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2014 NHL Draft Prospects Profiles: Nikolaj Ehlers

Wednesday, 06.11.2014 / 8:23 AM CT / Features
By Matthew Bontorin
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2014 NHL Draft Prospects Profiles: Nikolaj Ehlers

Nikolaj Ehlers



Birthplace: Aalborg, Denmark

Date of Birth/Age: Feb. 14, 1996 (18 years old)

Current Team: Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

Position: Left Wing

Height: 5-11

Weight: 163 pounds


One of the fastest rising prospects in this year’s draft is Denmark’s Nikolaj Ehlers. After playing in the Swiss Elite League with Biel’s Under-17 and junior teams, he was selected by the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in the first round, sixth overall, in the 2013 CHL Import Draft.

Coming into 2013-14 training camp, Halifax had high expectations of Ehlers. They hoped that he would be able to help fill the void that Nathan MacKinnon left when he was selected first overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Ehlers answered the call and had no trouble transitioning to the North American style of play. He was the league’s fourth-leading scorer, first among rookies, during the regular season (49g-55a-105pts). He also led all rookies in playoff scoring (11g-17a-28pts) and helped lead Halifax to Game Seven of the QMJHL semifinals. Ehlers later became the recipient of the 2013-14 BMO CHL Rookie of the Year Award. He was also awarded the Michael Bossy Trophy, which is awarded annually to the QMJHL’s top professional prospect.

Ehlers has also been a force at the international level as a member of Denmark’s Under-16, Under-18 and junior teams. This past December, Ehlers scored two goals and added four assists as a part of Denmark's gold medal-winning team at the Division 1A World Junior Championship in Poland.


Ehlers has been called a great playmaker with outstanding knowledge of the game, but what separates him from most skaters is his blinding speed. There is a general consensus among scouts that Ehlers is the fastest player in this year’s draft. His speed and playmaking ability have drawn comparisons to past greats such as Pavel Bure and Peter Forsberg and current NHL star Patrick Kane.

Scout’s Comments:

“He's proven to be a skilled forward who can work some magic. He's got that quickness where he can separate from a check and get to the net. He's got soft hands and passes with authority, is a clever playmaker and very unselfish. Most teams are viewing him as a first-round candidate.” – Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting


Statistics

 Season

Team

League

GP

G

A

TP

PIM

    

Playoffs

GP

G

A

TP

PIM 

 2007-2008

Biel II U15

Mini B

1

1

1

2

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 2008-2009

Biel II U15

Mini B

2

8

4

12

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biel U15

Top Mini

14

8

7

15

8

|

 

 

 

 

 

 2009-2010

Biel II U15

Mini A

2

7

1

8

4

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biel U15

Top Mini

25

34

28

62

36

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biel U17

Elite Novizen

1

0

0

0

0

|

Playoffs

1

0

0

0

 2010-2011

Biel U17

Elite Novizen

28

19

11

30

8

|

Relegation

7

7

9

16

 2011-2012

Biel U17

Elite Novizen

7

4

5

9

12

|

Relegation

10

5

8

13

 

Biel U20

Elite Jr. A

28

17

17

34

6

|

Relegation

4

2

2

4

 

Denmark U16 (all)

International-Jr

3

1

1

2

4

|

 

 

 

 

 

 2012-2013

Biel U20

Elite Jr. A

32

26

23

49

34

|

Relegation

2

4

0

4

 

Biel

NLA

11

1

1

2

0

|

Playoffs

7

0

3

3

 

Denmark U18

WJC-18 D1A

5

3

8

11

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denmark U18 (all)

International-Jr

13

7

14

21

8

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denmark U20 (all)

International-Jr

3

1

1

2

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 2013-2014

Halifax Mooseheads

QMJHL

63

49

55

104

51

|

Playoffs

16

11

17

28

18 

 

Denmark U20

WJC-20 D1A

5

2

4

6

4

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denmark U20 (all)

International-Jr

5

2

4

6

4

|

 

 

 

 

 


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Where Nikolaj Ehlers is Ranked:


NHL Central Scouting has him ranked 13th among North American skaters.
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=712854

International Scouting Services have him ranked as the 11th-best overall player.
http://www.isshockey.com/

Future Considerations has him ranked as the eighth-best overall player.
http://futureconsiderations.ca/

Corey Pronman of ESPN has him ranked as the fifth-best overall player.
http://espn.go.com/

Craig Button of TSN has him ranked as the sixth-best overall player.
http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=49649


Video:

Nikolaj Ehlers 2013/2014 QMJHL Season Highlights:

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 53 10 27 -2 37
S. Weber 53 14 21 -4 35
F. Forsberg 53 15 18 -6 33
M. Ribeiro 53 6 27 3 33
J. Neal 53 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 53 6 16 3 22
R. Ellis 52 6 15 2 21
C. Smith 53 11 6 -1 17
C. Jarnkrok 52 9 7 0 16
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 17 7 .904 2.50
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36