Prospect Profile: Fredrik Claesson

Fredrik Claesson (D-L, 6’0, DOB 1992, 5-126/11)
2009-10 SupEl Djurgardens 22-0-4-4 +11 18pim (ppg 0.18) 8th d-pts
2010-11 SupEl Djurgardens 18-2-3-5 +10 6pim (ppg 0.27) 6th
2010-11 SEL Djurgardens 35-2-0-2 +4 6pim (ppg 0.05) 7th
2011-12 SEL Djurgardens 47-1-6-7 +7 8pim (ppg 0.14) t-5th
2011-12 WJC Sweden 6-0-0-0 Even 0pim t-6th

A defensive defenseman (ranked #27 by Central Scouting), Claesson was a teammate of Zibanejad‘s (and briefly Marcus Sorensen) and continued his strong, safe play with struggling Djurgarden this season (he was also a member of Sweden’s gold medal winning WJC team).  He might return to the Sweden for another season, although that seems less likely now that Djurgarden has been relegated.  I haven’t been able to find a decent scouting report on Claesson (Hockey Futures writes “Claesson is almost exclusively a stay-at-home defenseman. While not overly physical, he plays a sound positional game and is very good at preventing scoring opportunities and blocking shots and passes. Claesson is not an impressive stickhandler at this point in his career but those skills should improve as he continues to develop), but the organisation has compared him to Anton Volchenkov.  Here’s Claesson playing in the development camp, and an interview with him after winning the World Junior Championships.


Senators News: April 13th

Paul MacLean was happy with 54 minutes of his team’s effort, feeling that the end of the second and beginning of the third was their primary problem last night.  He acknowledged their powerplay needs to be much better, and “We didn’t play our best. We need to play better, obviously, to win. When you lose a game, you can always be better in all areas and all zones of the rink.”  The Sens players had essentially the same message, which is in stark contrast to the sky-is-falling mentality of the press.

-There’s probably no point in correcting Allen Panzeri, but for those scoring at home Erik Karlsson stopped Prust‘s breakaway, not Chris Phillips as reported.

Bruce Garrioch illustrates why reading about the game isn’t the same as watching the game, “The Rangers served noticed to the Senators  that the team that pays the price is going to win the series. New York used its physical force to hit just about everything wearing a white sweater.”  Garrioch leaves the impression that the Rangers were the more physical team and it’s just not true–hits were even at 37 and even without the official stats physicality was not the deciding factor of the game.

-Speaking of Garrioch, he was on Hockey Central this afternoon and according to the boys in the studio the series is over–mark it down.  Doug MacLean thinks Condra is one of Ottawa’s big bodies incidentally–something he’s repeated for awhile–which I get a kick out of.

Joy Lindsay reports that Mika Zibanejad will not play for Binghamton this weekend due to a mix of illness and exhaustion (Garrioch reports it may be a concussion).  Robin Lehner will start tonight and both Andre Petersson and Stephane Da Costa are expected to play.