Place of BirthTäby, SWE
Havelid is a defenseman with an excellent offensive mindset that is useful in every minute on the power play where he moves the puck quickly, smoothly and calmly. Whenever he has a chance he is not afraid of taking a shot which he does with a lot of power. He has the whole package to succeed if he continues to develop. To start, Havelid always plays with a lot of confidence taking the puck forward. He keeps his head up to see what is happening and his feet moving to maintain his way forward. On the offensive blue line he is creative and plays with a thin margin of error, but it is also that that gives him an advantage. He changes direction quick and often beats his opponent in 1-on-1 situations. Havelid’s passing game is great and he combines short and easy passes with long, accurate, decisive ones that hit the stick of his teammates. His defensive game is not as good as his offense, but he handles many situations well. He is active with his stick and tries to close the gap when opponents do a break out. His is not afraid of playing against the body and he has a good balance. Havelid has some areas that he needs to work on. Around his own net he sometimes acts a little lost and misses his mark. He could also be a little too aggressive and get overplayed from time to time when he wants to win loose pucks directly. With more strength and better physical elements coming in the next years he will also handle battle along the boards better than today. With the puck, he sometimes loses it due to too small margins when he tries to be creative. This was one of many views I’ve had of Havelid, and he continues to maintain his position as one of the most interesting Swedes in this draft class. If he continues to develop I see him as a good pick late in the first round and a player that will be top-four defenseman in the future.
Mattias Havelid's Reports
|Oct 28/21||Mattias Havelid||22695 – Linkoping U20 vs. Sodertalje U20||J20 Nationell||by Fredrik Haak||View Summary|
|Oct 4/21||Mattias Havelid||22549 – Linkoping J20 vs. Oskarshamn J20||J20 Nationell||by Joshua Frojelin||View Summary|
|Aug 8/21||Mattias Havelid||22350 – Slovakia vs. Sweden||HLINKA||by Joseph Aleong||View Summary|