NHL Prospect Profile: Simon Holmström

– Simon Holmström –

HV71 (SuperElit) | Right Wing | 2019 NHL Draft Eligible

Tranås, Sweden | May 24, 2001 | 5-foot-11, 172-pounds

Simon Holmström quietly put up one of the better SuperElit seasons among U17 players in the last decade. His 11 goals and 30 points over 28 games rivalled the production of the likes of Mikael Backlund and Filip Forsberg at the same age. An offence-first winger, Holmström has shown the potential to be a valuable point producer at the professional level.

A passer before a shooter, Holmström’s natural playmaking instincts come as a result of his vision of the ice. He seems to always know where his teammates are and can skate his way into time and space with the puck. Surprisingly, Holmström has yet to represent Sweden at a major international tournament.

Strengths:

  • Playmaking
  • Skating
  • Puck Skills

A highly skilled winger, Holmström is a smart player with the puck. He has the ability to dictate the pace of play when he has puck possession and can create time and space for himself and his teammates through his puck-handling and skating prowess. Holmström easily threads passes through traffic and can bait defenders towards him in order to open up his teammates.

On the other hand, Holmström does have the ability to find the back of the net himself on occasion as well. His release is quick, but his shot is not overpowering, as he usually scores by opening himself up for a cross-ice pass. Holmström’s hands are creative and he can beat defencemen one-on-one with relative ease.

Weaknesses:

  • Defensive Awareness

Holmström is a winger who clearly plays with an offence-first mentality. While he is a potentially dynamic playmaker, his defensive game often looks lacklustre. Although that fact won’t be his Achilles heel as a winger, it remains an area for improvement.

Holmström could also use a little extra strength on the puck in order to be more successful in puck battles and to be more steady on the puck when he has possession. Both of these attributes seem to be assets that are continuing to develop as a 17-year-old, so don’t put too much stock into their distinction as a “weakness”.

Future Potential:

Simon Holmström projects to be a top-six winger at the NHL level. He is a potentially dynamic point-producer and an intelligent playmaker. He is an above-average skater and is extremely versatile on the power play. Heading into the ’18-19 season, Holmström looks like a possible first round pick for the 2019 NHL Draft, likely near the end of the round.

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