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2019 CBJ Top 25 Under 25: #7 Emil Bemström is ready for his NHL debut

We can only hope he brings his knack for scoring goals from Sweden to Columbus

NHL: JUN 26 Columbus Blue Jackets Development Camp Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

#7: Emil Bemström


7th out of 34 eligible players
Writers’ Vote: 7th
Readers’ Vote: 7th
Highest Placement: 3rd (3 votes)
Most Common Placement: 5th (21 votes)


Birthdate: June 1, 1999
Birthplace: Nyköping, Sweden
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 181 lbs
Position: Right Wing
Acquired: Signed three-year entry level contract with CBJ in May 2019.

2018-19 Season

A rising star in Sweden and leading scorer in the SHL last season with 23 goals in 47 games, Bemström’s reputation as a prospect is already preceding his NHL debut. A swift and sure skater, combined with his accurate, hard-to-defend shot, characterizes Bemström as a true threat in any offensive situation.

“He’s going to get a great opportunity here to not only play but play a big role and be a goal scorer on this level that he was in the Swedish League,” Jarmo Kekalainen said in June.

2019-20 Forecast

While still having to prove himself worthy of a spot on the Blue Jackets’ front lines, he couldn’t be coming to the team at a better time. The mass exodus of scorers Artemi Panarin, Ryan Dzingel, and Matt Duchene will leave gaping holes that a talented young player like Bemström can step up and help fill.

Worst case scenario, Bemström doesn’t produce and ends up in the AHL for a bit. However, I know I’m not alone in having my fingers crossed that he brings his demonstrated self-assured style of play to Columbus and becomes an immediate difference-maker for the team.