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Behind The Bench: Patrik Berglund

by on 10/03/2011

Vitals

Born: Vasteras, SWE
Birth date: June, 2, 1988
Height: 6’3” (192 cm)
Weight: 220 lbs (100 kg)
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
NHL Draft: 25th overall by the St. Louis Blues in 2006
NHL Team: St. Louis Blues
Jersey No.: #21
National Team: Sweden
NHL Contract: 12/13
Cap Hit: $2,250,000

History

In his early career, Berglund played for Vasteras in the Allsvenskan league in Sweden. He was among the league’s top scorers every season. Despite putting up only 4 points in his draft year, the St. Louis Blues drafted Berglund 25th overall at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He would spend the next two seasons with Vasteras tallying 93 points in 71 games.

Berglund made his way to North America during the 2008-09 season and made the Blues’ opening night roster out of training camp. Berglund spent the season on the “Kid Line” with T.J Oshie and David Perron. The line and Berglund became legitimate scoring threats as Berglund finished his rookie season with 21 goals and 26 assists in 76 games. Berglund followed up an outstanding rookie season with a disappointing sophomore season that saw his point production drop by half by just scoring 13 goals and 13 assists in 71 games.

Berglund returned to form during the 2010-11 season despite the team fighting an injury bug. Andy McDonald, David Perron and T.J Oshie were all sidelined with long term injuries. Perron and McDonald suffered concussions and Oshie broke his ankle trying to break up a fight. Despite the injuries to the team, Berglund posted career highs in games played (82), goals (22), assists (30), points (52), and penalty minutes (26).

Talent Analysis

Pros

  • Good size
  • Good reach
  • Outstanding offensive instincts
  • Game-breaker potential
  • Gifted playmaker
  • Protects the puck well
  • Willing to drive the net and go into traffic
  • Capable skater
  • Gifted on-ice vision

Cons

  • Doesn’t use his size to his advantage
  • Reluctant to play physically
  • Doesn’t shoot the puck enough
  • Inconsistent and streaky
  • Could stand to work on his overall speed
  • Consistency year-to-year
  • Needs to improve his faceoff ability

Future

Berglund has the potential to be a slick playmaking first-line center but for the time being is stuck as the Blues’ second-line center. Last season, he finished with 52 points in 81 games on an injury-riddled Blues team. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Berglund tally 25 goals and top the 60-point plateau next year with a full season flanked by wingers, Chris Stewart and one of T.J Oshie, Alex Steen or David Perron.

If Berglund can step up his game and produce at a higher level, expect head coach Davis Payne to move Backes to the wing and have Berglund center the top line while Oshie shifts back to center as the second-line pivot. Of course he’ll also need to improve his faceoff percentage before becoming a legitimate first-line center. As a first-line center, Berglund could reach 30 goals and 70 points next season. He should settle into a perennial 25 goal scorer and a 70-to-75 point producer once he reaches his potential.

NHL Highlights

  • Drafted 25th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft
  • 1st NHL Game Played – October 10th, 2008 vs. Nashville Predators (5-2 W)
  • 1st NHL Point – October 10th, 2008 vs. Nashville Predators (Assist)
  • 1st NHL Goal – October 13th, 2008 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 1st NHL Assist – October 10th, 2008 vs. Nashville Predators
  • 1st NHL Multi-point Game – October 13th, 2008 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 1st NHL Playoff GP – April 15th, 2009 vs. Vancouver Canucks (1-2 L)

Career Highlights

  • 2006-07 Allsvenskan Most Points by a Junior
  • 2007-08 Allsvenskan Most Points by a Junior
  • 2007-08 Swedish Junior Hockey Player of the Year
  • 2007-08 U20 WJC All-Star Team
  • 2007-08 U20 WJC Silver Medal
  • 2007-08 U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team Sweden
  • 2008-09 NHL All-Rookie Team
  • 2008-09 World Championship Bronze Medal
  • 2010-11 World Championship All-Star Team
  • 2010-11 World Championship Silver Medal
  • 2010-11 World Championship Top 3 Player on Team Sweden

Career Stats

Allsvenskan: 92 GP, 45 G, 52 A, 97 Pts
Allsvenskan Playoffs:
11 GP, 1 G, 8 A, 9 Pts
NHL:
228 GP, 56 G, 69 A, 125 Pts
NHL Playoffs:
4 GP
SuperElit:
52 GP, 22 G, 17 A, 39 Pts
SuperElit Playoffs:
5 GP, 4 G, 5 A, 9 Pts
WC:
16 GP,8 G, 3 A, 11 Pts
WJC-18:
6 GP, 4 G, 1 A, 5 Pts
WJC-20:
13 GP, 4 G, 6 A, 10 Pts

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