So, how long before this kid gets his shot in the bigs?
Vancouver Canucks prospect Nils Hoglander was all the rage after being selected by the Canucks at 40th overall during the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. He was the shining star during Canucks development camp, and his insane skill has been on display early in the season for the SHL’s Rogle BK.
However, Hoglander’s shining moment of the young season came today against his team Rogle’s game against Djurgardens.
Canucks prospect Nils Höglander with an insane lacrosse-style goal pic.twitter.com/9Q1AL3OrSr— Gino Hard (@Ginohard_) October 29, 2019
This is already one of the best hockey goals of the year across all leagues. It’s not too often you see a forward pull this off, especially one as young as Hoglander.
The 18-year-old now has three goals and four points in 10 SHL games. Impressive numbers for a kid that plays in a depth role behind some of the older guys on the team, which is custom for the SHL.
In comparison, he has been more productive than St. Louis’s 2018 1st round selection Dominik Book to date. The German winger has one goal and two points in 15 games thus far.
Hoglander clearly has all the confidence in the world, which was noted by Sportsnet’s Satiar Shah during the summer.
When I spoke to Hoglander at the draft he said he was ready for the NHL this fall https://t.co/nsuaezk1Zy— Satiar Shah (@SatiarShah) July 19, 2019
The Swede landed in hot water earlier this season for a flying elbow, but it sure doesn’t seem like the incident has slowed him down on the ice at all.
If he keeps this up, perhaps Hoglander could be a guy who pushes for time in the NHL next year. Based on confidence alone, he probably feels like he could produce right now.