Henrik Borgstrom

Aaron Vickers

Borgstrom is a unique forward because he doesn’t seem to be that flashy scorer, but he still put up almost a goal per game this year. He is a great playmaker who displays speed, sound offensive instinct and a solid frame to build muscle on as he gets more mature. He’s an entertaining player to watch because he can slow the game down and will make plays that are hard to anticipate. Borgstrom can dangle, even when there are two or three opposing players defending him. He has a decent wrist shot with a quick release. In the faceoff dot, he excels at winning important puck drops and can even retrieve the puck back from a faceoff lost. On the flipside, the Finnish forward must avoid being caught flat-footed in the defensive zone and do a better job of covering his man more tightly in his own zone. He isn’t particularly physical, but he relies more on his stick and positioning to defend. Moreover, Borgstrom needs to avoid giveaways deep in the zone and find a way to escape from his coverage in the offensive zone to have greater scoring chances. All in all, he is an intriguing forward with exceptional passing and playmaking skills, but he has many areas to work on. The second-time eligible forward and University of Denver commit—who was passed over in last year’s draft after playing under the radar at the U18 level—might be one of the more underrated prospects in this draft.   (May 2016)