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HAMPUS MELEN
Hampus Melen
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Vitals: 6’2” / 165 lbs.
Birthdate: February 28, 1995
Hometown: Karlskrona, Sweden
Acquired: Detroit’s eighth choice (199th overall) in the 2013 draft
CSS Ranking: Not Ranked
Contract: None (must sign by June 1, 2017)
RWC Says: Skilled Center

STORIES

AWARDS
None Listed

HISTORY
2012-13
  • Enjoyed productive season with Tingsryds of J-18 Elit circuit (24-18-22-40).
  • Ranked 19th among J-18 Elit scorers and had 1.67 points-per-game average.
  • Struggled in five-game stint at higher J-20 SuperElit level (5-0-0-0, minus-2).
  • Not ranked by any major draft publications, went in seventh round (199th overall) to Detroit.
2013-14
  • Returned to Tingsryds for his first full season at the Swedish J-20 SuperElit level.
  • Recorded four assists in first two games before struggling (11-0-5-5, minus-6, 17 shots).
  • Battled heavy fatigue and breathing issues in late November and began to struggle.
  • Diagnosed with an acute respiratory disease.
  • Began treatment immediately and missed the rest of the season.

SCOUT COMMENTS
“He really has talent with the puck. His best skills are his hockey sense and his hands.” — Red Wings director of European scouting Hakan Andersson (June 2013) … “His strength isn’t there, but hockey sense and skill is right up there. I’m not exaggerating. Those are his main attributes. It doesn’t hurt that he’s 6-foot-3. He can make plays and beat you 1-on-1, so that’s exciting, but there’s a long way to go.” — Andersson (January 2014).

STRENGTHS
Extremely talented with the puck … Good vision and playmaking ability … Smart with good hockey sense … Works hard, pursuing the puck when he doesn’t happen.

WEAKNESSES
Despite being quite tall, Melen is thin and has a noticeable lack of muscle … Needs to be more confident in his scoring ability … Must improve significantly in the defensive end.

PROJECTION
Melen is a skilled forward who has never played at a high level and he suffered a big setback early in the 2013-14 when he was diagnosed with an acute respiratory disease. The Red Wings have three more years to monitor his progress and sign him. He’s expected to join Vaxjo at the J-20 SuperElit level in 2014-15 and will look to get healthy and bounce back.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Blekinge TV-Pucken 8 3 7 10 2 |          
  Karlskrona J18 J18 Div.1 6 3 8 11 4 |          
  Karlskrona J20 J20 Div.2 2 0 3 3 0 | Qualification 2 1 1 2
 2011-2012 Tingsryds AIF J18 J18 Elit 26 9 22 31 16 |          
 2012-2013 Tingsryds AIF J18 J18 Elit 24 18 22 40 59 |          
  Tingsryds AIF J20 SuperElit 5 0 0 0 2 |          
 2013-2014 Tingsryds AIF J20 SuperElit 11 0 5 5 14 |          
 2014-2015 Växjö Lakers J20 SuperElit 13 1 8 9 6 |          
  Karlskrona J20 J20 Div.1 1 2 2 4 0 |          

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