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  • 2021 NHL Draft: Isak Rosén is an agile winger


    If you took the pure essence of speed, skill, and agility, and tightly wound it up in a player that just shone with a bright light whenever he was on the ice — a glowing orb of Swedish exultation — it would be Isak Rosén.

    It might be a turn off for some NHL scouts or fans of a certain team, but Rosén is basically everything you want for a human highlight reel. He shuffles around defenders, makes his way to basically sitting right on top of the goaltender, or can unleash a hectic one-timer on the power play — he can seemingly do everything and take advantage of weaker competition.

    When any opposing player gives him space, he takes full control and can whip out scoring chances for himself or for his teammates. Rosén is extremely deceptive and tricks some defenses that can’t read him right, making them appear foolish as he snipes one above their goaltender.

    He has some incredible tools, but the effectiveness and how much it affects his teammates is something to look out for. He makes extremely high level plays, but sometimes in the grander sense, he isn’t very reliable for someone that wants to keep he puck and play a safe game. I’m sure a lot of players grow into that side of the game and just simply want to show off their natural talents, but it takes a lot of work and development — that is why some scouts don’t have him in the first half of the first round.

    Pre-Draft Rankings

    #8 by NHL Central Scouting (EU Skaters)

    #24 by Elite Prospects

    #25 by Scott Wheeler/The Athletic

    #28 by Craig Button/TSN

    #20 by Dobber Prospects

    What Scouts Are Saying

    -Scott Wheeler, The Athletic

    -Alexa Potack, Dobber Prospects

    -Corey Pronman, The Athletic

    Would He Fit In With The Wild?

    Honestly, I don’t think so. It would be great watching these highlights when he’s just considered a prospect, but when you view his full game and get exposed to what he is as a player, it might annoy some people and coaches to the peak of eruption. He appears to not be a physical player whatsoever, meaning that on a team like the Wild, you would need to cater to his needs and partner him up with stable defensive players, just to try and come out as a net even against NHL competition.

    During his time in the SHL, Rosén had a tough time protecting the puck and appeared to be a little frail. If he is able to round out his overall game and his frame, then he would make sense for Minnesota.

    Could The Wild Get Him?

    As the theme of this post kind of rolls on, NHL scouts are going to love the skill, but it is still a risk to take a player that has been given the world in terms of talent, but still needs some defensive development. Sometimes it works exceptionally, but sometimes it’s a trainwreck and that player just stays overseas because they can make a living scoring highlight goals for the rest of their life.

    With the 21st and 25th picks, I think that he would be available to the Wild, but it just depends if they want to take him — he doesn’t seem like a very Judd Brackett-type pick.

    A Minnesota Relation

    All flash with no substance players are rare in Minnesota. You want to say it’s the top players that they’ve had, but it’s difficult to determine if that’s really the case. Maybe it’s Marion Gaborik if he cared even less about defense during his time with the Wild?

    It’s all fun and games, so let’s just say it’s him.

    This draft board isn’t a ranking, it’s just the order in which we published our draft profiles and some guys we just wanted to write about.

    2021 NHL Draft Board


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