Born April 24, 1991 (age 20) in Timra, Sweden
Center for the Edmonton Oilers
Lander is a youngblood whose existence I was recently alerted to by my Oilers crew. Not as much is known about him right now, but he has a bright future. He’s been playing with the Timra IK Elitserien team since 2007–Elitserien is the highest level of play in Sweden, so that’s not at all bad! He’s also been an alternate captain for Timra since 2009. At the 2010 World Juniors in Saskatchewan, he represented Sweden and captained the squad (hence the photo above). Sweden took the bronze, defeating Switzerland 11-4 to get their hardware. In the second round of the 2009 draft, Lander was selected by the Oilers but chose to stay in Sweden for a little while more. However, he’s signed an entry-level contract with Edmonton and is going to play there for 2011-12.
Lander seems like a pretty serviceable guy: in his most recent season with Timra, he played 49 games, scored 10 goals, got 14 assists and had 36 minutes of quality time with the sin bin. Seems like he’ll fit in well with Edmonton’s reconstruction/makeover/whatever you wish to call it!