In my last post about a prospect hotbed, I stated that I thought that Norway had a good shot at producing some quality prospects. While I doubt that he read my blog entry, Norway (and Mats Zuccarello Aasen) received a pretty large endorsement from one Hakan Andersson.
In an interview with the often quiet "super scout", he endorsed Zuccarello's hockey skill and thought that he could play in the NHL, despite his short stature.
He then mentions two Norweigian players that are draft eligible this year that he's scouted and that he's going to be watching more Norweigian hockey throughout the year.
"Zuccarello is a very good hockey player. The small players must prove they are really good. He was unlucky and got hurt last year. Can he come back and be as good again, one should not exclude the possibility that he may get bids from a NHL team. I can actually imagine," said Andersson to nettavisen.no.
Hakan Andersson has begun to open their eyes for Norwegian hockey more and more. There are several players that he wants to keep under review.
"There was a guy that I was interest last season, Andreas Stene (Vålerenga), but he was unfortunately a bit bad at the end of the season. Otherwise there is a Norwegian junior in Modo named Sondre Olden. The guy I am also interested to look at. There are probably more players. I am going to see more Norwegian ice hockey in the winter."
Olden is currently playing on MoDo's J20 team.
Like Hakan Andersson, Sondre Olden really interests me. He's 6'4", can line up at any forward position and his skill set has been impressing on MoDo's J20 team. He's quite skilled technically, with good puck control and is a very good skater for his size, as well as being reliable in terms of offensive output. Even though he's underweight at this time, he's still only 17.
Martinsen is currently playing on Leksand's Allsvenskan team,
but also played for their J20 team this season.
An over-ager like Andreas Martinsen also looks interesting. He plays a tough game and is willing to play the body and drop the gloves. Combine this with his skating and technical skills, and he could be an interesting long-term prospect.