Los Angeles made one of their classic moves up the draft board to snag a second pick in Round 2. After already taking Arthur Kaliyev at No. 33, with the No. 50 selection at the 2019 NHL Draft the Kings selected European forward Samuel Fagemo.
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2019 2nd RD pick No. 50 (CBJ)
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 22, 2019
LA with another good pick, taking Samuel Fagemo.
One of the best overage players around. With 25 points in 42 games with Frolunda in the SHL, Fagemo adjusted to the pro game well and often let his terrific wrist shot go on display. #NHLDraft
— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) June 22, 2019
Weight: 190 lbs.
Position: Left Wing
2018-19 Season: 42 GP, 14 G, 11 A, 25 Pts
Awards for 2018-19 Season:
From the Draft Analyst
One of the SHL’s top goal scorers was a top-six mainstay in Sweden’s under-18 program a season ago but surprisingly went undrafted in his first look last June. Things are likely to be different for Fagemo this go around, as he was one of the SHL’s top scoring wingers among players under 25. He always displays soft hands, a bullet shot and very good vision. Fagemo makes a lot of clean plays and handles any kind of pass a teammate hurls his way, including long stretch passes and saucers. He’s got good size, agility and quickness for a bigger forward, and he likes to play inside in order to turn a run-of-the-mill zone entry into a chance at the net. If he isn’t glued to the low slot looking for rebounds, you’ll find Fagemo all over the puck during the cycle before releasing for with the hammer cocked. He really loves to shoot the puck and finds ways to get open even though everyone in the building knows what he plans on doing when he hits the ice.
Fagemo is a crafty winger who doesn’t need the perfect set-up for him to bring his hard wrister or one-timer to bear. He will battle hard along the boards for a full 30 seconds, and then in a blink of an eye, slip away from the scrum with the intent to wire one on goal. He has deceptive speed and can keep up with his quicker playmakers, but the biggest strength he has from a skating standpoint is his balance. He can control the puck at top speed and keep it settled, but even a rolling puck won’t prevent him from getting maximum mustard on his shot. It may seem like all Fagemo can do is shoot and score but few draft-eligibles of any age can do it as well as he can.
From Future Considerations
A speedy skater who can drive hard to the net despite his rather small frame, Fagemo displays decent puck skills with stick handling that allows him to beat defenders one-on-one and create space for himself. He has quick first steps with the puck at times, but he lacks top speed to be able to go around defenders and tends to get pushed to the outside when entering the offensive zone. He tends to play a low-energy game unless he has a scoring chance around the opposing net. While he is dangerous around the net and has a decent wrist shot with a quick release, the rest of his game is lacking and he makes too many mistakes with the puck in his possession. He isn’t consistent in his effort and shows a lack of vision and composure with the puck, often relying on teammates to create offensive opportunities and scoring chances. Tends to make too many bad no-look passes even when he isn’t being pressured. Displays strong anticipation defensively as he anticipates turnovers, allowing him to receive a pass to break out of the zone. However, he sometimes gets too ahead of himself and he leaves the zone before his team does. Too quick to jump on off ense. He can be too passive in his own end and at times disinterested in defending. He needs to work on his overall game and make better decisions with and without the puck.
Fagemo is not the only, nor even the highest ranked second year eligible player in our draft rankings. But on behalf of our Swedish correspondent Jimmy Hamrin, please indulge us a mild “I told you so” as we thought he should have been selected last year. After a solid season in the SuperElit and a decent showing in the WU18 tournament, a wise team could have had him with a late round flier.
Instead, he went back to Sweden, scored 10 goals in eight SuperElit games and then
continued to score in the SHL, pausing only to play for Sweden at the WJC. His SHL scoring numbers were the best among all teenagers in the league, outproducing even Dominik Bokk, who was selected in the first round by St. Louis last year, and a number of other high picks. In the last year, Fagemo has become a better skater, with better sustained top speed. His game has grown more intense and he can be difficult to contain. He is a creative player with good hands, but his offensive game depends on his drive to shoot the puck. He can score from long range or in tight. His shot is as hard to stop when he shoots from within traffic as it is when gets a shot off cleanly. He has a knack for getting into open spaces and pushing the game in the right direction. He still needs to improve his work away from the puck, but he is not a net negative there as much as he is not the type a coach puts on the ice to protect a late lead. After being passed over last year, Fagemo looks like he has top six potential and will not have to wait long on day two to hear his name called this year.
Fagemo has an intriguing skillset where he got some big offensive flair to his game. He is not the best skater, but he can manage to gain some speed up the wing, despite a lack of explosiveness and does a good job on his zone entries where he can keep the puck under control, while being pressured to maintain the puck in his teams possession to create an attack.While in the offensive zone is where he really can excel and contribute to his team. His shot is great and he can score with his hard accurate slapshot or his quick-released wristshot. With his right-handed shot he can be absolutely lethal from the left face-off circle on the power play, where he can pick his shot with a little more time on his hands. He has a tendency of making love to the puck and not letting his teammates touch it, especially in the offensive zone he can be found circling around, looking for a shot and will not even consider making a pass. With that said, his vision and playmaking abilities are limited, since he really doesn’t see anything but the net. He is a skilled, goal-scoring winger with good offensive upside, However, he does play on the perimeter and is highly unwilling to go to the dirty areas where there could be any kind of body contact, which is unfortunate since that would most likely increase his goal and point total.
Fagemo does his work from the offensive blue line and forwards, but in his defensive zone and the neutral zone he struggles to be a contributing factor to his teams play and his defensive play is very inconsistent.Fagemo was supposed to be a leading, point producing player at the U20 World championships for team Sweden, but he had a weak tournament overall and only managed to put up 1 point in 5 games in a tournament where a weak team Sweden lost in the quarterfinals.In domestic play he did exceed his expectations and scored 10 goals and 4 assist for a total of 14 points in 8 games in the SuperElite league and got rewarded with a promotion to his clubs SHL team.
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