Winnipeg Jets Draft Daniel Torgersson With Pick 40

Jets add to their prospect pool –  

The Winnipeg Jets added Daniel Torgersson to their prospect pool with the 40th pick on day two of the 2020 NHL Draft. 

With the 40th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the Jets selected Daniel Torgersson, a big left-winger from Sweden.

 

Daniel Torgersson

Round: 2   Overall: 40

League:  J20 SuperElit league    Team:  Frolunda   

Position:  LW     Shoots:  Left   

DOB:  Jan. 26, 2002   Birthplace:  Hono, Sweden 

Height: 6’3     Weight:  205

2019-20 Stats:

Frolunda HC J20 (SuperElit)  GP 39  G 26  A 18  Pts 44

Frolunda HC (SHL)  GP GA 0  Pts 0

Frolunda HC J18 (J20 Elit)  GPG 0  APts 1

Frolunda HC J18 (J20 Allsvenskan)  GPGAPts 10

Sweden National Team U-18  GP 13  G 5   A  5  Pts 10

From The Hockey Writers:

In many ways, Swedish forward Daniel Torgersson has everything that the NHL is looking for in a prospect. At 18 years old, he already has an NHL-caliber frame, clocking in at 6-foot-3, 205 lbs.  Not only that, but he skates well, has a great shot and often makes the right decision on the ice.

Throughout his young playing career, Torgersson has found success, playing at all levels of Frolunda HC in his home country.  In 2019-20, he spent time playing for the J20 SuperElite club, posting 26 goals and 44 points.  He even made a few starts in the SHL, playing 6 games at the highest level of Swedish hockey.

If Torgersson was a center, he could easily be a second-round selection given his size and smarts. As a winger, though, he may be undervalued heading into the 2020 NHL Draft.

What others are saying:

He (Torgersson) is a very dangerous net-front player because of his smarts, big body, and good balance.  He may not be the most creative offensive player but he brings a lot of qualities that every team wishes they had.

Jokke Nevalainen – DobberProspects

Highly mobile, he skates much better than you would expect for someone with his size … Has some explosion to his stride and can blow past defenders with the puck on his stick.

T McGee – SB Nation: Die By The Blade

Torgersson is a big goal-scoring winger … His usage in the SHL is very limited but it’s impressive to get games on that stacked Frölunda team…

Jokke Nevalainen – DobberProspects

He’s a good skater for his size, with a powerful push to his stride. He’s so well-balanced on his skates, and just incredibly hard to knock off of the puck. Torgersson has great timing in his movements as he adjusts to the defenders and the puck-carrier to open passing lanes. He’s excellent at finding open space in or around the slot to give himself enough time to shoot. -EliteProspects 2020 NHL Draft Guide

Analysis: 

This pick looks like it could be a bit of a stretch for Keven Cheveldayoff but I believe not having another pick until the fifth round (133 overall), the Jets felt he was worth the gamble.

Daniel Torgersson was all over the draft rankings (from 1st round to 5th round) but like I’ve always said, the only rankings that matter are your team’s.

NHL Central Scouting: 12th (Among European Skaters)

The Hockey Writers: Andrew Forbes’ March Rankings: 131st

TSN: Craig Button’s Craig’s List March: 27th

The Hockey Writers: Josh Bell’s February Rankings: 92nd

DobberProspects- 2020 NHL Draft Ranking: European prospects: 32nd

The Hockey Writers: Larry Fisher’s Top 300 for March: 72nd

Grade: B

To be honest it is hard for me to have an opinion on Daniel Torgersson as I have never seen him play.  I have to trust what I’ve read and heard from others.  The consensus is he wasn’t a reach at #40.  Because of his size his transition to the NHL might be a little easier and playing in the SEL against men will help as well.  We will have to wait and see.  Ideally, we would like to see him playing with the Manitoba Moose, sooner than later but the Global Pandemic brings uncertainty. 

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