Top 10 Panthers Prospects: Wildcard Linus Hultstrom

Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent on May 2016

2015-16 Stats: Djurgardens IF (SHL) 52 GP, 12 G, 19 A, 31 PTS

Meaning of the Wildcard Spot: Now as the Wildcard Prospect Hultstrom isn’t ranked on the list. He is the guy who I may have forgotten about and was too lazy to edit him in on the old article. I already edited in Lammikko and took out McKegg and demoted Brickley and I don’t feel like editing it anymore. The Wildcard Rank just think of it as the guy you can fit wherever on this list. Now that I got that out of the way, I can start talking about Hultstrom.

Hultstrom didn’t go into the draft when he was eligible in 2011, I don’t know much history about him. He is an offensive type defenseman who has good analytic numbers. There is a really good bonus about him. He is a great powerplay defenseman. We grabbed Keith Yandle in the offseason to help our powerplay. In the future we could have him on one of the powerplay units.

Road to the NHL: Hultstrom will play 2016-17 in the AHL helping out Springfield. Jakub Kindl and Steven Kampfer both should be gone at the end of 2016-17 as well as either Alex Petrovic or Mark Pysyk. Ian McCoshen will likely slide into the 6th Defenseman spot with Ekblad, Yandle, Demers, Matheson and Whoever stays between Petro/Pysyk. Then that will open up a spot for Linus Hultstrom to slide in as the 7th defenseman in 2017-18

Projected NHL Arrival: 2017-18

NHL Future: Hultstrom will likely be used during the first few years of his career as a bottom 4 offensive type defenseman. I believe he will likely spend most of his career as the 3rd or 4th defenseman. He will be utilized as a Powerplay weapon. He was also a leader on his SHL team so he might be able to get an A after a while if he stays in Florida.

Probability of Success: From what I’ve heard I think he won’t be a super stud in the future but he could pan out to be around a B+ player.