Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | November 17, 2011

Man of the Day 11/17: Gabriel Landeskog

Gabriel Ingemar John Landeskog

Born November 23, 1992 (age 18) in Stockholm, Sweden

Left wing for the Colorado Avalanche

Gabriel Landeskog, the sprightly drafted second overall in 2011 youth who will soon have his 19th birthday, deserves a special look! He began his still-budding career at age 16 in the Swedish Elitserien, the youngest player ever in his team’s history and among the youngest in league history. This was following in his dad Tony’s footsteps; Tony was an Elitserien defenseman. (Gabriel also has a twin sister, Beatrice!) His CHL rights had been with the Plymouth Whalers, but got traded to the Kitchener Rangers, and he moved to Canada all by himself at age 16 in time for the season. During his first year in North America, he roommed with teammate and current Hurricane Jeff Skinner, and by the end of it he was third among rookies in points and goals. Kitchener also went to the playoffs! In October 2010 he was named Kitchener’s captain, the first European captain in team history. Landeskog likes making history quickly.

Draft portrait!

This year, he was drafted second overall by Colorado and Kitchener dropped him because they felt he would make it to Denver right away. They were right. He scored his first goal in October during a game against Columbus. Later in October, he had a two-goal showing in a win over Chicago (sorry, Krista). Landeskog will surely be a big part of Colorado’s attempt to be more of a playoff team. He’s had a bit less luck being part of Sweden’s national teams, though. He did play in the 2009 World Junior U18s, but was left off the roster for the 2010 World Juniors, and though he was named an alternate for the 2011 World Juniors he played just one game before suffering a high ankle sprain. Poor guy! Maybe he’ll be able to play in the 2012 World Juniors!

Last season in Kitchener, he played 53 games, scored 36 goals and 30 assists and had 61 penalty minutes. Kitchener visited the playoffs last year too: 7 games played, 6 goals, 4 assists, 4 penalty minutes. Just so far with Colorado, he’s played 18 games, scored 5 goals, gotten 3 assists and 8 penalty minutes. Like I said, expect to see this kid more for the rest of the season. He has potential.

He also has, uh, one heck of a body.


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