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Road to the NHL Draft: Gabriel Carlsson

Position: Defenseman

Junior team: Linkoping (Sweden)

Born: Orebro, Sweden

Measurables: 6-foot-4, 183 pounds

2014-15 stats: 39 games, no goals, seven assists, seven points

Central Scouting rank: No. 2 (Europe)

Lowdown: The top end of the draft will be filled with offensive-minded defensemen who are adept at creating goals. Carlsson certainly doesn’t fall in that category. He has only six goals in 105 professional, international and junior games during the past two years.

Carlsson’s not afraid of the puck and can get it out of his zone, but he’s better at breaking up plays than creating them. He is long and lanky, using his wingspan to disrupt rushes and routes. He got called up to Sweden’s top league for seven games during the regular season and showed enough to dress for 10 playoff games, too.

Carlsson needs to add weight and strength to his frame. While stay-at-home defenders are always needed, Carlsson needs to develop more offensive instincts.

They said it: “Carlsson is a tall, physically strong two-way defenseman who has improved a lot during the season. He plays a smart, cool, mature game and uses his size without being overly aggressive. A smart player who can both pass or play the puck out of danger.” – Chris Edwards, NHL Central Scouting.

– John Vogl

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27.