The Boston Bruins didn't have a first round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. So they had to wait awhile to make their first pick. But when it finally came time to pick, the Bruins selected Linus Arnesson with the 60th overall pick.
"He's a versatile defenseman – good skater, good defender, but not elite offensively," Peter Chiarelli said. 'Defends well, not a banger, just a solid two-way defender – I don't really have a good [NHL] comparable."
The 6-foot-1 defensemen played the last two seasons with Djurgarden in the Swedish second-tier league. In 31 games last season, Arnesson had just one assist and was a minus-3.
Arnesson: Good skater, size. Not flashy- more of a defensive presence. Sometimes tries to do too much- would have been higher a year ago
— Kirk Luedeke (@kluedeke29) June 30, 2013
European head scout Jukka Holtari said Arnesson has Seides/Ference upside; steady, anticipates play,"appreciate him the more you see him"^CS
A rather defensive minded defenseman with good mobility and size. Anresson is not flashy at all, but always gets the job done. Has good positioning, makes easy and smart plays and rarely puts himself or his teammates in complicated situation. Has some offensive upside, and will join the rush at times, but it is his overall sound defensive game that makes him a stand out prospect.
Kirk Luedeke had this to say of Arnesson in early June:
Arnesson is a fine skater with afluid movements and good speed as a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder. He plays an effective defense-first style, with an active stick and strong gap control.
Sounds like the kind of player that would do well in the Claude Julien's system. But he most likely won't be seen for at least a year or two. The Bruins will most likely want him to spend a year in Providence getting adjusted to the North American game. And with Arnesson just 18-years old, the Bruins can afford to take some time with him.
The Bruins have been able to develop guys like Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski, and Johnny Boychuk with time so there's no need to rush Arnesson to Boston.
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