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Solid D makes Linus Arnesson the 18th best prospect under 25

18th in the series, 1st in players named after Peanuts characters.

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  • Position: Defense
  • Height: 6'1
  • Weight: 187 lbs.
  • League Last Year: SHL for 41 games, AHL for 11 games.
  • Age This Year: 20
  • Acquired: Drafted 60th overall in the 2nd round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Swedish born Linus Arnesson has consistently had one word used to describe his play: Dependable.

While other defense prospects have had car-like adjectives like flashy, high octane, and good frame, and a good number of them have had some offensive and explosive stuff to their games, one particular adjective has always applied and has made sense to apply to his game: Dependable. His play is very good positionally, though it isn't very flashy, it doesn't have a whole lot of nuance to it, but in some cases it doesn't even have to be. His play works, and it's efficient. Like a sedan you'll probably give to your cousin before they go to college before it ever gets close to breaking down.

Scouting reports roughly describe him as a player who rarely puts himself or his teammates in a bad situation, and a player that is more inclined to make the most painless play to get the puck out of his own end. He will join the rush here or there, but it is his skills as a defensive, stay-at-home, lunch pail defenseman that will more than likely get him a trip to the big club at some point very soon.

Last year he came over from Sweden and scored his first goal in North American professional leagues. Here it is:

Sheesh...the AHL's mics leave something to be desired.

Box Score:

Social Media Minute:

Linus and his fellow Providence Bruins pose with a young fan.

    And the list so far:

    1. David Pastrnak (63%)
    2. Torey Krug (47%)
    3. Ryan Spooner (60%)
    4. Zach Trotman (40%)
    5. Brett Connolly (46%)
    6. Colin Miller (21%)
    7. Alexander Khokhlachev (27%)
    8. Jesse Gabrielle (29%)
    9. Zach Senyshyn (20%)
    10. Joe Morrow (17%)
    11. Zane McIntyre (25%)
    12. Malcolm Subban (37%)
    13. Seth Griffith (27%)
    14. Danton Heinen (25%)
    15. Jakub Zboril (39%)
    16. Jake Debrusk (24%)
    17. Matt Grzelcyk (27%)
    18. Linus Arnesson (35%)

    Who's going to be 19?