Linköping HC J20/J20 Nationell
Related: Jimmy Snuggerud
Filip Bystedt has had a solid start to his draft-eligible season, splitting time between the J20 and SHL for Linköping. In the junior league, Bystedt has tallied 38 points in 33 games, is currently sitting inside the top-10 in points per game among J20 draft eligibles. His SHL play, on the other hand, has been limited; he only has been able to put up two points in 15 games, however, it should we should take into account that he has averaged less than 10 minutes of ice time per game during his SHL stint. Projected to be a playmaking center with great size; he can add mobility and strength could see him develop into a strong middle-six pivot at the NHL level.
Skating Below Average
Physical Play Great
Offensive Play Average
Defensive Play Great
Hockey Sense Great
- Big Bodied playmaker, with strong passing ability, and flashes of high-end offensive ability.
- Has great on-ice awareness, constantly keeping his head up to scan the ice for open passing lanes to exploit.
- Has excellent physical tools to be an effective two-way center.
Areas of Improvement
- Needs to improve on his skating, if he want to be an impact player at the next level.
- Doesn’t protect the puck well despite he physical tools.
Standing in at 6’4″, Filip Bystedt is a big-bodied playmaker with flashes of strong offensive ability. His best attribute is his passing ability when he has possession of the puck, consistently keeping his head up to scan the ice for open passing lanes to exploit. Even for someone as large as he is, his skating could definitely use some improvement as he works towards reaching the next level, although Bystedt has shown limited bursts of strong straight-line speed but has consistently exhibited slightly below-average mobility for someone his size. Taking a look at the transition game, Bystedt has had success in this area. When he retrieves the puck in the defensive end, he uses his strong playmaking ability to find an open teammate to make the smart zone exit pass. When he receives an outlet pass in the neutral zone, Bystedt can use that straight-line burst to advance possession into the offensive end. The area of Bystedt’s game that could be considered his biggest weakness is his puck protection, especially given his physical tools. It may sound weird that a 6 foot 4 player needs to work on his puck protection but in my opinion, he has not been able to successfully protect the puck in contested situations. Bystedt has the chance to grow into a middle-six center if he can make some major improvements to his skating while adding strength to withstand checks and maintain possession. I would compare Filip Bystedt to Jordan Staal; even though he is nowhere near as good as Jordan Staal at the time of the draft, he could develop into a Jordan Staal-type player. Because of his physical tools and potential, I could foresee Filip Bystedt being taken in the second round of the 2022 Draft.
Skill: A Big Playmaking Center, with great size and two-way ability
NHL Comparison: Jordan Staal
NHL Potential: Second/Third-Line Center
|2020-21||Linköping HC J20||J20 Nationell||15||5||12|
|2021-22||Sweden U18||Hlinka Gretzky Cup||5||3||7|
|Linköping J20||J20 Nationell||33||14||38|