|LD MATTIAS NORLINDER|
|Birthplace: Kramfors, Sweden|
|Weight: 178 lbs|
|Draft: 2019 | Round 3 | 64th overall|
|Montreal Canadiens own rights until June 1, 2023|
MODO Hockey (HockeyAllsvenskan) 2019-21. *One-year contract extension that kicks in 2020-21 will have a specific out clause that allows Norlinder to sign with any SHL team if MODO Hockey does not advance to the SHL.
Norlinder is a smooth-skating offensive defenceman who can move the puck using both his speed and vision. His skating is flawless as he accelerates with ease and cuts in and out using his great edges. His vision and passing skills are above average as evident in his ability to make long stretch passes. He’s also not afraid to carry the puck from blueline to behind the opponents net showing off quick movements and smooth puck handling skills. Offensively Norlinder looks comfortable in his recognition to activate at the right times and even get to the high slot for high danger scoring chances. His wrist shot comes with decent velocity for a player with a slight frame and has shown pretty good accuracy from the high slot. Accuracy on his release proves to be a work in progress from the offensive blueline. Norlinder is quite efficient defensively as he uses his great agility and stick work to intercept plays or make a quick stick lift and steal the puck. He also shows good gap control on the rush while skating backward.
“Offensively he can create havoc in the offensive zone when he decides to jump into the play. He creates space for himself on the blueline by flawless lateral movement to find an open lane to shoot or find a pass. His sticking-handling is decent, passing is underrated; his first pass is usually accurate and stretches out the opposition and he can make sneaky, shorts passes in the offensive zone as well.” – (HockeyProspect.com)
“Norlinder makes good choices with the puck and rarely puts himself or teammates in poor situations. In addition to skating with very smooth strides, he’s mobile and has great balance. He’s a smart player while defending as he reads the ice very well. With his excellent vision and awareness, he finds partners with great deceptive pass.” (Future Considerations)
“He is both quick and fast. He can win races to loose pucks and he can skate well over long distances to help create zone entries and even scoring chances. He is just as smooth skating backwards, shutting down the rush. Beyond his feet, Norlinder reads the game well, detects threats before they actualize and can act appropriately to prevent them. He makes a good first pass, can skate the puck out of his own zone and has enough smarts to get the puck into the opposing zone.” – (McKeen’s Hockey)
“He owns an excellent wrist shot and will walk the line or spin away from pressure before loading up. But keep an eye on him for making self passes or stutter steps in order to leave pressure in the dust…He has a strong upper body and will use an effective one-arm shove to knock a player off balance, especially in the low slot. Norlinder’s body positioning and routes during 50/50 battles are excellent, and he knows how to eat the puck and kill time if a line change or end of the period is near.” – Steve Kournianos (The Draft Analyst)