aside from the top few forwards in the draft, there is a lot of uncertainty with regard to which will translate to the NHL and which won't.

Among those being discussed is Swedish winger Sebastian Collberg.

The speedster has outstanding offensive ability, but the question is whether he can succeed in the rough-and-tumble NHL at his size.

Collberg has shown plenty of offensive flash during his young career. He put up 17 points in 21 games for Frolunda of Elitserien's under-20 team. He also had seven points in six games in the World Junior Hockey Championships and often looked like Sweden's most dangerous forward.

At the same time, though, Collberg received a glimpse of how tough it could be to play at the next level when he made the leap to Frolunda's senior team.

In 41 games, he played sparingly, but he didn't register a single point. A lot of that obviously had to do with veteran players getting ice time ahead of him, but he clearly has a lot of growing left to do in terms of his physical traits and his maturity before he reaches the NHL.

Collberg is one of the speediest players in the draft, though, and if his other tools come around, then he should be a very dangerous player a couple years down the line.

He has an excellent shot that should translate well to the NHL since picking corners is about the only way to beat goaltenders nowadays.

Collberg could stand to bulk up because there is a decent chance that he will be pushed around by much bigger and more physical players in the NHL.

Guys like Martin St. Louis and Claude Giroux have found a way to circumvent that, though, so Collberg still has a fighting chance.

The biggest issue with Collberg is that he is a bit one dimensional. He isn't a particularly great defensive forward, and he isn't going to hit many people, but he has explosive offensive ability. Depending on how far he comes in that regard, he could be a fantastic NHL player.

If he rests on his laurels and doesn't improve in other areas, though, I can see Collberg flaming out.