Ranking The Top 20 Ottawa Senators Prospects: #10 – #6

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So far, the players ranked from #20 – #11 have been ranked here and here. In the preamble of the first post, it is mentioned that the Senators don’t necessarily have the high-end prospects like some other teams do, but the depth is there.

This post continues the list by breaking into the top 10 Senators prospects, kicking it off..

10. Mikael Wikstrand

Defenceman – Färjestad — 2012 7th round pick (Ottawa Senators)

AHL 6foot2 196lbs

The decision to stay in Sweden for another season was a disappointing one for Senators fans. After another productive year in the SHL, Wikstrand was slated to come over and play in the AHL, on north american ice for the first time.

While he’s not coming to North America just yet, another year in Sweden shouldn’t hurt his development as he is still only 21 and is signed to a 3 year ELC that hasn’t kicked in yet. Wikstrand is priming himself for a jump straight to the NHL, as his game often matches the description of what teams are looking for in today’s game.

A scouting report from Curtis Joe at Elite Prospects offered the following on Wikstrand’s game

"“A mobile two-way defenseman. Wikstrand plays a pretty simple game and can be used in most situations. Owns a booming shot and good passing ability from the backend. Plays with determination and has decent timing when it comes to the physical aspect of the game.”"

Wikstrand holds the size (6foot2) and skating ability to play at the NHL level some day.  Wikstrand is a project over the next few seasons. Another good year could lead to the North American debut in the 16-17 season, likely starting in Binghamton. If Wikstrand demonstrates he can play a good, stable game there, the NHL likely isn’t too far off.