2021 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Simon Robertsson, and what the experts are saying

“He’s good at a lot of things but not elite at anything.”

We are less than a month away from the 2021 NHL Entry Draft (July 23-24), so it’s time to start researching the prospects likely to be selected in the first round. The Columbus Blue Jackets currently hold three picks in that round: #5, #24, and #30 or #31.

Simon Robertsson

Position: Right Wing
Team: Skellefteå AIK J20 (J20 Nationell), Skellefteå AIK (SHL), Piteå HC (HockeyEttan via Loan),
Date of Birth: February 05, 2003
Birthplace: Piteå, SWE
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 190
Shoots: Left


Ranked #27 by FCHOCKEY
Ranked #25 by NEUTRAL ZONE
Ranked #28 by TSN/BOB McKENZIE
Ranked #14 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #11 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (EU Skaters)
Ranked #27 by SPORTSNET’S
Ranked #18 by SMAHT SCOUTING

2020-21 Stats

Skellefteå AIK J20 (J20 Nationell)

Games Played: 15
Goals: 9
Assists: 11
Points: 20
PIM: 14

Skellefteå AIK (SHL)

Games Played: 22
Goals: 1
Assists: 1
Points: 2
PIM: 0

Piteå HC (HockeyEttan)

Games Played: 7
Goals: 2
Assists: 1
Points: 3
PIM: 29

Simon Robertsson is a prospect who is said to be really good, but apparently not elite at any one thing. But that's okay. If he can be a solid player in the NHL one day, there’s certainly a role for him.

Scouting Reports

Robertsson was a productive junior player before Sweden’s U20 season was canceled, then he went up to the SHL. He’s considered a two-way forward.

“I like his skating, his shot, his compete. Will (he score) enough be a top six? Maybe, maybe not. But he’s going to play and help a team.”

“He’s good at a lot of things but not elite at anything. Average size and skater. He looks like a lot of guys who go in the late second or third round, not in the late first or early second like he’s being discussed.”

“I like his work ethic a lot. There’s some offense, but will there be enough? I’m not convinced.” - Corey Pronman, The Athletic

I like his willingness to really go at defenders and attack the middle of the ice, too. He makes an uncharacteristic number of soft little plays off of cut-backs and his backhand. There’s creativity and unpredictability to his game, his play on the puck has real value, and his play off of it has improved. I’d more likely listen to an argument that has him lower as more of a late-first/early-second-rounder than a top-14 pick (more on my tiers at the end of this article), but I’m comfortable with Robertson at the front end of his current range right now. - Scott Wheeler, The Athletic

Robertsson’s shot has been the most recognized of his strengths and it certainly lives up to the hype. He possesses an arsenal of different shots with the capability to beat goaltenders and do it often. He won’t ever fill a true two-way role but he is polishing his defensive game to become a more well-rounded player. That said, Robertsson tends to fly under the radar too frequently. He will certainly need more time in the SHL to refine parts of his game and become a more consistent threat before he crosses the Atlantic. - Alexa Potack, DobberProspects


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