Nikolaj Elhers | LW Halifax | QMJHL
Height: 5’11” Weight: 163 Shoots: Left
Born: February 14, 1996
2011-2012 Beil U20 GP: 28 G: 17 A: 17 P: 34 +/-: N/A PIM: 6
2012-2013 Beil U20 GP: 32 G: 26 A: 23 P: 49 +/-: N/A PIM: 34
2012-2013 Beil GP: 11 G: 1 A: 1 P: 2 +/-: 1 PIM: 0
|Ehlers has been an impressive offensive force since coming|
over from Switzerland (Photo Credit: NHL)
The talented Dane has been doing nothing but upping his draft status since being drafted 6th overall in the 2013 CHL Import Draft by the Halifax Mooseheads. Undoubtedly, playing with Claude Giroux and Danny Briere during the lockout helped propel this young man’s path to an NHL career as after playing for years in Switzerland, Ehlers has brought his great skillset to Nova Scotia and has excelled with the Mooseheads. In only 40 games, Ehlers has scored 25 goals and added 33 assists.
And it’s easy to point to his family as a reason for his success and a source of his improvements. His father, Heinz is a Coach, his brother Sebastian plays professionally in Denmark while his 14 year old sister, Caroline acts as Nikolaj’s personal coach at home.
Having played in the top men’s league in Switzerland as a 16 year old, Ehlers has displayed his ability to pick things up fairly quickly. A very versatile player, his most deadly attribute would have to be his speed. Considered to be an explosive skater, many point out his game breaking speed, acceleration, agility and ability to handle the puck at those speeds when talking about his game.
However, Ehlers also has a good shot and strong passing ability to compliment his soft hands. Coupling an excellent wrist shot with his authoritative passing ability, Ehlers has the potential to be a serious offensive contributor.
A smart player overall, scouts would still like to see the young winger improve his play away from the puck to round out his game. Said to play a bit like Peter Forsberg, I hope to see Ehlers continue to rise in draft rankings.