Speaking of exciting prospects, Hoglander possesses a skill set that brings fans to their feet. Whether he’s pulling off a lacrosse style goal, or executing a spin move, he’s a pure joy to watch. This past season for Hoglander had its ups and downs. Drafted by the Canucks in the second round of the 2019 NHL draft, with the 40th overall selection, the creative winger may turn out to be an absolute steal.
Hoglander has a non-stop motor and the ability to make defenders look foolish with his dynamic skating and stickhandling skills. Those capabilities were on full display at the World Junior Championships this past season. Hoglander recorded five goals and six assists in seven games during the tournament.
His season with Rogle in the Swedish Hockey League started strong. However, he went through stretches where points were hard to come by. He started the season playing in the top six but later spent time on the third line. That move may have benefited his overall game as it required him to improve his play without the puck. That is an area of his game that will need to improve before becoming an NHL regular. I would love to see Hoglander sign and come to North America, but another season in the SHL could prove beneficial.
The Canucks are reportedly one of the teams that are attempting to sign Swedish forward Mathias Brome. The 25-year-old winger finished sixth in scoring in the SHL last season with 17 goals and 43 points in 52 games. He is said to have narrowed his choices to either the Canucks or the Detroit Red Wings. Brome is an exceptional skater with creative offensive instincts. He pays attention to detail in the defensive zone as well. His ability to play up and down the lineup may give him an advantage over Hoglander when it comes to trying to earn a roster spot next season.
If signed, Brome is likely to compete for a spot in the Canucks bottom-six. Regardless if he makes the team or not, he could be an added depth piece available should his services be needed.