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BREAKING: Sharks Pick Filip Bystedt at No. 27

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Trading the 11th overall pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks moved down to pick 27 and have officially selected Filip Bystedt.

Bystedt is a 6-foot-4, 187-pound center with some immense upside, picking up 16 goals and 33 assists in 40 games with Linköping HC J20 in the Swedish junior league. Bystedt also played 15 games with Linköping HC in the SHL, playing among men for part of his season.

Corey Pronman of The Athletic had this to say about Bystedt, listing him on his list of NHL Draft prospects with the most upside just one month ago: “It’s easy to watch Bystedt and imagine what he could be in the NHL as a 6-foot-3 center who can move and has some offense. When he’s flying up the ice and making a play or scoring a goal from the dots you can think of a world where he becomes an important player for an NHL team.”

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Alaskan_ice

I like the size and the upside is exciting!! Welcome to team teal, Filip!!

Eric Pichette

I have faith in DW Jr. Welcome to the Sharks Filip 🦈.

Don V

Pretty worrisome pick for me. Feels like a big reach with questionable upside.

jodv

You left out the part when Pronman said those moments were few and that in a lot of cases, he barely noticed him on the ice. 😬

david barnard

good top speed, takes forever to get to that top gear. some strength added should fix his acceleration problem as it’s not reported to be mechanical in nature. big, but prefers a perimeter game. good stick, good positioning defensively. should be better at protecting the puck with his reach advantage, will need development here. takes forever to get his shot off, tends to dust the puck off a lot, will need to get faster at getting his shot off. DWJr has been getting a lot of props for his drafting since he took over, but this pick is reminiscent when… Read more »

BrianJ

The Sharks traded out of the 11th spot; they could have taken a highly quality, forward prospect such as Nazar, McGroarty, Lekkerimaki or Kemmel (seems taller than his listed height), but they traded down and took a player at a level lower, Bystedt. Watching the draft on ESPN, Boucher suggested Bystedt is the fourth best offensive player on his team (not sure which team) and a notch below the other three. Most scouting reports have him at a second round pick, perhaps the middle of the second round. Via the trade, the Sharks went for quantity over quality, a risky… Read more »

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