May 20, 2021

Eklund named SHL rookie of the year

William Eklund, a top prospect for the 2021 NHL Draft, has been named rookie of the year in the SHL, the league announced Tuesday.

Eklund had 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in 40 games with Djurgardens IF this season. His 11 goals led junior-aged players in scoring.

“He is, in my opinion, one of the most special players to watch in this draft,” Swedish-based FCHockey scout Fredrik Haak said. “He has so many different layers on the ice and can fit into so many roles in a team. He can be a hard working, annoying player to face, and on the other side he can be creative and score goals and be a key player for his team.

“His season has been so impressive and he is one of the most NHL-ready players I have seen the last years.”

Eklund is ranked third in FCHockey’s Spring ranking for the 2021 draft,

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