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Top of the lottery prospects: Leo Carlsson is back on a scoring streak

This Swede’s a different breed.

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Prospect Leo Carlsson is on a scoring streak in Sweden, encouraging conversations from multiple teams about where he is expected to go on draft day.

Playing as a forward for Örebro HK in Sweden, Carlsson is up to 21 points (8 G, 13 A) in 38 games. Notably, he’s scored three goals in the last five games, for a total of six goals in the last ten games. In other words, he’s been on fire during this latter half of the season.

The Swedish left-winger/center is known for his size (6’3), reach, and hands. Carlsson’s current coach, Niklas Eriksson, compares him with Anze Kopitar. Carlsson also says that a lot of his recent improvements have came from mentorship from current teammate Mathias Brome, a 28-year-old forward who played 26 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings in the 2021 season.

Here’s what Eriksson said about that mentorship for Carlsson from Brome:

“I’ve also seen Mathias be a big influence on Leo. He (Brome) has experience as a national team player, in the Olympics, world championships and in the NHL. If you want to be a pro, it’s good to have someone who tells you exactly what you need to do to be successful.”

Check out what Eriksson might be saying below:

And a recent assist, here:

Carlsson is still pretty consistently ranking at No. 3 among draft prospects, following Connor Bedard and Adam Fantilli. Sometimes he exchanges places with Russian forward Matvei Michkov, but Michkov did sign a contact with SKA Saint Petersburg which will keep him playing in Russia through the 2025-2026 season.

However, with this recent stretch of games, Carlsson may be able to cement his third-place ranking.

Here’s a goal against Timrå on Feb. 15:

Another, against Linköping on Feb. 17:

And most recently, a goal against Malmö on Feb. 20. This goal put his season point total at 21, tied for the most among all U20 SHL skaters:

Carlsson has one more game this week against HV71, so we’ll see if he can keep his point streak going. Looking ahead, though, the most important date for Carlsson will likely remain June 28: the first day of the 2023 NHL Draft.