Viktor Stalberg has become a gem of a pick for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Stalberg was passed by in his first two years of draft eligibility, but in 2006 the Leafs made him their sixth-round pick, 161st overall.
Viktor has progressed every year and was (until today's signing of Christian Hanson) the Leafs' best NHL-ready prospect playing at the collegiate level. Viktor's biggest accomplishment has come this year, as he has been named to the top 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. The Hobey Baker Award is given to the best college player.
What Stalberg Brings The Leafs:
Viktor is a very intense player and has size to match. At 6'3" and 191 pounds, Viktor could fill out a little more, which is a scary thought.
Stalberg is a natural sniper and has a good scoring touch. His passing and defensive play has been criticized by some scouts, but his skating helps mask that. He has great acceleration and can reach top speed in just a few strides.
He forechecks well, but he could use his size to improve his physical game. His sniper of a shot could be a strong benefit for the Leafs down the road.
Stalberg plays like Mike Modano.
Stalberg Next Year:
Stalberg will likely return to Vermont for his senior year of college hockey to help mentor his younger brother Sebastian, who will join UVM next season.