The 2022 NHL Draft is once again stocked with Swedish prospects posed to make a difference. From Jonathan Lekkerimäki, who is projected to be a top-10 pick, to goaltender Hugo Hävelid, who is one of the top-ranked goaltenders in the draft, Sweden continues to pump out top prospects year after year.

Last season, 23 Swedish players were drafted, including six players taken in the first round. This year could see over 20 more players drafted into the league. Here are the top-10 Swedish prospects in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.

10) Hugo Hävelid – Goaltender

NHL Central Scouting Final Report: 2nd (EU Goaltenders)

Despite being a smaller goaltender at 5-foot-10, Hävelid impressed at the U-18’s going 4-1 with a .929 save percentage (SV%) and a 2.41 goals-against average (GAA). He spent most of the season with Linköping HC’s J20 team going 21-7-0 with five shutouts, a 1.82 GAA and a .920 SV%.

His play in the J20 playoffs is what should get teams excited. In eight games, he went 6-2 with two shutouts, a 1.97 GAA and a .925 SV%. He is a project goaltender with potential and if he gets the time to develop properly, could make the NHL one day just like Juuse Saros.

9) Fabian Wagner – Right Wing

NHL Central Scouting Final Report: 27th (EU Skaters)

Fabian Wagner played his season with Linköping HC’s U-20 team registering 38 points in 43 games. He also got the opportunity to play eight games in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) but did not register a point. Known more as a playmaker, he does possess a good shot and can beat defenders on the rush with his explosive speed.

Wagner is a well-rounded player that would have been projected higher if he could play the center position. He has the offensive and defensive skill set teams are looking for, just on the wing rather than down the middle. Regardless, he has the potential to be a middle-six winger in the NHL if he continues to develop as projected.

8) Alexander Suzdalev – Left Wing

NHL Central Scouting Final Report: 26th (EU Skaters)

Although Alexander Suzdalev was born in Russia, he plays for the Swedish National Team and therefore qualifies for this list. The winger played last season for HV71 in the J20 league racking up 51 points in 45 games. He did play for the HV71 men’s team but unlike others on this list, they were part of the HockeyAllsvenskan league rather than the SHL. In the HockeyAllsvenskan, he played five games but did not register a point.

Suzdalev is a speedy winger that is known for his playmaking ability. He has high-end offensive skill and is difficult to knock off the puck at 6-foot-2, 172 pounds. While he is projected to be a third-round pick, he does show some traits and characteristics that should have teams interested.