Ludvig Bystrom to Dallas Stars: Scouting Report and Analysis from 2012 NHL Draft

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IJune 23, 2012

Courtesy of Bildbyran
Courtesy of Bildbyran

Position: Defenseman

Height/Weight: 5'11", 187 lbs

Shoots: Left

DOB: 7/20/1994

Team: Modo Hockey (SEL, Sweden)


Ludvig Bystrom is a talented young defenseman who has the potential to be another talented Swedish blueliner in the NHL.

In 20 games for Modo Hockey in the Swedish Elite League this season, he had one assist and eight PIM.

He needs to get stronger and must improve defensively, but you can tell that he has the offensive potential that so many Swedish defensemen bring to North America. His willingness to lead the break and head into the offensive zone will allow him to continue developing in a competitive Elite League.

Bystrom's offensive abilities have yet to polish thus far in his young career, and even though he skates very smoothly, there's room for improvement in that part of his game.

His vision on the ice allows him to make accurate passes over great distances better than many of his peers. There's no question that Bystrom can be an effective player on the power play when he arrives to the NHL.  

Bystrom is not ready for the NHL now, and probably won't be for a few years, but he certainly has a bright future ahead of him from an offensive standpoint.

At 17 years old, he has plenty of time to work on his weaknesses and become a more complete defenseman.


Nicholas Goss is an NHL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and was also the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston.