NHL draft profiles: Gabriel Landeskog
Stereotypes aren't operative with Swedish RW Gabriel Landeskog, a near-certain first-rounder in the 2011 NHL entry draft.
The stereotype of wingers coming out of Sweden is basic: highly skilled and speedy, but either unprepared or not equipped to play on the smaller North American rink. They tend to have a steep learning curve against more physical players -- even then, they aren't the ones to dish out contact.
There have been a few exceptions to the rule, most notably for the Detroit Red Wings with Tomas Holmstrom and Johan Franzen. Holmstrom seems to have spent his entire career parked in front of the crease, annoying goaltenders and defensemen within range of a slash. Franzen's is a power game -- he's a killer on the cycle and at his best in the playoffs because of his strength and his ability to create and play through heavy hits. Both play with a high hockey IQ and fit within their team's system.
Holmstrom and Franzen also happen to be the two Swedish forwards that the solidly built, 6-foot, 200-pound Landeskog is most frequently compared to.
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