Huskies Go For High End Speed!by Dave Smith | August 27, 2017, 4:13 AM ET
Erik Brannstrom a diminutive, but highly skilled offensive blueliner…a smooth skater who is mobile and able to escape pressure…has great poise with the puck and tremendous vision…makes great outlet passes and has the ability to run a PP…a good puck-mover who can skate it up ice himself and he also boasts a heavy point shot… extremely smart…makes great reads at both ends and knows when to get involved offensively…able to keep up with the quicker skilled opponents not only because of quickness but because of his awareness and smarts…defensively positions his stick and body well to contain opposing players and angle them wide and away from the net…he is very strong and able to successfully separate players from the puck…able to find success despite being smaller…possesses a great understanding of the game…projects as a solid top-four two-way contributor or better.
" We look at Erik , but had no idea he would still be around at pick 22. When he fell to 22 we knew it was a no brainer. We see Erik as playing in Sweden this year and then coming over to work his way up the minor system. We can afford to be patient , so we have no intent of rushing him. You can not teach this level of skill, understanding of the game and most of all AAA skating." said D.R. Morrison.