When it comes to Elias Lindholm, there’s very little that needs to be said about the young Swede to paint an accurate picture as to why he has some considering him the best player in the draft. Quite simply, he’s the stereotypical Swedish skater: quick, strong and smart both with and without the puck.
If you ever need to know where Lindholm is out on the ice, just look for the puck. His vision and awareness has him in the middle of plays constantly, be it setting up a teammate with a perfect pass or taking a pass and earning a scoring chance. Elias’ explosiveness has even garnered a few comparisons to arguably the best Swede to ever play in the NHL, Peter Forsberg.
Where Forsberg sets himself apart and where Lindholm needs to remain patient and continue working is converting those aforementioned scoring chances. Since making the jump to the highest level of juniors in Sweden, Lindholm has just 25 goals in 109 games. However, the team who drafts Lindholm will be getting a remarkable player with some of the best potential perhaps in the top-10 slots.
Because of his vision and anticipation out on the ice, his defensive capabilities are well above average. Just as he’s able to create opportunities in the offensive zone, Elias just seems to know where the puck will be at any given time behind his own blue line, and because of that, you can probably chalk up a Frank Selke award or two for Lindholm as the best defensive forward.