Avs Select Wilhelm Westlund 183rd Overall

With their final selection of the evening, the Avs headed across the pond to select Swedish defenseman Wilhelm Westlund. The Stockholm native skated with Färjestad this past season. The 5'11", 185lbs, defenseman had a goal and one assist in 17 games with Sweden's Under-18 team.

Westlund’s vision is so-so, but his reaction time and instincts are great attributes to his style of play.  He makes quick passes that are accurate, and won’t get carried away in the offensive zone.  He’s a responsible defender who plays the body when he sees the chance arise and has decent gap control.  A knock on his game may be his skating and his overall speed, but the determination and overall game is certainly there.  While he may be a gamble, if he rounds out his game further – and reaches his potential – he will be a very good pickup for any GM at the draft.

Source: The Hockey Writers