Based on his rankings, Eklund could go anywhere from third overall to the back end of the top ten. He’s a terrific forward with a confident swagger about him. You watch his film; what stands out to me is his precise shooting and shifty skating ability.
He’s active in front of the net and gets his teammates involved with crisp passing to set up scoring chances.
Eklund uses every inch of European ice to create plays, so I am curious how his game translates to the smaller North American rink where there’s obviously less space and time. He and Devils’ 2020 first-round pick Alexander Holtz made for quite the one-two punch on Djurgårdens, tallying a combined 18 goals and 23 assists this past season.
And don’t forget that Tobias Bjornfot played 15 games for Djurgårdens while waiting for the NHL season to begin, so there is some level of familiarity there.