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2009 NHL Draft prospect: Tim Erixon

Among a number of high-profile Swedish prospects in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft is Tim Erixon, whose father Jan played 556 games for the Rangers over the course of ten seasons. The interesting thing about players from the Swedish Elite League is that they're already playing against seasoned veterans, unlike North American prospects who stick within their age group.

One has to think that with the experience of working against more mature opponents, combined with the input that his father can provide, Erixon's transition to the NHL should go more smoothly than might otherwise be the case.

Often compared quite closely to his Skelleftea teammate David Rundblad, Erixon projects as a solid, all-around talent. The reputation that comes across with Erixon is one of responsible, heady play and reliable effort. E.J. McGuire, from NHL Central Scouting, says:

"Tim Erixon brings to his Swedish Elite League club team, the same kind of elite hockey skills that perhaps his dad, Jan Erixon, did for over 500 games in the NHL. A smart defenseman who can either lead a rush or support the rush from behind, he was on display at the World Junior Championship in helping bring his team to the final game."

Holly Gunning at Hockey's Future also adds this (follow that link for an interview with Erixon as well):

Having started skating at age 2 or 3 and grown up with dad coaching him along the way, Tim said it's been his dream to play in the NHL himself since he was a little kid. Born close to the end of his dad's NHL career, Tim knows his dad as a player only on videotapes. Jan was a defensive forward, while Tim is a more offensive defenseman.

Kyle from Illegal Curve reported from the World U-18's in Fargo earlier this year:

Another smooth skating defender. Didn’t know much about him until I saw him live. Has the same skill set as John Moore, but does it better. Heavy shot and calm player. Will skate puck to safety when pressed.

Lastly, here's his video from