NEWS

 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Devils have big hopes for Tedenby

Thursday, 09.4.2008 / 10:37 AM ET / News
NHL.com
X
Share with your Friends


Devils have big hopes for Tedenby

The New Jersey Devils are optimistic that 2008 first-round draft pick Mattias Tedenby will continue to pack plenty of offense into his slight frame.
NHL.com chats with Mattias Tedenby
The Devils were thrilled to nab Mattias Tedenby with the No. 24 pick in the 2008 Entry Draft.

"We were extremely happy," Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello told The Bergen Record. "The player we got in the first round, from where we were picking, we felt very good. I haven't seen our scouts that excited. I know he's small, but I've seen the films."

The Devils traded down twice, going from No. 21 to No. 23 in a deal with Washington that netted them an extra second-round pick, and from No. 23 to No. 24 in a trade with Minnesota that garnered them a 2009 third-round selection.

With some teams tentative to select European players due to the lack of a formal transfer agreement between the NHL and the IIHF, which governs the European hockey leagues, Tedenby remained available for the Devils.

Lamoriello also realizes a player won't get faster as his game matures, but his defense can improve with teaching – something the Devils are famous for, particularly with Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Robinson working on special assignments and former Devil defenseman and fellow Swede Tommy Albelin working as an assistant coach.

"This is a sheer talent," Lamoriello told the New York Post. "Speed is something you can't teach. He's an exceptional player."

Even exceptional players struggle with consistency, but Goran Stubb, NHL Director of European Scouting, recognizes this is not a problem for Tedenby.

Devils focusing on offense
The Devils, usually a defensive-minded club, went out and upgraded the offense this summer, bringing in Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik in an attempt to the ease the pressure on goaltender Martin Brodeur. ...more
Burlon rounding into form
The New Jersey Devils envisioned a boost of offense from their defense when they drafted Brandon Burlon in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. ...more
(Prospects, offseason moves, plus more)
"Mattias is excellent on every shift," Stubb said. "He has outstanding speed, stick work and work ethic. He is small, but fearless, he takes hits and always comes back. He looks like a young Saku Koivu. He creates scoring chances with his outstanding skating and is very difficult to stop when he is at full speed. He has excellent balance and quick, smooth hands, but needs to improve on his defensive awareness."

Tedenby, 5-foot-10 and 176 pounds, has been compared to smaller NHL players like Koivu, Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and former Canadien and fellow Swede Mats Naslund. New Jersey's scouts made the Naslund comparison, which caught Lamoriello's attention.

"When you hear that, that makes your eyes open," Lamoriello said.

Like Naslund, Tedenby played in the Swedish Elite League prior to being drafted. Tedenby played for HV 71 last season, where he had 3 goals and 3 assists in 23 games.

Tedenby also played for Sweden in the past two Under-18 World Championships and his improvement was visible. The 2007 tournament saw Tedenby score 2 goals and add 1 assist in 6 games as the Swedes defeated Canada to capture the bronze medal.

The 2008 tournament saw the Swedes fall to the United States, 6-3, in the bronze-medal game, but Tedenby was tied for the team lead with 4 goals and 4 assists in 6 games.

"I'm an offensive player who likes playing offensive hockey, 50-50 goal-scorer playmaker," Tedenby said.

The Devils could use an infusion of offense because they are a traditionally a low-scoring team – they ranked No. 27 in the League with just 198 goals scored last season.

Tedenby made one trip to North America after the draft, joining Sweden's Under-20 team, which played exhibition games at a Team USA camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., before returning home for the Swedish hockey season. When he comes across full time, though, remains a question.

The Devils are known for slowly developing prospects and probably don't mind Tedenby will be playing in the best league in Sweden.  Once Tedenby does decide to come to New Jersey, he could be playing alongside countryman Nicklas Bergfors, the club's top prospect. 

Author: Adam Schwartz | NHL.com Staff Writer

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
Advertisement
Advertisement