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MATTIAS JANMARK
Mattias Janmark
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Vitals: 6’1” / 189 lbs.
Birthdate: December 8, 1992
Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
Acquired: Detroit’s fourth choice (79th overall) in the 2013 draft
CSS Ranking: 98th European Skater (2012)
Contract: None (must sign by June 1, 2015)
RWC Says: Top-Six Forward

STORIES

AWARDS
  • 2012-13 Swedish Elite League Rookie of the Year nominee (one of four)

HISTORY
2011-12
  • Led Sweden’s J-20 SuperElit league in scoring (40-23-38-61) with AIK.
  • Also appeared in 18 games with AIK’s Swedish Elite League club, going without a point.
  • Ranked 98th by Central Scouting but not selected in NHL draft.
2012-13
  • Broke out in his first full Elite League campaign (55-14-17-31-32).
  • Finished second in AIK scoring and tied for 24th in the Elite League.
  • Ranked third among AIK forwards in ice time (18:06), was minus-4 and had 93 shots.
  • Struggled on faceoffs (171 of 477, 35.8 percent) and registered 20 hits.
  • Selected by Red Wings in the third round, 79th overall.
2013-14
  • Returned to AIK for his second full Swedish Hockey League season.
  • Started season on fire with 12 goals in first 18 games (18-12-7-19) and 16 in first 28 (28-16-8-24).
  • Battled through a throat infection in December and never regained early-season form.
  • Struggled down stretch with just two goals in final 17 games (17-2-4-6).
  • Finished T34th in league scoring (45-18-12-30) and T11th in goal-scoring despite missing 10 games.
  • Led SHL forwards in ice time (20:20 per game) and had minus-6 and 99 shots.
  • Lost 88 of 132 faceoffs (33.3 percent success rate) when lining up as a center.
  • Struggled further in relegation play as AIK ended up demoted (10-1-3-4, even plus-minus, 22 shots).
  • Saw time on the Swedish national team (Czech Hockey Games, Karjala Tournament) (6-0-0-0).
  • Joined Grand Rapids late in AHL regular season on amateur tryout contract.
  • Notched just one assist in six playoff games (6-0-1-1, minus-1, 12 shots).

SCOUT COMMENTS
“He’s confident with the puck, his speed his fine, his hands are very good, and he’s tenacious — he chases the puck all the time. He’s not physical, but he chases the puck. If he loses it, he chases it and gets it right back. If he doesn’t have the puck, his feet are always moving … I like what he can do with the puck, but that goes along with the fact that he plays with intensity all the time.” — Red Wings director of European scouting Hakan Andersson (June 2013) … “Every team in the league, the coaches I’ve talked to all tell me, they have to look out for him and make sure their D know all about him, because he’s a threat when he has the puck. You look away for a second and something is going on. He makes chances happen out of nothing.” — Andersson (January 2014).

STRENGTHS
A dynamic offensive threat who is more of a goal-scorer but who can also set up his linemates … Self-creates offense … Dangerous on the rush when he gains the offensive zone with speed … Loves carrying the puck and is a good stickhandler with a soft touch … Excellent hockey sense … Plays with intensity and has strong work ethic on the ice … Pursues the puck relentlessly when he doesn’t have it, similar to Gustav Nyquist … Moves his feet non-stop … Good skater … Power-play threat … Can play both center and left wing although he prefers to line up down the middle.

WEAKNESSES
Needs to get stronger, particularly in his lower body, and commit to better conditioning, because he didn’t train in the off-season from the ages to 16 to 20 because of a knee injury … Doesn’t play a physical game … Struggles on faceoffs as a center, winning just 215 of 609 faceoffs in 2012-13 and 2013-14 in the SHL for a success rate of just 35.3 percent … Needs to refine his defensive play.

PROJECTION
Janmark looked on the verge of a breakout season in 2013-14 before battling injuries and struggling in the second half. With AIK relegated to Sweden’s second level, Janmark was a sought after SHL free agent in the spring of 2014 and eventually signed with Frolunda for the 2014-15 season. He has been compared to Gustav Nyquist by Red Wings super scout Hakan Andersson and projects as a scoring-line center/winger at the NHL level if he continues to develop.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 SDE HF J18 J18 Elit 15 3 4 7 10 |          
 2008-2009 SDE HF J18 J18 Elit 22 16 21 37 36 |          
  AIK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 12 2 6 8 4 | Playoffs 7 5 5 10
 2009-2010 AIK J18 J18 Elit 22 8 17 25 8 |          
  AIK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 11 5 5 10 4 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  AIK J20 SuperElit 13 4 7 11 6 | Playoffs 4 0 1 1
 2010-2011 AIK J20 SuperElit 40 11 17 28 34 |          
 2011-2012 AIK J20 SuperElit 40 23 38 61 30 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
  AIK SHL 18 0 0 0 2 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
 2012-2013 AIK SHL 55 14 17 31 32 |          
  Sweden (all) International 4 1 1 2 0 |          
 2013-2014 AIK SHL 45 18 12 30 56 | Kvalserien SHL 10 1 3 4 24 
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 2 0 0 0 2 | Playoffs 6 0 1 1
  Sweden EHT 6 0 0 0 0 |          
  Sweden (all) International 6 0 0 0 0 |          
 2014-2015 Frölunda SHL 13 4 6 10 12 |          
  Frölunda Champions HL 4 0 1 1 2 |          

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