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William
Eklund

Eklund’s hockey sense is probably his single best asset. He never seems to be lost in the play or overwhelmed by it, so he’s rarely a liability. He is very good without the puck, knowing how to pressure opponents into making turnovers and correctly anticipating where the puck is going. Eklund has plenty of acceleration,…

Date of Birth
October 12, 2002
Position
Left Wing
Height
5'10"
Draft Year
2021
Place of Birth
Haninge, SWE  
Shoots
Left
Weight
176 lbs
Draft Result
1/7 (SJS)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Feb 20/21 Eklund William 21731 – Malmo vs. Djurgarden SHL by James Henry View Report
Dec 10/20 Eklund William 21438 – Djurgarden vs. Frolunda SHL by Fredrik Haak View Report
Dec 5/20 Eklund William 21422 – Djurgarden vs. Linkoping SHL by Derek Neumeier View Report
Nov 26/20 Eklund William 21379 – Djurgarden vs. Vaxjo SHL by Josh Bell View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2020-2021 Djurgårdens IF shl 28 7 8 15 0.54 5 2
2019-2020 Djurgårdens IF shl 20 0 2 2 0.1 -2 4
November 5, 2021
Sharks returning Eklund to Djurgarden
October 12, 2021
Trio of 2021s crack NHL Opening Day rosters
July 26, 2021
Broad Strokes: Top picks from each team at the 2021 Draft
July 26, 2021
Scout Survey: Post 2021 NHL Draft
July 25, 2021
BELL CURVE: Grades for each team at the 2021 Draft
July 25, 2021
2021 NHL Draft grades: Full results, analysis for every first-round pick
July 24, 2021
2021 NHL Draft Tracker
July 23, 2021
FCHockey releases 2021 NHL Draft Guide
July 23, 2021
10 storylines to watch at the 2021 NHL Draft
July 23, 2021
2021 NHL Draft – FCHockey’s Draft Directory
July 23, 2021
2021 NHL Draft: The Battle Royale for No. 1
July 22, 2021
FCHockey’s FULL Seven-Round Staff Mock
July 22, 2021
2021 NHL Draft ‘Best in Class’
July 22, 2021
Scout Survey: 2021 NHL Draft class
July 21, 2021
Holmes 10 Takes: Pre-Draft Thoughts
July 20, 2021
2021 NHL Mock Draft – FINAL EDITION
July 19, 2021
Future Focus: William Eklund
July 8, 2021
Power tops FCHockey’s Final ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
July 7, 2021
FCHockey releases Final ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
July 5, 2021
Notebook: Power, Clarke, Hughes & More
July 5, 2021
Eklund named recipient of E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence
June 3, 2021
2021 NHL Mock Draft – Post Lottery Edition
May 26, 2021
Spotlight: William Eklund
May 20, 2021
Eklund named SHL rookie of the year
May 9, 2021
2021 NHL Mock Draft – Neumeier edition
April 23, 2021
Hughes tops FCHockey’s Spring ranking for 2021 draft
April 23, 2021
FC releases Spring ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
April 3, 2021
2021 NHL Mock Draft – Holmes Edition
March 25, 2021
Scout Survey: Scouting in an uncertain year
March 21, 2021
The ‘Way-too-early’ 2021 NHL Draft Mock
March 16, 2021
Analytics Approach: William Eklund
March 3, 2021
Holmes’ 10 Takes: Guenther, Lucius, Rosen & more
February 22, 2021
Notebook: Chibrikov, Eklund, Voit & More
February 13, 2021
Plenty of options at No. 1 for the 2021 class
February 12, 2021
FCHockey’s Winter Rankings: 5 Risers
February 10, 2021
Hughes tops FCHockey’s Winter ranking for 2021 Draft
February 10, 2021
FCHockey releases Winter Ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
February 5, 2021
Scout Series: Joel Henderson on William Eklund
December 13, 2020
Bell’s 10 Takes: World Juniors, Beniers, Raty & More
December 8, 2020
2021 World Juniors: Predictions on the draft-eligible Swedes
December 4, 2020
FCHockey releases Preliminary ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
December 3, 2020
FCHockey’s top-10 draft-eligible prospects of the month – November 2020
November 28, 2020
Holmes’ 10 Takes: Eklund, Raty, Clarke & More

Eklund’s hockey sense is probably his single best asset. He never seems to be lost in the play or overwhelmed by it, so he’s rarely a liability. He is very good without the puck, knowing how to pressure opponents into making turnovers and correctly anticipating where the puck is going. Eklund has plenty of acceleration, top speed and agility to work with, allowing him to beat opponents in direct footraces or take more creative routes. Using his strong edges and some subtle misdirection, he has the ability to create scoring chances with his skating alone. All over the ice, Eklund’s head is on a swivel. He’s constantly checking for where his man is and where everyone else is. Then, when he gets possession, he already knows where he’s headed. This especially helps in the offensive zone, as he can find his teammates through thick traffic, setting up an excellent chance in this game, passing through four players. It allows him to pull off some deceptive drop and behind the back passes, making him a very intriguing playmaker. His puck control is quite advanced and he can carry it and make plays at full speed. He’s very slippery in the cycle, twisting his body to protect the puck and using his head, hands and feet to be deceptive. He reads and reacts to the play quickly enough to make dangerous passes and can make plays off his backhand. He does well to get himself into dangerous shooting areas without the puck, using both his quickness and his smarts. He attacks with speed, drives the puck to the net, and can change his shooting angle on shot attempts. His release is quick and surprisingly powerful, plus he doesn’t need a lot of room to get the puck on net. He also shows good offensive habits by remaining around the net for second opportunities, and works to find open space. Without the puck, he is relentless on the forecheck, has a great work ethic, and solid defensive positioning. Eklund competes hard and doesn’t quit on plays, including making desperation moves, such as diving poke checks, if it’s his last resort. He’s fearless in his play. In puck battles, Eklund is competitive and has a strong stick. Breaking the puck out of the defensive zone, he is aware of his options and is responsible with the puck. One area of improvement for Eklund would be his pass receiving skills. At times wide passes can bounce or bobble off of his stick, especially firm passes to his backhand. Spending his entire draft year in the SHL should prepare him well for the next level.

– FCHockey’s 2021 NHL Draft Guide