20-Jens Lööke- Right Wing
Where Did He Come From? 3rd round of the 2015 draft at #83
Rank in last year’s 21 under 21? 22
Has He Played in the NHL?: No, but he played in the HockeyAllsvenskan league, the second tier of pro hockey in Sweden.
Jens Lööke is an intriguing player. He has played up and down all of the leagues in the SHL, which earned him an ELC from the Coyotes in April. He is a speedy right wing who can produce when he has the chance. During the development camp scrimmage this June, he was playing on the top line with Lane Pederson and Clayton Keller and was heads above a lot of the other prospects.
Lööke had a decent year in the HockeyAllsvenskan league playing for Timrå IK. In his second year playing against fully-grown men, Lööke scored 8 goals and assisted on 8 more in 46 games, adding an additional 3 points in 3 games during the qualification round. He also played in the World Junior Championship for Team Sweden and was usually deployed as the third line right wing, more so a testament to the amount of young talent on the team than his own abilities.
His style is something that will fit into the ‘new’ NHL style. Smart, skilled, fast, and can shoot. He may not be getting all of the points, but he gets the play going.
What does the future hold for Jens Lööke?:
Lööke has an opportunity to get a real look from the NHL team. He is a very skilled, strong right wing, which the team is starting to lack. During development camp, he was garnering attention ahead of some of the players who were in his draft class. Playing in Sweden over the past two season has helped his game tremendously and he should transition to North American ice without much issue. I would not be surprised if he is a late cut in the pre-season, or if he is one of the first to be called up.
The NHL is moving towards the fast, smart players and Jens Lööke is both of those things.