LW Filip Ahl

HV 71 (SHL)

by Steve Kournianos

Photo courtesy of www.hvkollen.se


Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Height/Weight: 6’3 211 lbs
Born: June 12, 1997, Jonkoping, SWE
Central Scouting Rankings (Prelim/Mid/Final): ”B“/ 8th Eur / 9th Eur
Obtained: Signed with HV-71 in 2011.
Notes: 2014-15: Led HV71’s junior team in goals (20) and points (42) before being promoted to the senior club for 15 games…Placed 12th in the SuperElit with a points-per-game average of 1.24…Registered three assists in five games for Sweden at the 2015 U18 World Championship…Had two assists in five games at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup….2013-14: Became ninth youngest player (16.8 years old) to ever appear in an SHL game when he suited up for HV71 vs. Färjestad on January 23, 2014…Picked up two goals and two assists in five games at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge…Selected in the fifth round (173rd overall) by Dinamo Minsk in the 2014 KHL Entry Draft.

Regular Season

Season Club GP G A P PPG +/-
2013-2014 HV71 Jr. (U20) 24 10 9 19 0.79 +12
2014-2015 HV71 Jr. (U20) 34 20 22 42 1.24 +5
2014-2015 HV71 (SHL) 15 0 2 2 0.13 -2


Season Club GP G A P PPG +/-
2013-2014 HV71 Jr. (U20) 5 2 2 4 0.80 +5
2013-2014 HV71 (SHL) 2 0 0 o 0.00 E
2014-2015 HV71 (U20) 6 3 2 5 0.83 -3

Scouting Report

Filip Ahl is, in many ways, the prototypical power forward. Mammoth size, ridiculous reach, physical and aggressive, and difficult to tactically defend against. Plus, he’s got an excellent shot and displays a real desire to achieve his team’s objectives. So what’s not to like? Anything negative in our view up runs into the category of cliche’d nitpicking. Ahl is a tremendous talent who can play either wing position. He moves extremely well with a long, smooth stride and is very strong on his skates, which can really cause matchup problems during board battles and foot races to a loose puck. Once he collects it, good luck getting it away from him. He can take a hit and still maintain possession, and when he does go to the net, he can be very effective at screening the goalie and positioning himself for deflections or rebounds. Overall, he’s a hustler-type who creates scoring opportunities more from his size and shot than with skill and vision. Defensively, he’s a reliable backchecker and his wingspan provides a wide radius for interdicting passes and shots. You’d like to see him battle more during defensive-zone scrums, but that will eventually come with time and the proper mentorship.