2015 NHL Draft Prospect Profile #44 - Jens Looke
Up next is the creative Swedish winger, Jens Looke.
Current Team: Brynas, SHL
Date of Birth: April 11, 1997
Place of Birth: Gavle, Sweden
Weight: 185 lbs
Jens Looke has been part of the Brynas organization in the SHL for several years, and last season he got a crack against the men. Though he did not put up points at the same pace, Looke did not look out of place. He plays a solid all-around game, though he may not possess any elite skills. Looke has drawn positive reviews for his play-making ability and passing on the offensive end of the ice. Central Scouting has him as a top 10 European skater in this draft class and he is projected to be drafted in the 2nd round by most sites, but he could end up falling.
A smooth skating winger with tremendous playmaking ability. Possesses good puckhandling skills and can weave his way into the offensive end and make plays on a consistent basis. In terms of passing, he can find a seam in a fog; don't be fooled into thinking he is simply a passer, as he also exhibits a very sneaky, erratic shot that often finds its way to the back of the net. All-in-all, a smart, offensive winger that is poised with the puck and makes creative on-ice decisions that lead to dangerous scoring chances. - Curtis Joe, Elite Prospects
A solid all-round forward…no real standout qualities but good at many aspects…has a smooth and effortless stride married with good balance…a quick first step and good top speed…his hockey sense and ability to hold on to the puck are his big plusses…will use his frame to battle for pucks but will never be called a physical player…smooth hands but not Patrick Kane like by any stretch…has a good wrist shot but prefers to pass… in the right position in both ends of the ice and does not quit on the play…off to an impressive start in the SHL. - mynhldraft.com
Interesting sleeper who is averaged sized, but has significant upside based on his all-around skill and puck handling ability. Really strong on the puck and a deft passer on the move. Has a variety of fakes and can convince defenders he is taking the shot while he is making time for one of his teammates to actually get the puck to make the play. Has good instincts and good handling the biscuit on the PP. Has shown improving compete level at both ends and must continue to be a better player when he doesn’t possess it. Was on his homeland’s team roster for the World Junior Under-20 at Christmas 2014.- Bill Placzek, Draftsite.com
A Good Fit in Columbus?
Depending on how the first few selections go, Looke could be a nice 2nd or 3rd round pick for Jarmo & co. He has 2nd line potential as a playmaking winger. He still is a few years away as he needs to bulk up and learn to play against better competition. As we have discussed for awhile now, defense should be the priority this draft if possible, but the front office can't completely ignore forwards either. Looks might be worth the chance if he falls into the 3rd round like some experts think could happen.
Looke in Action