Filip Hallander, or Hållander if you like Swedish, is a 20-year-old forward who was drafted by Pittsburgh in 2018.
Yesterday Dubas said this about him:
Dubas on Hallander: “He was very close to the top of our field when we chose in the second round [in 2018]. We picked Durzi, then Pittsburgh picked him with the pick right after… we kinda hoped he would fall to the next pick… ”
– Mark Masters (@markhmasters) 25 août 2020
Which is a good thing to say, but their next pick was number 76 in the third round. Suffice it to say they loved him back then, and now he’s a maple leaf.
Hallander is of average height (for a hockey player) at 6’1 “and 190 lbs per elite prospect, and he shoots left. His last game in Sweden saw him on the left wing, so for now I call him an LW, but he probably played in the center.
Because Pittsburgh signed him immediately at age 18, his contract will slip for the current year the NHL is still finishing, as well as last season, and the Leafs will have him on an ELC. for three full years at an AAV of $ 747,500 (thanks to Earl Schwartz for the calculation). As he notes in his tweet, Hallander will be cheaper than a league minimum player in his last two seasons. It’s a gamble to get prospects in the second round right away, but if you do, the benefits of your salary cap materialize when they become NHL players.
who was he?
Hallander was born in Sundsvall, Sweden, two years after Elias Pettersson. They played together for years on the same junior teams that progressed from U16 to U20, until finally the oldest and most talented Pettersson spent a year in the SHL before joining the Canucks.
Timrå, the team they played for (in the next town) was at Allsvenskan until the year after Hallander’s draft. By the time of his draft, his team had just won a promotion to SHL, and young players are often fired when that happens, but Hallander graduated from the new league with his team. He finished sixth in that SHL season. Unfortunately, they finished last and were once again relegated to the big league.
Hallander had little time on the ice that season, but some serious power play time, which is where some of his points come from, but not most. He must have impressed, however, at just 19 that summer, as he didn’t follow Timrå back. He was loaned out to Luleå, where he played this season in the SHL and is expected to play in the coming season, which begins this fall.
Kyle Dubas said in his call to the press that the Leafs will honor the loan deal made by Pittsburgh, but Hallander can come to the Leafs training camp and he will return to the SHL if he doesn’t make the Leafs. .
Sundsvall and Timrå are found in northern Sweden and look like the gateway to northern Ontario. The trees are pines, the journey is long through the forest, and the towns are far apart. But Luleå is so far north, you are forgiven for thinking that you entered Finland by accident. It’s like Thunder Bay on a smaller scale.
One thing that is very important to Luleå is hockey. The squad is generally good and last season (for them making it the 2019-20 season) they finished first from a distance and looked set to race for the championship. Of course, that never happened and the playoffs were called off. Hallander has just had a successful season in the front row of the SHL’s top team, and now he has the chance to play at Luleå until the Leafs’ training camp opens and who knows?
Watch out, Nick Robertson, there is a new left winger in town.
Hallander finished 34th in the SHL in Corsi% in the season which has just ended. But there were 13 players ahead of him who played 10 games or less, so he’s almost in the top 20. In the SHL, like the Liiga in Finland, the front lines of the best teams have Bergeron Corsi numbers just by showing up at the ice. But nonetheless, he’s 19, or he was during the season, and he’s on the front row of the best team, and he’s good.
He’s always been good.
He was playing U16 at 14, J18 at 15 and moved to J18 at the age of 16. He played his first men’s game while still qualified for the U17 team.
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But how good is that in the North American sense? Where does he stand in relation to Nick Robertson? Four more inches and 15 months more. That’s all I’ll pretend to know, but if we were to vote in the Top 25 right now, I would ultimately have a tough decision deciding exactly where to place Hallander.
Hallander doesn’t have the impressive raw goal numbers Robertson impresses you with, but Hallander has only played 27 games this season after breaking his leg. He missed this WJC, but played in the previous one in Victoria / Vancouver with Rasmus Sandin and Pontus Holmberg. This team were really challenged offensively, and Hallander didn’t have a goal, but like a lot of the rest of the team he was in a good position, a hard worker, and he seems to be a bit more skillful in defense than the winger. zippy medium like Robertson. .
Hallander and Robertson are not two in one genre, they may be exactly as different as the Leafs need their prospects.
EP Rinkside (paywall) has a feature on the trade which includes an SHL season shot of Hallander which is a blurry shot from the front of the net. They have this to say:
Hållander is the equivalent of hockey [of] a 3 and D wing, a basketball term to specialize in three-point shooting and defense. Without a three-point line in hockey, Hållander is content with the other kind of high-value shots – in front of the net.
They mention something that was picked up by Dubas: Hallander is a smart player who makes good decisions. Here’s a video where they break down his game in net:
But all is not rosy in their examination of him. Mitch Brown describes him as an average transition player and passer. And don’t think he’s very good at handling the puck up the ice. There’s a reason, as usual, why this player was drafted in the second round.
They have a statistical model using a similarity scoring method that rates Hallander as very likely to be in the NHL, but not very likely to be one of the top six players. He’ll likely grow up to be someone like Kasperi Kapanen, and he’s not too young to seriously attempt a job in the NHL this season.
Video and covered wagons
The stats are below, but let’s start by watching a video:
He’s wearing a 91, it was supposed to be.