At just 18-years-old, Elias Lindholm, ranked third out of all European skaters by Central Scouting, has earned comparisons to Peter Forsberg.
The son of Mikael Lindholm who played 18 games for the Los Angeles Kings back in 1989-90, Elias scored 11 goals and 30 points in 48-games with Brynas this past season. The 6"0, 192 lb. forward saw his production increase when he began playing with his cousin and Detroit Red Wings prospect Calle Jarnkrok, who scored 13 goals and 42 points in 53 games with Brynas last season.
Although Lindholm is several years younger than his cousin, who was selected in the second round by the Wings back in 2010, he has been called "advanced" for his age, often playing over 20 minutes per game for his SHL team.
From Hockey Prospectus:
He has high-end offensive skills, displaying plus skating ability. He regularly shows his speed in transition, and he can pressure defensemen quickly on the forecheck. Lindholm has great hand-eye coordination and he can really dangle with the puck. His ability to make plays in tight spaces is very impressive. Lindholm's two-way hockey sense is also high end...In his own zone, he makes good reads, and he commits to staying with his assignments...He is fairly firm on the puck, and he can muscle players off of it defensively as well...A tad undersized, and that is his one notable weakness.
Pronman ranks Lindholm 6th overall, above Sean Monahan, because of what he describes as Monahan's lack of "multiple top-end skills" that Lindholm possesses. His size, however, is the main reason I tend to believe the Flames might lean towards Monahan instead, but the fact that he is also described as a good two-way forward whose skating seems to be better than the Ottawa 67s co-captain could make the Flames' decision a little tougher.
From Last Word on Sports: