2020 NHL Draft Profile: William Wallinder


William Wallinder his year with an eye-opening performance for Modo at the Junior Club World Cup in Russia, and also helped Sweden take bronze at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup – so he packed a lot in before the real season began.

Locally, he was the top-scoring defenseman on a very good Modo junior squad. “He’s a big D-man who skates really well, and that’s always attractive,” said one scout. “He’s a good puck-mover, a smart player with high potential. He’s the type of guy every team wants.”

Along with his stellar work for the junior team, Wallinder also saw a good amount of action with Modo’s top squad, which had a real chance of earning promotion from the second-tier Allsvenskan to the SHL, but lost the opportunity when the season was cut short.